Our resident photographer Geoff Holman had a photo selected for the Top 25 of the Red Bull Illume Contest. This shot was taken on a helicopter-assisted ski touring adventure at a new lodge called Mountain Ski. The conditions we perfect. Cool temps, sunshine, powder and frost laden larch trees. Congrats to Geoff on being recognized in this competition.
It was announced today that Eagle Pass Heliskiing will be operating a brand spanking new lodge for the upcoming 2017 season. Situated on 8 acres of premium BC backcountry sits a 9500 sq ft lodge designed to accomodate all the needs and wants of 12 powder hungry heliskiers at a time.
VP and Lead Guide Scott Newsome had this to say:
“This is a very exciting time for Eagle Pass and all of our guests. As the company has continued to evolve over the last 6 years, the need for a lodge of this magnitude became extremely apparent. Eagle Pass Heliski has continually strived to redefine the expectations within the Canadian Heliski community, and the construction of this lodge is another example of our commitment to our guests “
With a massive snow year expected and the new lodge experience, Eagle Pass Heliski will be a place you should be putting on your list this season.
The mountains are alluring...the danger is looming
For us in Canada, heli skiing has it's risks. Every trip we are reminded of avalanche risk, terrain risk and also learn about respecting the machine we are flying in. But exploring heliskiing in Kashmir has an entirely different risk! There is something called the 'Line of Control' between India and Pakistan. It is littered with artillery with a missile range of 5km and both sides are forbidden to fly in that zone. But you know skiers...where there are powder laced mountains we want to explore...
Northern Escape Heliskiing is rewarding one lucky winner with a 4 day trip just for entering the contest. The draw will take place at the end of the 2016 season and the trip will happen in the 2016/17 season. So enter today and cross those fingers!
Here is a great little video from Snowseekers.ca on the history and overview of Purcell Heliskiing. They are located around Golden BC amongst some staggering peaks and seemingly endless bowls of powder. You can tell the owners live and breathe the lifestyle of heliskiing. In fact, the owner makes note that his father was a mountain guide in Europe and now he is passing the torch to his son adding up to 3 generations of guides in the family.