Archive for January, 2009

Yurt-vana, 125-1/28/09

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
We just had a happy group of 8 folks come back in from 4 days of yurt-vana at our backcountry yurt near Windy Pass. While temps started quite cold, the last system delivered a tasty helping of pow about 10" deep. More on the way this week and weekend. Anyway, enough words, time for some pics:     [caption id="attachment_178" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Big smiles all around"]Big smiles all around[/caption]         [caption id="attachment_177" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Skip rips it up!"]Skip rips it up![/caption]     [caption id="attachment_179" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Geoff is thinking pow about now"]Geoff is thinking pow about now[/caption]               [caption id="attachment_170" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Duncan on his splitty enjoying some fluff"]Duncan on his splitty enjoying some fluff[/caption]

More pics from this weekend!

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
     Thanks to Kent, Syd, Fred and Nat for coming skiing with us this weekend and sharing your pics!       [caption id="attachment_158" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="nice looking turns"]nice looking turns[/caption]         [caption id="attachment_155" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Syd shows some nice form"]Syd shows some nice form[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_153" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Nat skiing strong"]Nat skiing strong[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_152" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Kent G makes some nice turns"]Kent G makes some nice turns[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_150" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Fred H makes some nice turns"]Fred H makes some nice turns[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_154" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Syd, Fred and Nat at the Lyall top LZ"]Syd, Fred and Nat at the Lyall top LZ[/caption]

2 seats open this coming Friday and Sunday

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
We're looking for a few more folks to round out a group of 4 this coming Friday and this coming Sunday. Good chance to get on out here and sample what should be some cold smoke freshies. Call the office today to book your date!

The past week at NCH

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
After over a week of sunny skies, warm temps in the mountains and a chilling inversion in the valley, the high ridge of pressure over the North Cascades has broke down and we expect to receive a much-welcomed dose of snow the next few days and perhaps into next week. During this time, good skiing and great times in the mountains were experienced. It wasn't blower, over the hood pow, but we were able to farm some soft snow as well as some corn and butter. We have openings left in both the end of January as well as in spots throughout February and March. Please contact the North Cascade Heli office for heli-skiing and riding opportunities this season.     [caption id="attachment_144" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Rachelle W., Sims W. and Steve H. take in the view on Black Peak"]Rachelle W., Sims W. and Steve H. take in the view on Black Peak[/caption]

Conditions update 1/15/09

Friday, January 16th, 2009
Two groups today enjoyed pretty darn good snow in spite of the current weather pattern- instep to boot top pow out near Easy Pass and on the Lyall glacier. A fun mix: a little butter, some nice cold fluff, and some in between. We'd like to think this is the best off-piste skiing to be had in Washington state these days!

[caption id="attachment_140" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Mark and Ellen get their tele on!"]Mark and Ellen get their tele on![/caption]

more goodness had 1/15/09

Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Thanks to some stable flying conditions (aka Bluebird!!), we were able to to get back out West today to take advantage of the north to north east facing slopes of Easy Pass and the Lyall Glacier. Two groups of tele skiers and shredders were able to score some good turns on a tasty mix of fluff, butter and fluffy-buttery goodness.    In spite of the inversion and warming trends, slopes out of the sun seem to to be holding what we believe is the tastiest snow to be had in the PNW. As one guest put it today "we are the only 8 riders in the northwest to be riding pow today". Perhaps with the exception of some folks out for a burly tour, you bet. Thanks to the magic carpet ride we call N352CH. A few pics attached- videos to follow.     [caption id="attachment_133" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="N352CH dropping some guests on the Lyall Glacier LZ"]N352CH dropping some guests on the Lyall Glacier LZ[/caption]    
nice cpot for some tasty sandies!
nice spot for some tasty sandies!
[caption id="attachment_135" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="that'd be 2 tele heads getting their tele on"]that'd be 2 tele heads getting their tele on[/caption] [caption id="attachment_136" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Boarder Greg saying "what up" before some tasty turns"]Boarder Greg saying "what up" before some tasty turns[/caption] [caption id="attachment_137" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="psyched in the heli- mark, ellen and greg rest up for another run"]psyched in the heli- mark, ellen and greg rest up for another run[/caption]

Skiing and riding pow 1/13 and 1/14/09

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
  We're hunting a bit for freshies, but the far west of our zone delivered today. Thought folks would enjoy some action shots. Space available this Friday, Saturday and next week!   [caption id="attachment_130" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="nice turns were had"]nice turns were had[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_127" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Magic Carpet 352"]Magic Carpet 352[/caption] [caption id="attachment_128" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="view from the top LZ on Fisher peak"]view from the top LZ on Fisher peak[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_129" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Larry Goldie with a few landing stakes onboard- Fisher Peak"]Larry Goldie with a few landing stakes onboard- Fisher Peak[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_125" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Fuzzy skis some pow on Fisher peak 1/14/09"]Fuzzy skis some pow on Fisher peak 1/14/09[/caption]

One week special offer- $500 + tax a day for heli skiing or riding

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
In spite of the warm up, we’re flying way out west and finding good snow still, a fun mix of freshies on the north faces and corn on the south faces. We’ve got some room in the schedule next week and have decided to entice our fans, their friends, heck even people of haven’t been with us before to forget work and come heli skiing or riding instead. For four days only, January 19th through the 22nd, our standard heli ski program of 6 runs and 12,000 of vertical is just $500 a day per person plus tax. That’s right, $500 bucks plus tax. We have also extended our early season rates for the weekend of the 24th and 25th of January (including Friday the 23rd), which is $750 per person for a single day program, $2,100 per person for a 3 day program and $50 off either of our heli-assisted touring options. The Freestone Inn is also discounting 3 of their 12 rooms to $135 night, plus tax.* Both are available on a first come first served basis. Call the heli barn at 800-494-4354 to book your dates. * Please note the Freestone's dining room is currently closed on Wednesdays and is offering a full dinner menu and hearty continental breakfast served at 8 AM.

Deep and fun!

Sunday, January 11th, 2009
After a bit of a weather delay getting the bird out of Salt Lake, we're happy to have the heli here and be flying (and skiing!). And while most of Washington was getting hammered by rain, warm temps and high freezing levels, we are happy to report from the field that it looks like everything above 5,000' around here survived and left the deep pow we like to ski and ride.  Here are some pics of Larry Goldie and John Sunderland checking out the 360 CM snowpack for your enjoyment. We'll try and post some more later today when we get back.     [caption id="attachment_118" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Larry Goldie checking out the snowpack"]Larry Goldie checking out the snowpack[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_119" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="The heli in Silver Star Creek"]The heli in Silver Star Creek[/caption]