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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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!
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!
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!
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…
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….
The Heli Devil, King of Hearts, Tequila Mule, Master of Ceremonies, The Boss, Chief Garry, and Garry Trebek .. no matter what you call him, there is only one Garry James. A man whose name has become synonymous with Crescent Spur Heli-Skiing is celebrating 52 weeks of skiing with us! For those of you who don’t know Garry, (and there aren’t many out there) here is our tribute to him. As a (much) younger man, Garry started skiing with us in 2000 and by 2006 was skiing multiple weeks in a single season. This season, he decided to break another record and is currently skiing his 4th week back to back! While these may seem like big accomplishments, combine that with the 109 weeks his wife and two sons have collectively skied with us, and it is nothing short of incredible. Garry has influenced the growth and culture of Crescent Spur in countless ways. Over the years he has used his skills as an event planner to bring fun and festivities to each of his weeks. The countless hours organizing and hosting events such as The CS Olympics, Toga Night, Jeopardy and Wild West Saloons, make every guest feel that they are a part of the Crescent Spur Family. Garry truly understands the meaning of Way Beyond Skiing. As the biggest ambassador for Crescent Spur, Garry has brought many friends (too numerous to count) from his California turf. So many, in fact, that we fondly refer to him as “Crescent Spur South”. We feel so privileged that Garry has chosen to spend so much of his skiing life with us. His infectious spirit and passion for bringing people together are now woven into the fabric of this place. The only question in all of this, was: “What do you give a man celebrating a year worth of heliskiing?” Having blown through our Guest Appreciation Program, he doesn’t need another ski suit or jacket embroidered with our logo, he doesn’t need a free week of heliskiing, (been there, done that) or a video of his friends wishing him well (yup, that too!) We finally decided that what every skier wants, in the end, is a great day in the mountains with their best ski buddy. So together with his wife Carrie and son Garrett, we got to work planning a surprise trip to the Spur for Garrett. This past Sunday, while greeting a new group of skiers on their arrival to Crescent Spur, Garry was taken by surprise as Garrett stepped off the bus to join us in celebrating 52 weeks!
A huge thank you to Garry for all you do for all of us. We look forward to your next 52 weeks with us. We love you!