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Now is the time

Friday, June 10th, 2016

To start planning your heli shredding adventure. Forecasters are already calling for the return of La Nina meaning cold temps and lots of snow for the east side of the North Cascades range. Need some untracked next season? Give us a call.

(Photo: Grant Gunderson; Skier: Eliel Hindert)

Eliel Hindert skiing at North Cascade Heli

A glimpse of the backyard

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Some recent footage courtesy of ShrEd McHugh and Mii Productions:

Our House

Riding the wave



A great start to winter

Friday, December 11th, 2015

We are a little over a month away from the start of our operating season and thanks to all the recent stormy weather the snowpack is looking good. While it may not sound that impressive given the underwhelming amount of snow we had last year, there is already more snow at Washington Pass (80+ inches at elevation 5,400′) right now then there was at any time last season!

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)