Forecast quote, fool me 92748 times, you are a weather man.Ah Long Range Weather Forecasts… What can we say, we take it day by day or better yet minute by minute! This year’s long-range forecast for the winter couldn’t have been more wrong. In the fall they were calling for a warmer then average winter that would be death blow to the ski industry. This winter ended up being a great mix of good snow and long periods of cold, clear skies, that made for an excellent season. In fact, it was actually the coldest season on record for BC! Pretty much the exact opposite of the forecast of doom and gloom. Read more

Get fit for heli skiing and don’t be caught floundering in the powder this heli ski season due to sore muscles; with a little pre ski season workout you can get your body ready for the mountains.

Get fit for Heli Skiing Season with These Great Stretching Exercises

Stretching for the Entire Body

Training your body and choosing exercises to get fit for skiing is a nebulous concept at best. After all, how hard is it to prepare for heli skiing or boarding when you are just carving through deep powder and then riding a helicopter back to the top of the mountain?

Don’t be fooled into thinking that heli skiing fitness is over-rated. You’ll be using muscles that most likely, you haven’t engaged a lot during the off-season. And keep in mind; heli skiing and heli boarding are definitely high intensity sports. You can enjoy your heli skiing trip a lot more by preparing your body ahead of time. In the end, you won’t regret investing a little time and doing the right exercises to get fit for skiing…but you may regret it if you don’t! Read more

La Niña Forcast, October 12th,  2017 – John Forrest – Northern Escape Heli Skiing

Bring on La Nina for the 2018 heli skiing season.

Blower Pow thanks to La Niña.

There’s been hopes, there’s been whispers, and there’s been all out rumours, but it’s official now – NOAA released its long-range forecast for this winter and La Niña is back baby!

Not only is she back, but also the NOAA winter prediction is that La Niña will be stronger than the 2017 ski season. And, for anyone who was heli skiing in British Columbia last season, you know it’s going to be EPIC! Read more

Coastal weather imaging showing how heli ski season approaches.

As the Heli Ski season approaches, it seems the Long Range Forecast to date has been pretty much correct and the early season snow keeps on building deeper and deeper! Reports and observations confirm that this past week alone, we received over 2 meters (6 feet) of snow, treeline and above, and it’s showing no signs of stopping! We expect to see another 1 to 2 meters (3 to 6 feet) more over the next several days. Read more

A skier who did his preseason heli ski exercise shredding the slopes. Don’t let tired, shaky legs cut your time on the slopes short! Now is the time to start a preseason heli ski exercise program to begin training your muscles for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. With these three simple leg workouts you can improve your stamina, get your legs ready and ensure that you get the most out of every day on the hill. Read more

View of the Skeena Mountains.Here comes the snow. It has officially started to fall in the Skeena Mountains. As we sit in the office looking up at the freshly dusted mountain tops, we can’t help but think of what the season has in store for us.  All the forecasts point to a cold snowy winter and from the looks of this early white stuff, we are on track for an epic one!

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The new winter forecast is snow.

Weather map showing the jet stream of snow.

Jet stream on the war path!

It puts ENSO (EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION) neutral conditions lasting well into fall before Ullr’s prized pow arrives for the winter. However, that same forecast has the jet stream moving further north as a ridge builds along the Pacific Crest, giving way to large snowfall totals for the Pacific North West, along with coastal and interior British Columbia. We are excited about this winter forecast for snow, snow, snow. Read more

We Are Back ~ in the office that is!Group staff photo in front of Yellow Cedar Lodge. We Are Back! It is that time of year again when we reassemble the crew to start planning the upcoming Heli Ski season. After a long summer we are all very excited for the snow to fall and have our guests arrive. This is a busy time at NEH as there is a lot of things that need to happen in what feels like a short amount of time. Doesn’t help that all we can think about is SNOW! The weather in Terrace has been more in line with what we consider “normal”. It feels like we are for a cold stormy winter which means Deep Dry POW! Read more

la nina weather phenomenon

The Weather forecasters are at it again! With this season being unseasonably warm for us up in the north due to el Nino, the prediction for next season is LA NINA!!  This is great news for skiers and boarders.  The last La Nina for us was in 2011 and that was a year of record snow! Read more

Positive preseason conditionsSo far every foray into the mountains has seen the guides returning with smiles on their faces and reporst of positive preseason conditions. “The skiing has been excellent,” reports Owen Day, assistant guiding operations manager. “We’ve had some really productive days in the mountains,” adds Mikey Olsthoorn, guiding operations manager, “we’ve been digging and building landings and pick ups. Many of our classic heli ski runs are ready to go.”

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