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.
After three years of searching, Kingfisher just tapped into the motherlode. Kingfisher Heliskiing is the proud new owner of The Gold Panner Resort, an iconic landmark nestled at the base of the Monashee Mountains in Cherryville, British Columbia, Canada. Kingfisher is glad to put down some roots and the local community will benefit from even more visitors when Kingfisher expands the Gold Panner Resort to a full-time, year-round operation.
The famous resort and campground has been welcoming summer visitors for generations. Long before that, Gold Panner Resort was at the heart of the gold rush from 1863 to 1930. Over $112,000,000 of gold in today’s dollars was mined in the area. Owners Tim Shenkariuk, Matt Devlin, and Ed Lewis say “To be able to lay down roots in such a beautiful part of the world is indescribable. We are excited to become permanent residents of the community.”
Another huge benefit for the new base of Kingfisher Heliskiing is being less than an hour and a half from the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and easy to get to right off Highway 6.
The Kingfisher Heliskiing crew was out testing the snow in late November, and conditions were looking like mid season. These pictures and video show them getting after it and having some fun in the sun. British Columbia has been getting dumped on over the past couple weeks, and there is a week more of it in the forecast.
If you've been looking for a way to go heliskiing in BC's legendary Monashee mountains, then 2015-16 is the time to go! Give them a call and reserve your seat today.