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Methow mourning and a dusting of new

Friday, 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.


Snowy shroud

Planning your 2016 North Cascades session

Tuesday, 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.

Session this.

Session this.


The shredding continues

Saturday, 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).


Winter’s arrival

Monday, 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!


Powder posse

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Pow posseWith the summer heat not far away, it’s time to start thinking about making some epic turns next season with good friends. As much our experience is about the flying, the mountains, the cold smoke, driving the legs and forgetting about work and worries, adventure in the North Cascades is a lot about being with your crew, experiencing ultimate moments together, and creating memories for a lifetime.
We are in and out of the office throughout the summer here in this spectacular Methow valley, but please contact us soon so we can start pulling together a trip for your powder posse.

(Photo courtesy: John Forsen)

Just like that

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Three months of winter in 10 days.
Was someone complaining about the lack of snow this season?
It has gotten deep.

Mining the goods

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Jeff strikes pay dirt at the yurt where mining for white gold lures the hopeful each season.
Maybe you need some yurt time someday.
(Photo by Larina)

Beautiful mountains, great conditions

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The last storm sure brought some much needed and high quality powder to the area. The 12th man needed some pow and we got it. The 12th man needed a Super Bowl win and, well, we definitely got that.


Friday, January 24th, 2014

The season is underway and we are finding good snow, that is, if you like powder, especially with sunshine. No groomers out here!

Warming up

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Happy 2014 and best winter wishes!
The heli season starts in two weeks and we are appreciative of the storms rolling in this week laden with moisture. It has been a lean start to this winter. This significant upcoming cycle will make a big difference.
Nonetheless, even in the leaner years we have been able to find good snow and fun slopes to enjoy in this magnificent mountain range.
Operation preparation is well under way, including stoking the first yurt fire of the year.
We are pretty much booked for this season due to our user day cap. We are taking reservations for the 2015 season which will run from the end of January to the end of March.
Here’s to a festive, productive and safe winter!

No brrr here!