Terry Van Dorien has been heliskiing in British Columbia for 10, maybe 11 years now. But this last trip in January may have been the best yet.
“It’s the first time we had a full crew of brothers — bros, if you know what I mean,” says the Wenatchee resident. “We’re all good friends and get along together.”
Ten in all, in fact — with eight from Wenatchee, including longtime trip organizer Steve Pauly.
They spent three days being shuttled by helicopter from a Nakusp, B.C., lodge to a backcountry nirvana under blue skies high in the Selkirk Mountains. About a dozen runs in deep powder awaited them each day.
The helicopter landing zones were at about the 9,000 foot level. From there, Van Dorien says, vast mountain ranges ran “as far as the eye could see.
“It’s just phenomenal — the sights and the scenes and the powder. You just can’t describe it,” he says. “They have so much terrain. You could put all the skiers in Washington together and you wouldn’t even take a tiny bit of it.”