Archive for December, 2009

One week until the heli arrives!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Weather permitting, we’ll have the B3 from JR Heli here in less than a week for a few days of set up and training. We can’t wait to hear the sound of the bird coming in for its first landing here at the heli barn.


The bird of choice for 2010

The bird of choice for 2010


We’ve still got some great availability in January, and with the predicted storms in the next week or so, we should have some great pow to go along with great prices for the first week of operations. We’re in the office M-F from 9-5, so give us a shout to get on the books.

Single or a twosome and looking to ride?

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Often we field inquiries from folks who are psyched to go out in the heli, be it for one day or three, and who are also looking to come solo. We will definitely be motivated to try and accommodate “single seat” requests, but this presents the challenge of filling three other seats to make a full load, especially because many of our guests come in groups of four and it takes a variety of factors to come together in order to build a load of four.


We encourage single seat powder hounds to try on their end to rustle up a partner or two. Ability and compatibility concerns are less of an unknown when there is familiarity among your fellow skiers and riders, but also groups of two and three guests are much more likely to be booked, especially farther in advance of the trip.


Nonetheless, if you are by yourself, we can take down your preferred dates and other information and do our best to build a load with other single and partial group guests. As with any questions about our operation, please contact us about visiting North Cascade Heli as a single guest.

Hello winter, good to see you

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Wow. Always great to wake up to 6″ of snow on the ground here in the Methow Valley, because that means there is a lot more up high and the telemetry data for Washington Pass shows about a foot! Today would have been a perfect day for flying and skiing, if we only had the heli. Well, it will be here soon enough- January 4th- for us to do some recon, set up, and some skiing before we commence operations on January 8th. 

We still have great availability in January, including opening week and the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, so give us a shout and get ready to come on over. 

Here’s a pic of the snowy heli barn. Hope to get out tomorrow and get some skiing in- if we do we’ll be sure to post up some shots.


Yeah snow!

Yeah snow!

Snow is falling

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Nice to see a couple of inches of nice fluffy snow on the ground here at the heli barn- looks like we’re expected to get a foot or a foot and half in the alpine in the next couple of days. Our guides were out skiing this weekend and found some good skiing up in Liberty Bell Bowl- always a favorite.

Great base, just need some fresh

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009


While we’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of the heli on January 4th for a few days of recon and set up before we commence operations on January 8th, we try not to let that get in the way of getting out and doing some skiing and riding. Office guy Dave and Guide Larry to a quick spin up to the Liberty Bell area on Friday and found some decent coverage and some good turns high up. The upper slopes of Liberty Bowl skied well with several inches of cold, buttery snow laying over the fun, rolling terrain.


Split board Touring in Liberty Bell Bowl

Split board Touring in Liberty Bell Bowl

Here’s NCH guide Larry and his trusty sidekick Scooby breaking trail down lower.



Touring below Liberty Bell and Concord Tower

Touring below Liberty Bell and Concord Tower

NCH featured in article about heli-skiing in Alaska Air Magazine

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Thanks to Crai Bower, Ray Johnston and Chase Jarvis for thier kind words about us in a recent article about heli-skiing that ran in November’s Alaska Airlines Magazine. “North Cascade Heli is totally under-rated,” says adventure photographer Chase Jarvis, who, like Ray Johnston, grew up skiing in Western Washington. “Last time I went out to shoot with [owner] Paul Butler, we enjoyed 25 inches of fresh snow over two days. The North Cascades are like a mini-Alaska.”

We could not agree more! The full article is attached.
AK Air Cover

AK AIR article page 2AAM 11.09 heliSki