Heliboarding Heaven

You know your at snowboard friendly heliskiing operation when they hand you a sticker like this…

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Heliboarding at Purcell Heliskiing

Only a couple hour drive from Calgary is a Heliskiing operation who embraces snowboarding clients with open arms – Purcell Heliskiing.  This heli-boarding operation is by a family who has a long history in the industry dating back from heliskiing’s  inception in Canada.

The terrain is fantastic and our crew got a mix bag of cut blocks, alpine, tree riding, bumps, and pillow lines.

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I think I just had the pillow line of my life… I am so stoked! We better call to see if Sleep country wants all their pillows back – Mikel Witlox

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Mikel’s view of Purcell Heliskiing’ s terrain can be seen on his instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/mikelwitlox/

Be Careful What You Wish For. #wegotit #weliveforthis #pillowtalk #heliboarding @purcellheliski @laundromatstudios

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Mikel Witlox our team rider at Heliboarding Canada is as keen to drop whatever we can throw at him – and with this little pillow section that could be viewed over lunch at their mountain side cabin – Mikel was stoked x 10.

When you get an opportunity to get only a glimpse of the vast terrain at Purcell, the one thing is a certainty. Your gonna leave satisfied but come home wanting to see and experience more. – Heliboarding Canada

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Commit Snow and Skates owner Adam Laurin gave the goods a once over test as well.

 

Scotty, this place is like ordering a big stack of pancakes and bacon at greasy spoon diner the morning after a hangover. Its got everything you crave man.. seriously- Adam Laurin

 

#WeLiveForThis @purcellheliski with @heliboarding / @laundromatstudios #heliboarding #snowboarding #snowboard #backcountry

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Follow our Heliboarding Instagram for more insane footy from Purcell Heliboarding.

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Heliboarding culture always intersects with skiing culture – especially heliskiing.  Our guide Jeff ski’s and snowboards and on our second day of guides us on a snowboard.

This to us is just a demonstration of balance that we felt with the family at Purcell they pay homage to their roots and are innovating to the future across both generations.

See our upcoming interviews with Jeff on Powder Guides

Stay tuned as we start pulling together footage from Purcell and we share with you more from Canada’s #HeliboardingHeaven (follow our images with that hashtag)

 Photos: Kyle Hamilton / Laundromat Studios

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Powder Guides / Island Lake Lodge Catboarding 2013

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We had 3 days of filming at Island Lake Lodge which will go down as one of the deepest of the season!

Island Lake Lodge Catskiing is a premier multi day stay operation with amazing tree runs, open bowls and just mind bending fall line riding.

Craig Kelly made this place famous and photos from photographer Mark Gallup have likely inspired many snowboarders over the years.

This was my second trip up to “the Island” and just wished I had not filmed as a solo mission with my gopro but had my whole crew, because this would have been the shoot of the decade.. amazing light, perfect snow and overal just the ideal setting.  That all said, It was amazing to film even with my gopro as the video will attest (see below) it was down right filthy! See our Pre-Season Teaser here… http://vimeo.com/73505253

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Filming with the GoPro

See the episode Here:

PowderGuides 2013/ 2014 Series / Island Lake Lodge
Located: Fernie B.C.
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Island Lake Lodge is an exceptional destination located just outside of Fernie B.C. Known for getting massive dumps of snow, located in a unique range that has stunning vistas, amazing tree skiing and a lodge nested around the snowy peaks of the lizard range.

Background:

Powder Guides is an unscripted series based in the Canadian Backcountry with Catskiing / Heliskiing operations. This first series is just a introduction to the people we meet, as we film this upcoming season we are going to be developing a more in-depth look and interview the personalities and bring them to you unscripted.

We have been filming up there the past few seasons, and what struck us as a filmmakers and storytellers was the people. How committed they are to living this life. How they deal with the challenges, the discipline, but also the joy. These are special people living at the edge of human experience…

Of course, Powder Cat-skiing is amazing – it’s something most people will never do in their lives, we are dedicated to capture the culture and the unique essence of each operation and the people who work there – that will transport the audience to connect with the characters we have grown to call our friends.

Filmed: Jan.2013
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Location
Island Lake Lodge
Fernie B.C. Canada

FIlm Crew
Catskiing Canada / Laundromat Studios

Lead Filming
Scott Martin

Athletes / Additional Filming
Mike McPhee
Steve
Scott Martin

Photography
Nick Nault
Mike McPhee

Music
Otto Knows / Million Voices (Original Mix)
Snow Patrol / The Lightning Strike (Dead Poets Remix)
Dr. Dog / Lonesome
Snow Patrol / The Lightning Strike (Marcio Mouse Remix)

Special Thanks
Mike McPhee
Douglas Feely
All the Staff

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See the Pre-Season teaser here:

EYE CANDY / Monashee Powder / Fischi

Photo: Fischi
Photo: Fischi

A snowboarding backcountry paradise! We come up to Monashee year after year and are always anxious to return. When you see photos like this it just make me jittery with stoke.

Photo: Fischi
Photo: Fischi

The euros know a good thing when they see it!

Eye Candy / Skeena Catskiing

Heliboarding "Crew Boss"  @ Skeena Catskiing / Photo: Kyle Hamilton
Heliboarding “Crew Boss” @ Skeena Catskiing / Photo: Kyle Hamilton

Busting out! Winter is now on our doorstep and we are so stoked to announce we will be filming with our crew back up at epic new operation in Northern B.C.

Skeena Catskiing is one to watch… your gonna see alot more of this place.

EYE CANDY / Northern Escape Heliboarding

Photo: Scott Martin @ NE Heliskiing
Photo: Scott Martin @ NE Heliskiing

Getting bluebird and powder is like peanut butter and Jam…. such a tasty mix.

Northern Escape Heliboarding (technically Heliskiing) has some insane terrain for snowboarding.

From wide open alpine to little bowls… some of the valley runs are sick half pipes that you can just bank pow turns on.

Its got the goods.