Skiing in the North Cascades 1/30/16

February 1st, 2016

Skiing pretty good on Sunday!

NCH Dr Who

Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match

January 21st, 2016

Well from time to time we have spot open up for a single or a couple of folks with a group that was booked previously. As of Jan 21st we have the following openings:

Heli-assisted ski touring:

Feb 13th: 2 spots open with strong skiers
Feb 15th: 2 spots open with strong skiers

Please call 509-996-3272 or email the office info at if any of those dates would work for you!

Powder madness

January 16th, 2016

We’ve got a heli, a hearty snow pack and we’d like to incentivize folks to take advantage of our early and late season by offering a special package deal combining our standard 3-day program with 3 nights accommodations and dining credits at the Freestone Inn. And now the details:

$3,500 per person plus 8.1% sales tax, which includes 3 days of heli-skiing/riding with 7 runs/day, Deluxe King Room at the Inn for 3 nights with a $50 dinner credit per night (single occupancy) or Double Room at the Inn with $100 dinner credit per night (double occupancy).
Applies to new bookings only for 3-day programs January 29th-February 4th or March 20-27th, 2016 and requires a minimum of 2 guests to book and may not be combined with other offers and discounts.
Offer valid on a space available basis.
Reservations must be made with North Cascade Heli.

Got some if you need it

Got some if you need it

2016 availability as of Jan 28th, 2016

January 12th, 2016

Hard to believe with the winter we’re having we still have space in the schedule, but indeed we do. Remaining 2016 availability is as follows:

Barron yurt:
We have added a few trips for spring: March 13-17 (3-might), 3/20-24 (4 night), 3/24-27/16 (3 night). Requires a minimum of four to book, up to maximum of eight.

Heli-assisted ski touring:
Booked on a space available basis. Please contact the office for dates

Call or email the office for the most up to date information.

A great start to winter

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!

Big snow day in Mazama

November 17th, 2015

Despite the forecast for 1-3 inches of snow followed by rain, we have lucked out here in Mazama and now have almost two feet of the white stuff out in open areas. Up at Washington Pass, the telemetry is showing over 50 inches of snow!!
What a great way to start out the season with a nice solid base.
If you haven’t made plans for a visit to our area and enjoy some helicopter-assisted powder turns in this stunning range of mountains, give us a call.
First bigsnow

2016 Availability as of 10/30

October 19th, 2015

Many prime dates are gone already, so don’t delay in getting in touch if you are interested in some pow in the North Cascades this winter. We open on January 28th and plan to cease operations on March 27th in 2016.

Availability is as follows:

Barron yurt:

Just one trip left: March 13-17

Heli-assisted ski touring:

Booked on a space available basis. Please contact the office for dates


Jan 28-Feb 4th: room for 3 groups of 4 a day

Feb 7th: room for 2 groups of 4

Feb 8-10th: room for 3 groups of 4 a day

Feb 11:  room for 2 groups of 4

Feb 12th: room for 1 group of 4

Feb 16-18th: room for 1 group of 4 a day

Feb 29th-March 2nd: room for 2 groups of 4 a day

March 3rd: room for 3 groups of 4

March 7th-8th room for 1 group of 4 a day

March 13th: room for 1 group of 4

March 14-15th: room for 2 groups of 4 a day

March 16th: room for 3 groups of 4

March 17th: room for 2 groups of 4

March 20-23rd: room for 2 groups of 4 a day

March 24-27th: room for 3 groups of 4 a day

Book now, shred later

October 9th, 2015

Aficionados of untracked powder take note: Winter is in the air with gorgeous fall colors adorning the valley and mountains.

Now is the time to reserve your dates for adventure in the North Cascades.

Our schedule is filling up and we don’t want to see you left out in the cold with no powder to shred.

We hope to hear from you soon!

The wild west:tgr

Methow mourning and a dusting of new

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

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)