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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! Lees meer

Packing for any trip is a process that few look forward to; decisions need to be made about what to bring and what to leave behind; Packing for heli skiing at Northern Escape Heli Skiing in Terrace, BC, Canada, is no exception.Guests who now how to pack for heli skiing load onto the NEH bus at the Terrace airport With specific needs for skiing, snowboarding, and lodge life, here are a few recommendations from Northern Escape staff and past guests on what essentials to bring with you. Lees meer

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. Lees meer

Digging a snow pit for avalanche research.Northern Escape Heli-Skiing (NEH) is proud to be selected as the primary heli ski research location by Dr. Pascal Haegeli, the recently announced Chair of Avalanche Risk Management at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. The new Research Chair aims to complement traditional avalanche research by combining the natural science understanding of the avalanche phenomenon with human factors research. Lees meer

Don’t be caught floundering in the powder this season; with a little preseason work you can get your body ready.A skier is falling into deep powder 

Training your body for heli skiing is a nebulous concept at best. You might think that stepping into a pair of skis or a snowboard, climbing in a helicopter, and carving through fresh powder down a mountainside-only to repeat the process over and over again-wouldn’t be something you’d need to prepare for. But the truth is, skiing and snowboarding are high-activity sports, and if you want to make the most of them, you need to invest a little time and forethought into getting ready for the season.

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NorthernEscapeHeliskiing_5Q1A9109 Watch our heli ski guides crumble under pressure when a camera is put in their faces! While on the job in the mountains, they show no signs of weakness, but when you put them in the spotlight, it really goes downhill.

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el nino weather outlookBritish Columbia’s North Coast returns to a ‘normal’ Weather Pattern after two years of anomalous weather.

The last two seasons have seen the creation of three new meteorological terms never before used (except maybe in sci-fi weather movies predicting the end of the world). The ‘Ridiculously Resilient Ridge’ (RRR for short) created the ‘Blob’ which together created the ‘Polar Vortex’, or so the story goes. Lees meer

A group of skiers and snowboarders loading into a snowcat at the bottom of a run. It is snowing.

Join us for the ultimate cat skiing and cat boarding experience at Northern Escape Cat Skiing. We have been offering Cat Skiing as a backup to our Heli Skiing program for many years and we are now pleased to offer it as a stand alone Cat Skiing package in December and early January before our Heli Skiing program begins. Lees meer

It’s that time of year again! The office is buzzing and the cogs are turning! We are excited to all be back in the office and working hard getting ready for the upcoming heli ski season. There is snow on the mountaintops and a nip in the air! It’s fall in the north!  Lees meer

Heli skiing is the pinnacle of winter sports for an experienced skier or snowboarder. To get the best value out of your heliskiing vacation, show up in great shape to be able to ski as much as possible and make the most of your precious days on the mountain. A helicopter can get you from bottom to top so fast, with little time to rest and recover between runs, the potential to experience fatigue and sore muscles is very real. Fatigue is the biggest factor with injuries on the mountain. To avoid missing out on any skiing or snowboarding, off season heli ski training is highly recommended by our guides.

The better overall physical condition you stay in year round, the easier it is to ramp it up when the snow starts flying. Elite athletes train to peak for their big events. In a similar way, you can peak for your favorite winter activity, namely, skiing and snowboarding. In most places actually skiing and snowboarding is virtually impossible in the off-season, so what’s the best way to prepare? The best approach is to choose activities that work similar muscle groups to your favourite winter past time and have fun while you’re at it.

Running and Cycling are great outdoor activities that are fun and can be done solo or incorporated into a social group. When winter rolls around, the great Canadian past time of hockey is a great conditioner to get the legs and cardio going. Other options could be cross-country skiing or swimming. Some people prefer the gym route with different cardio and weight training combinations. If you really want to dial in the best system for you, find a personal trainer to get you in shape and push your limits with a strategic plan geared towards your goals.

All this training is good for your overall health and wellness, which is obviously important in the bigger picture. The resulting benefits will come into play when you show up for your heli skiing trip at Northern Escape ready to rack up the vertical in the deep powder.