We can help

July 23rd, 2015

It’s been a beautiful summer here in the Methow, almost too nice, as we could use a bit more moisture to balance out the dryness. As much as we love the sunny days and cool evenings this valley enjoys, as well as the wealth of summer recreation constantly beckoning us, we need to dream ahead about this coming winter. Forget about dire El Nino forecasts. Why despair about something that hasn’t even arrived yet? Plus, it’s mountain weather – who really knows what is going to happen in a few months.

Winter isn’t too far down the line. The east side of the North Cascades had the best, and in some ways, the only, reliable skiing in the state last year. We can only think, like in every winter, next season won’t be any different.

If you’re starting to think about shredding untracked snow through stunning terrain, give us a call. We can help.

johnny5                                                                                                                                (Photo: Bob Legasa)



Planning your 2016 North Cascades session

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.


It’s all over now…

March 31st, 2015

Well, that bittersweet day is here when the heli leaves Mazama and we wrap up the season at the heli barn.

It wasn’t the best winter, but we certainly made the best of it, and we have our staff and guests to thank for that with everyone’s “pumped to be stoked” attitude!

The North Cascades Highway is set to open soon, and some winter-like weather is on its way for the Pacific Northwest, so we hope you enjoy some April powder turns or just some fun mountain time. We are already looking forward to next year and hope that you will be paying us a visit in 2016.

Until then, all the best from everyone here at North Cascade Heli!

12th man heli

Winter’s return

March 15th, 2015

Greetings, skiers and riders!
It is Sunday afternoon and it is snowing heavily in Mazama (2,200′) and expected to continue throughout the night with lowering temperatures. The report from the crew at the yurt (6,200′) is over a foot of low density snow has fallen and that the skiing is great. This indicates excellent snow surface conditions throughout our tenured area (elevations up to 8,600′).
With the biggest snowstorm of the year coating our plentiful North Cascades snowpack, the conditions will be excellent for the remaining two weeks of our season.
Even better news is that we have good availability for all our programs, including a few slots out at the yurt.
Are you desiring some powder turns in one of the most dramatic mountain ranges on the planet?
Give us a call. We got some if you need it.

Photo by Mattias.

Photo by Mattias.

The shredding continues

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).


Fun in the sun!

February 17th, 2015

If it can’t be over the head blower, it might as well be bomber corn in the sun. We’re blessed to have the best coverage in Washington and the fastest quad in the state. Thanks Larina for the great shot.

Fun in the Sun Feb 16, 2015

Fun in the Sun Feb 16, 2015

Happy New Year

January 3rd, 2015

Here’s to a season of good times in the mountains with friends and family while soaking in the alpine ambiance and shredding some powder!

The season starts in 3 weeks and the North Cascades look splendid.

All the best from everyone at NCH!!


Happy New Year


Winter’s arrival

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!


2015 availability as of 12/30/14

September 15th, 2014

Many weekends in February and March are also sold out or close to it and the yurt is sold out for the 2015 season. We are also fully booked for heli-assisted ski touring programs for the 2015 season.

Available dates for our heli programs are as follows:

Jan 23: room for 2 groups of 4

Jan 25th: room for 1 group of 4

Jan 26th-28th: room for 3 groups of 4

Jan 29-30th: room for 1 group of 4

Feb 3rd: room for 1 group of 4

Feb 4th: room for 2 groups of 4

Feb 5th: room for 1 group of 4

Feb 8th: room for 1 group of 4

Feb 12th: room for 1 group of 4

Feb 16-17th room for 1 group of 4

Feb 26th room for 3 groups of 4

March 13th: room for 1 group of 4

March 19th room for 2 groups of 4

March 23rd-24th  room for 2 groups of 4

March 27-29th: room for 2 groups of 4

March 29th is our last scheduled day of operations for 2015.

Booking a trip means putting the required deposit down, along with completing a registration form. Don’t delay getting in touch if you are considering a trip to the North Cascades in 2015.

Ops are mostly normal

July 20th, 2014

Hey folks- the fires in the Valley are still active, but have been largely contained through the heroic effort and hard work of thousands of firefighters. So far all our staff, their families and homes are okay, but we know many who have lost everything. Please continue to think cold, windless and rainy thoughts for us folks in the Methow. And consider a donation for those affected by the fires. A good list of organizations helping out can be found here.