It’s official! As of this past Saturday we are half way through our 2019 season, here at Crescent Spur Heli-Skiing – hard to believe!
The last two weeks brought clear skies and some very cold weather, but that didn’t stop our guests from getting out everyday and taking advantage of all that the mountains have to offer (after making sure to pack lots of extra hand and toe warmers!).
Tour 8 saw temperatures warm up and by mid-week it was more mild in the alpine than it was down at the lodge. The excellent coverage we have this season has allowed us to access runs throughout our entire tenure. We have been able to ski runs that we haven’t been able to ski in a few years, and had some incredible runs on The Twins, Madame Cleo and Yellow Taxi down south in the Dore/Wendle Zone. One of our long-time guests, Neal, was back with us last week and he wowed us once again with his incredible photography – a couple of his great shots are featured in this post.
It was a bit too chilly to hold our weekly bonfire during tour 7 (curling up next to the fireplace in the lodge after skiing was much more appealing) but last Thursday night we were able to get back out and enjoy mulled cider and great company next to a roaring blaze. The evening was made extra special by a spectacular firework show courtesy of the crew from Montana, and all our guests and staff were able to make it out to take it all in.
Friday brought our 10-15 of fresh snow, and the groups spent the last day of their trip tree skiing with faceshots in McLeod Creek – a great end to a wonderful week!
Tour 9 is now well underway and the first two days have been spent skiing the glaciers down south. With more snow in the forecast for the coming days it’s hard to say where the groups will end up this week but we’ll keep you posted!
Epic was the word of the week during tour 6, which had a little bit of everything going on. Sunday started out with some challenging conditions in the Morkill zone, but after lunch the weather cleared up and the groups finished up their day on 12 Mile Basin under blue skies.
The next couple of days saw mostly clear weather and light wind, and the groups spent two days in a row exploring the southern most part of our tenure in the Cariboos. There was definitely no shortage of epic views on long glaciated runs that started in the alpine and ran all the way down to the valley bottom.
Mid-week we saw the beginnings of a storm system move through which meant the days were slightly shorter but the skiing was equally as great as earlier in the week. It also meant that when Friday dawned there was 40cm of fresh powder in MacLeod Creek with more still falling, and as our guide Ari described it, it was “classic face-shots-all-day type of tree skiing” on runs like The Quickening and Highlander. More than a couple of our guests simply called it “epic” upon their return to the lodge, and at dinner everyone was exhausted but happy after a pretty fantastic week of heli-skiing.
The snow continued to fall overnight on Friday and we woke up to a winter wonderland down at the lodge Saturday morning. Tour 7 gets underway this morning and we’re excited to see what kind of epic skiing the fresh powder holds for our guests this week!
Tour 5 at Crescent Spur is now done and dusted and it’s a bit hard to believe that at the end of this week we’ll be a third of the way through our season. It’s true what they say, time sure does fly when you’re having fun!
In contrast to the mostly clear skies during tour 4, tour 5 was cloudier and snowier meaning a week of awesome powder skiing for our guests. A midweek highlight for guests and guides alike was skiing the Quickening in MacLeod Creek and getting over-the-head face shots all the way down.
The hazard was low for the week as well allowing the groups to ski some less frequented runs including Vanessa in the Mount Rider zone, and Lagavulin and Viagra in MacLeod Creek – tree skiing at it’s finest!
Our honorary event coordinator, the heli-devil himself, Mr. Garry James, spent his third consecutive week with us during Tour 5 and had us playing all kinds of games every night after dinner. Between the infamous ping pong game, singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody at the bonfire and Richard’s nightly post-dinner jokes, there was hardly a dull moment around the Spur last week.
Tour 6 got underway on Sunday and although the morning presented some challenging conditions, after lunch the weather cleared up and the afternoon was spectacular, a trend we hope continues for the rest of the week – we’ll keep you posted!
Just checking in from Crescent Spur with a little conditions update…
Skiing has been awesome over the last couple weeks and Tour 3 started with 60 centimetres of fresh powder and some great tree skiing in both the Cariboos and the Rockies. As the week progressed temperatures warmed up a bit, bringing blue skies and fantastic days in the alpine. Our guides reported great coverage all the way down to lower elevations where the vegetation is buried deep in snow – a good sign of things to come this year!
Tour 4 was all about bluebird conditions with almost no wind at all, and our guests got to thoroughly explore all four zones that make up our tenure. The weather also meant they enjoyed lunch at the tops of the runs four days in a row which, according to our long-time guide Jesse, might just be a Spur record.
The first day of the tour was spent in the Rider zone of the Rockies, skiing several runs that haven’t been touched in a few years including Energizer and Vanessa. Day two had the groups over in the Cariboos on some classic runs like Notre Dame and Quasimodo, as well as Vintage which hasn’t been skiable in 8 years due to crevasses in the glacier – pretty neat for both our guides and our guests to get back out there this season!
The middle of the week featured a mix of long glaciated lines and steep tree skiing in the southern Cariboos, and more lunch breaks spent at the tops of the runs under blue skies and sunshine. The groups also got out on the Haggard Glacier in the Rider zone for the first time this year, and on Friday as new snow began to fall, they stuck to the Rockies, skied every chute on Kicking Country and made fresh tracks on a brand new run that’s now been dubbed ‘Mama’s Girl,’ inspired by the Spur classic ‘Mama’s Boy,’ where they finished up their day and their week.
Back down at the lodge an unreal week of heliskiing was celebrated with fresh oysters and specialty cocktails during après-ski, expertly grilled steaks and perfectly paired wine at dinner, and then topped off by a slideshow of the week’s photos put together by our fantastic guides (who also greatly contributed to the content of this post – thanks Milner!).
January continues cruising along up here and yesterday afternoon we welcomed Tour 5, a mix of new and familiar faces, and we’re looking forward to what the week has in store for everyone!
Happy New Year from Crescent Spur Heli-Skiing! We hope your holidays were merry and bright, and spent celebrating with good friends and family. 2019 is now well underway and we’ve had a great start to our season.
While our in-house team were busy making beds, stocking the bar and hanging up all our new retail swag, our guides spent set up week in the mountains flagging runs and checking out early season conditions. They found excellent coverage with a 2-metre base at the treeline, and our regular terrain is in great shape for our upcoming tours!
The New Year brought with it a blanket of fresh snow down at the lodge and 70 cm up in MacLeod Creek, which meant some unreal tree skiing for our first guests of the season. Over the course of the week our guests got a pretty full tour of our tenure, including days spent in the Zig Zag zone in the Cariboos and the Morkill and Mount Rider zones in the Rockies.
The first week flew by and our second group are already half way through their stay with us. Conditions continue to be excellent (this morning we woke up to fresh snow and clear blue skies, and there’s plenty more snow in the forecast this week) and we can’t wait to see what 2019 brings to Crescent Spur!
General booking for our 2020 Season opens on Monday, November 5th, 2018!
What does this mean for you? For those currently booked into our 2019 season: You have priority booking privileges for your same space in the 2020 season until November 5th. If you wish to remain in the same tour, please contact our office by November 4th to secure your spot. If you wish to change weeks, please let us know your preference before November 5th, and we will do our best to accommodate you. For those not booked this season, but would like to come ski with us in 2020: All available spaces will be posted on our website on the morning of November 5th, and open for booking at that time. You may contact our office before then to let us know your preferred week(s). The 2020 dates are now up on our website! Please note, weeks are filling up quickly and many weeks already have wait lists with guests trying to get a space. Please contact our office soon to secure your spot! We have limited spaces left in our 2019 season – give us a call if you would like to join us! 1.800.715.5532 email@example.com
We had an amazing response to our New Years Private Heli-Ski Week and it is now SOLD! Due to the overwhelming interest, we have decided to offer a similar opportunity for a private spring week. Tour 16 runs from April 6th to 13th and it could be all yours! The temperatures will be a bit milder, the days longer, and you can enjoy après ski while soaking up the sun on the deck. Have you been wanting to introduce friends and family to the experience of heli-skiing with slower days and a bit more instruction? This week is the perfect opportunity, as it can be specifically customized to your group. Or do you and your friends want to end the ski season pounding out the vertical in the Northern Rockies and Cariboos? With this exclusive Private Package, you can set the pace of the day and make it the perfect holiday for you and 9 of your friends and family. With exclusive use of the lodge, helicopter and terrain for just 10 guests, we aim to make your heli-ski holiday everything you hope for and more!
This 6 Day/7 Night Private Package Includes: • Exclusive use of the lodge, helicopter and terrain for up to 10 guests • Scheduled airport transfer to and from Prince George • Arrival on Sunday, April 6 followed by safety training • Heli-skiing Sunday through Friday, with departure Saturday morning • 7 nights’ private room accommodation at Crescent Spur Lodge • Use of specialized powder skis, poles and Mammut Rocker Avalanche Airbag • 100,000 vertical feet of skiing guaranteed • All meals included • Not included in the package price: Flights, Alcohol, Extra Vertical, Retail purchases, Massage, Dedicated Airport Transfers, Gratuities Package price for up to 10 guests: $140,000 CAD + tax. *This can also be booked as a 5 Day/6 Night package or a 4 Day/5 Night package. Call for details and pricing. Call us for more details! 1-800-715-5532
While we are still enjoying the last days of summer, we are excitedly looking ahead to the ski season! Crescent Spur Heli-Skiing is entering into our 27th season, and we are looking for exceptional people to join the Crescent Spur Team. We are currently seeking individuals for the following positions:
Prep Cook /Baker
All positions are seasonal – running from December 27 to mid-April. Room & board is provided. Wages based on experience. Please EMAIL with any questions or for specific job descriptions. No phone calls please. All applicants must: *Be independent, yet work well in a team *Be enthusiastic and like to meet and serve an international clientele *Be energetic and be capable of working long hours and multiple days in succession *Have strong work ethic and the willingness to roll up your sleeves and jump in and help *Enjoy the challenges of living and working in a semi remote lodge environment *Have Canadian Citizenship or a valid Canadian work visa *Previous service/hospitality and previous experience in a remote lodge settling is an asset To Apply: Please send Cover Letter and Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate the job you are applying for in the Subject line of the email. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. Posting gloses September 7.
What’s your idea of adventure? A private lodge with access to the best backcountry skiing in North America? Exclusive use of a Bell 205 helicopter to drop you into the heart of the action? Bubbles at midnight on New Years Eve surrounded by 9 of your closest friends and family? We are over the moon excited to offer this exclusive opportunity once again! Join us for a coveted private week of heli-skiing to ring in the New Year and kick off our 2019 season. First tracks and unlimited vertical on 1500 square miles of pristine powder followed by gourmet meals, refreshing cocktails, and great company around the fire, could be yours. 5 Day/6 Night Package – December 30, 2018- January 5, 2019 Package Includes: • Scheduled airport transfer to and from Prince George • Arrival on Sunday, January 30th followed by safety training • Heli-skiing Monday through Friday, with departure Saturday morning • 6 nights’ private room accommodation at Crescent Spur Lodge • Use of specialized powder skis, poles and Mammut Rocker Avalanche Airbag • Unlimited vertical • All meals included • Not included in the package price: Flights, Alcohol, Retail purchases, Massage, Dedicated Airport Transfers, Gratuities Package price for up to 10 guests: $125,000 CAD + tax. Call us for more details! 1-800-715-5532
What better way to celebrate the official beginning of summer than to look back at the amazing winter we had in 2018! We were proud to host more than 250 guests from 11 countries over our 14 weeks of operation. Each week brought both new and returning guests that we were lucky enough to create new memories with both in the mountains, and around the fire in the lodge. This season saw great skiing in all 4 zones in our tenure across the Northern Rockies and Cariboos. The snow gods blessed us with over 46 days that saw 10+ cm of fresh snow – our biggest storm dropped a whopping 175cm! All of this fun in the snow was captured in pictures by our amazing guests and guides and a snap from each tour is posted below. 22 of our guests celebrated milestones with Crescent Spur this winter – 8 people skied with us for their 5th week, another 8 for their 10th week, 1 for their 15th week, 4 for the big 2-0. One special guest celebrated both 50 (and then 51, 52 AND 53) weeks of skiing at Crescent Spur! That’s over one whole year spent in these amazing mountains. (Check out our blog celebrating Garry here) 33% of our guests this season skied with us for the first time, and we feel honoured to welcome them to the Crescent Spur family. We are also proud to say that our female contingent grew by 6.4% this year! Let’s keep this trend going and get more ladies out here on the slopes. It’s time to begin the count down to the start of the 2019 season. General booking for 2020 opens in mid-November 2018. We can’t wait to see you all soon! Click here for a little conditions update 😉 Let’s go skiing!