The dates: Jan. 7, 8, 9
The group: Terry Van Dorien of Wenatchee, Steve Pauly of Wenatchee, A.J. Jackson of Wenatchee, Jeff Whiteman of Wenatchee, Mike Brittain of Wenatchee, Matt Rumble of Wenatchee, Kent Heminger of Wenatchee, Matthew Jarmin of Wenatchee, Brad Duffy of Oregon, and Franz Douglas of British Columbia
Photos taken at: Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia, about 50 miles from the town of Nakusp
Photos provided by: Matthew Jarmin and A.J. Jackson
Guide company: Canadian Mountain Holidays of Banff, Alberta
Getting there: The Wenatchee group drove about nine hours in a convoy to Nakusp, B.C., where the guide company operates the Kuskanax Lodge. Nakusp is northeast of Kelowna, B.C., and south of Revelstoke, B.C.
The heliskiing part: Each morning for three days, a Bell 212 helicopter whisked the Wenatchee group, plus a guide, to the 9,000-foot-level in the Selkirks for backcountry skiing. The vertical drop on the runs ranged from 1,500 to 3,000 feet. There were about a dozen “lifts” each day to the top.
Level of difficulty: This was an experts-only trip. Says Terry Van Dorien of Wenatchee: “You have to know how to ski deep powder and you have to be in shape.”
Equipment: Canadian Mountain Holidays provided equipment, including skis. Customers had to bring boots and clothing.
Costs: Van Dorien estimates it cost each person about $1,300 a day.
On the Web: canadianmountainholidays.com
In his own words: “The snowfields are large and there is nobody home,” says Van Dorien.
— Stephen Maher, World sports editor