Archive for December, 2008

Special offer for Washington State resort season’s pass holders

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

North Cascade Heli is working with and Washington ski resorts to offer season’s pass holders from any Washington resort our “ski industry” rate of $700 per person per day (plus tax). That’s $225 off a single day program and $450 off a 3 day program- one heck of a deal!

This offer is good this season only and is valid for any peak season 1 or 3 day heli ski/ride program (peak season is from January 20th, 2009 to the end of the season on March 15th, 2009). This rate applies to both new and existing bookings and you must present your pass upon arrival to take advantage of this special offer. Call the office at 800-494-4354 to secure your dates.

Season opening now 1/1/09

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Given the slow start to the winter, we’ve decided to push our season opening back until the new year in order to give Mother Nature a chance to catch up. We’ve been getting snow from the recent storms, but wanted to build a better base before we opening for the season. The heli will be here around the 28th, so check back for field reports from NCH recon missions before the end of the year.

While we’re on the subject of the Powder train, Larry Schick at has recently revised his forecast to indicate we “have moved from a neutral to a neutral/weak La Nina condition in the tropical Pacific. Recall last seasons moderate La Nina which produced exceptional Cascades snow. I think what this implies is a more robust snow pattern for the Cascades for the next few months.” We couldn’t have asked for a better early Christmas present!

More powder stoke!

Monday, December 15th, 2008

We always love it when we see videos our guests have put together from their trips with us. We just found this video from last season on YouTube and thought we’d share the fun.

Winter has arrived!

Monday, December 15th, 2008

After fits and starts, it looks like the collective snow dance has paid off. The data from Washington Pass is reporting cold temps and 20″ at the Pass, with more up high. And what has fallen is nice light fluff.

We also have a nice blanket of white here at the barn. All signs point to some great skiing up high by opening day (Monday 12/29/08). We’re expecting the heli here this coming weekend, so expect some field reports from staff recon missions once we have the bird.

Fat flakes falling at the barn.

Fat flakes falling at the barn.

All we wanted for Christmas was a brand new AStar

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

And it looks like our wish will be granted in partnership with Classic Helicopters, out of Woods Hole, Utah. In speaking with Seamus, we’re lucky to have this brand new bird, which is currently being outfitted for its maiden heli-season. He’s very impressed with the ski set up, avionics package, and power this bird can muster (and he’s one to judge a heli after 40 years of flying them).

One sweet looking chairlift

One sweet looking chairlift