October 9th, 2015
Aficionados of untracked powder take note: Winter is in the air with gorgeous fall colors adorning the valley and mountains.
Now is the time to reserve your dates for adventure in the North Cascades.
Our schedule is filling up and we don't want to see you left out in the cold with no powder to shred.
We hope to hear from you soon!
September 4th, 2015
Well, it has been a strange, stressful and sad time here in the Methow Valley the last few weeks due to the impacts of wildfires. The loss of three firefighters in the Twisp River area two weeks ago has been difficult to absorb and accept, especially the death of 20-year-old Tom Zbyszewzki, who grew up here and was a great kid with so much potential. His mother, Jennifer, the recreation and outfitter supervisor at our local USFS district, has worked for many years with North Cascade Heli. Words fail to properly convey our shock and grief due to this tragic incident. On behalf of everyone at NCH, we humbly extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the fallen.
With a fairly dramatic change in the weather recently, autumn is in the air, a far better scenario than that of haze and smoke. Storms have brought some rain to the region as well as a light dusting of snow at the higher elevations. We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit the Methow and enjoy the pleasant conditions typically found here in September and October.
Looking ahead to better days, the recent cooler temperatures are a reminder that the winter season is coming soon. We hope you will be joining us here at the end of the road. Until then, take care and appreciate each day as much as possible.
July 23rd, 2015
It's been a beautiful summer here in the Methow, almost too nice, as we could use a bit more moisture to balance out the dryness. As much as we love the sunny days and cool evenings this valley enjoys, as well as the wealth of summer recreation constantly beckoning us, we need to dream ahead about this coming winter. Forget about dire El Nino forecasts. Why despair about something that hasn't even arrived yet? Plus, it's mountain weather – who really knows what is going to happen in a few months.
Winter isn't too far down the line. The east side of the North Cascades had the best, and in some ways, the only, reliable skiing in the state last year. We can only think, like in every winter, next season won't be any different.
If you're starting to think about shredding untracked snow through stunning terrain, give us a call. We can help.
(Photo: Bob Legasa)
May 19th, 2015
It has been a beautiful spring here in the Methow Valley as we transition into summer. Hopefully things will be a bit quieter and subdued with the wildfire situation this time around, especially with the low snowpack scenario for much of the state.
Maybe it is because we didn't get in as much powder skiing last winter like we normally like to experience that we are already looking forward to next winter. Crazy, huh? But you are probably like us, and many of guests, and skiing or riding untracked powder in the resplendent North Cascades with friends and family is not something you dream about, but that you expect and look forward to each year.
Well, it is time to start planning and book your trip. Give us call, or shoot us an email. We are in and out of the office during the summer months, but we will respond quickly and help you get lined up for another session of fun and adventure in the North Cascades.
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March 31st, 2015
Well, that bittersweet day is here when the heli leaves Mazama and we wrap up the season at the heli barn.
It wasn't the best winter, but we certainly made the best of it, and we have our staff and guests to thank for that with everyone's "pumped to be stoked" attitude!
The North Cascades Highway is set to open soon, and some winter-like weather is on its way for the Pacific Northwest, so we hope you enjoy some April powder turns or just some fun mountain time. We are already looking forward to next year and hope that you will be paying us a visit in 2016.
Until then, all the best from everyone here at North Cascade Heli!
March 15th, 2015
Greetings, skiers and riders!
It is Sunday afternoon and it is snowing heavily in Mazama (2,200') and expected to continue throughout the night with lowering temperatures. The report from the crew at the yurt (6,200') is over a foot of low density snow has fallen and that the skiing is great. This indicates excellent snow surface conditions throughout our tenured area (elevations up to 8,600').
With the biggest snowstorm of the year coating our plentiful North Cascades snowpack, the conditions will be excellent for the remaining two weeks of our season.
Even better news is that we have good availability for all our programs, including a few slots out at the yurt.
Are you desiring some powder turns in one of the most dramatic mountain ranges on the planet?
Give us a call. We got some if you need it.
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March 7th, 2015
The stoke has been high at the heli-barn as skiers and riders have been enjoying spectacularly classic North Cascades views and descents. For the apparent disaster of a winter the Northwest has presumably endured, guests have been shredding pow and corn, as well as some other snow sliding surfaces, with joy, spirit and determination.
We are continually impressed with everyone's upbeat attitudes despite some challenging conditions, but guess what?... The skiing and riding has been pretty darn fun!
If this is what a bad winter is like, we'll take it!
Silver Star Mountain. (Photo courtesy of Jason Paulsen).
February 17th, 2015
If it can't be over the head blower, it might as well be bomber corn in the sun. We're blessed to have the best coverage in Washington and the fastest quad in the state. Thanks Larina for the great shot.
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January 3rd, 2015
Here's to a season of good times in the mountains with friends and family while soaking in the alpine ambiance and shredding some powder!
The season starts in 3 weeks and the North Cascades look splendid.
All the best from everyone at NCH!!
December 15th, 2014
While other parts of the Northwest are sorely lacking snow, the high country near the Methow Valley survived last week's pineapple punch, and the snowpack is looking pretty good, all things considered. Fortunately for everyone, there is snow in the forecast all this week and beyond with the solstice approaching and the official start of winter.
Yahoo! Bring it on, old man winter!