Tour 6- An Epic Week!

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.

A spectacular day in the Dore
Sendin’ it on a steep slope down south

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.

A wild powder hound emerges from the trees!

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.

Classic ‘face-shots-all- day’ type of tree 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 – A Glacier Sized Good Time

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!

Faceshots Abound All Week!

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!

Monte Making an Entrance
Eddie Just Sendin’ It

Willi was All Smiles in MacLeod Creek

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.

A Classic Canadian Way to Wind Down a Great Day in the Mountains

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!

January Conditions Update

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!

Enjoying the fresh 60 cm on Highlander!
Doug Proving Heli-“Skiing: Isn’t Just for Skiers

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!

Notre Dame in all its Glory!!

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!).

Garry Enjoying the View!
Another Tough Day on the Job for Our Guiding Team
A Happy Bunch! Thanks to Bruce & The Snow Performance Gang for a Great Week!
A Great End to an Even Greater Day

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!

Just 3 Seats Left in This Epic Season!

March 30 ~ We woke up to another 6″ of fresh snow! Over 3 feet in total for the week!
Spring has not sprung in the Spur, and winter like ski conditions continue. Over 3 feet of snow has fallen this week – and 6″ of fresh just last night! Cool temperatures and more snow are in the forecast of the coming weeks. We have 3 seats left in the final week of our season – April 7-14, 2018. This is a unique package – with a maximum of 10 guests having exclusive use of the lodge, helicopter and terrain. A “private” group experience for the special price of $8,255 CAD + tax. Call us for more details! 1.800.715.5532 We hope join us for April powder in the mountains and après ski on the deck in the sun! Check out our Instagram & Facebook feeds for more shots of this incredible season!
Long silky runs in the alpine
Macleod Creek still delivering at the end of March!

March 3-10 Update

March came in with a BANG! Another great week in the books to keep an epic season rolling. A series of small convective cells delivered 50cm of new snow throughout the week, keeping things fresh and over the boot tops. Temperatures started out a bit cooler, but warmed up to a pleasant -5 degrees by the end of the week. Conditions allowed us to explore the Morkill, Dore/Wendle and Mount Rider zones, meaning we were able to ski all the best of our terrain – from our naturally gladed tree runs to big open glacial tracks. Thanks to our guests from Slovenia and across the USA for a great week!

Samo Vidic shredding on Morpheus ~ Photo: Ari Bruns
The gang having lunch at the bottom of Pumpitude ~ Photo: Ari Bruns
Sam about to leave his mark on that blank canvas ~ Photo: Jesse Dyer
Drake blowin’ smoke on Nunatuk ~ Photo: Ari Bruns
Aljosa bombing the slopes ~ Photo: Samo Vidic
Matjaz “Sugar” Sogoric ~ Photo: Samo Vidic

Conditions Update: A February to Remember – 390cm overall snowfall!

As February has drawn to an end, and the snow continues to fall, we thought we would take a look back at the last month and all of the amazing days we have been blessed with out in the mountains! Tours 7, 8, 9, and 10 were lucky enough to be part of one of the most epic February’s in recent history. Cold temperatures and a total snowfall of over 390cm (!!!) meant we skied blower, chest deep powder more often than not, and saw us revelling in many storm skiing days in McLeod Creek in the Zig Zag Zone. You know it’s good when the poor guides start complaining that their cheeks are getting too cold from all of the darn snow flying in their faces! We think our guests say it best, so here are a few comments from the past few weeks. “Best ski trip ever!” – Jeff G. “Words do not explain how I feel!! Wonderful!” – Mike F. “Best skiing of my life, thank you so much. I’ll never, ever forget this special week.” – Ed K. “This is the best vacation of my life.. don’t tell my wife!” – Dan O. And because a picture is worth a thousand words…

Snowy pillows ready for some action! ~ Photo by Neal Rogers
Whiskey Papa scoping the tracks in Tour 8 ~ Photo by Ari Bruns
Bob W. breaks on through to the other side ~ Photo by Ari Bruns
Eddie enjoying a snowy day in the trees of McLeod Creek ~ Photo by Ari Bruns
Frank tearing it up in the Morkill ~ Photo by Ari Bruns
Blower ~ Photo by Neal Rogers
Get this man a snorkel! ~ Photo by Jesse Milner
The man who’s usually behind the lens, Mr. Neal Rogers! ~ Photo by Ari Bruns
A snowy situation! ~ Photo by Neal Rogers
Whiskey Papa, coming in hot! ~ Photo by Neal Rogers
Zac C. carving those silky turns ~ Photo by Christine Feleki

Last Minute Spaces Available March 3-10!

The skiing this winter has been epic, and the forecast is looking good for the coming weeks!  We have 2 last minute spaces available in Tour 11-18, March 3-10! Call the office for details. 1-800-715-5532 (+403-281-1107).  Here are a few pictures from the last week to give you an idea of what you would be signing up for….

A Great Way to Spend Valentine’s Day ~Photo by Neal Rogers
Face shots on Highlander ~ Photo by Neal Rogers    
Powder & Blue Skies in the Morkill ~ Photo by Neal Rogers
Join us on Top of the World! ~Photo by Ari Bruns
Snorkels Required ~ Photo by Neal Rogers
It’s Deep! ~ February 17

January 20-27 Update

It was a breezy start to the week, one that may have deterred others, but this group (comprised of 50% first time heli-skiers) didn’t let a little wind scare them off! Their perseverance that first day was rewarded with a fantastic week that contained conditions ranging from sunny skies and cold temps to snowy skiing in the trees of McLeod Creek. To everyone who skied with us this week – Thank you for your positive attitude, comradery, and infectious spirit!

Sparky & Garry ready to take on the world
Ben cutting through the white gold
Tele Tim
Ted & Sparky split the difference
A mighty good day in the Morkill

January 6-13 Update

What an amazing start to the 2018 Season! Fresh snow combined with cold temps mid-week made for excellent early season conditions. The group got the full tour of our terrain, conquering Mount Rider, The Morkill and McLeod Creek in the Zig Zag Zone. We were fortunate to host some wonderful people who are working on some exciting projects with us. Early in the week we had Frank and Mike out from Citizen Pictures, who shot footage for a new Orientation and Safety video and Andy and Taylor were here from Heli to shoot content for some exciting partnerships in the near future! Thank you to everyone who contributed to a great week out in the mountains! There are still spaces available in this same week in 2019! Call us for details – 1-800-715-5532

Scott Lindsay shredding in the Mount Rider Zone! Photo: Andy Culp @heli
Robert Morgan telemarks with the best of them! Photo: Ari Bruns
Having too much fun on “Slap Activated” Photo: Ari Bruns
Your chariot awaits! Photo: Ari Bruns
Lunch next to McLeod Creek. Photo: Andy Culp @heli

A Great Start to 2018!

Happy New Year! We have had a great start to the season with some excellent skiing! Guides got into the mountains on December 30 and have toured Quartz Creek, Macleod Creek, the Morkill and are cruising Mount Rider today. Coverage is good and the skiing has been excellent with boot top faceted powder.  Our first group arrives on January 6 and there are cold temps and more snow in the forecast for the next week!