Near the east end of Kootenay Lake sits the historic silver mining town of Kaslo, British Columbia. This small town sits along the shore of of this picturesque lake, which also happens to be located smack dab in the middle of some of the best powder skiing in the world. It’s pretty easy to see why Jason Remple with Stellar Heliskiing set up the base of operations here.
Over the past few years, I’ve seen and heard great things about the Stellar heli operation. We were scheduled for a mid March trip, which is traditionally a great powder skiing month in the Selkirks. As many skiers and boarders know, this winter in the Pacific Northwest has been a challenging one with El Nino.
We arrived on the afternoon of Tuesday March 11th, and temps in this lake town were in the 50′s, definitely felt more like summer. We met up with Jason at dinner in the Kaslo Hotel where he gave our crew the beta on conditions up in the high country. He showed us a few images and assured us there were still plenty of big pockets of soft winter snow to be had in the Selkirks. After hearing the reassuring news, we had to celebrate and inaugurate the new Stellar Shotz Ski with team Flat Line, a group of Swedes who made the journey out to British Columbia for some legendary cold smoke.
The next morning we woke to blue skies. A quick lift up in the heli and we were deep into the selkirk Mountain range. The views were incredible as we checked out the first aspect.
Not the hip deep blow powder, but still pretty damn fun! There’s something special about skiing untouched snow surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery under bluebird skies.
We popped around and explored a few different aspects in the morning, and then we hit it some creamy, boot top deep pow before lunch. OH, I love that feeling.
Throughout the day Jason took us around his playground. Definitely some BIG country, lots of steeps and wide open terrain in the high country. Before we knew it we were pushing late afternoon and Jason promised us a huge vert run to cap off the day. We landed the A Star on the the top of Mt Brennan which is one of the highest peaks in this zone so naturally Desi Leipham had to do her traditional “Naked on Top” pose. Not to be left out of the fun, Dash Kamp joined in to experience this freedom!
After a quick photo session it was time to drop in for the long decent down to the awaiting bird. Wow, about 3000 feet of vert made for one long run with a good mix of conditions from powder to corn. Perfect way to cap off a day in the Selkirks.
What an experience the Freeride Chronicles crew had skiing springtime pow with Stellar Heliskiing. We can hardly wait to get back and experience it after a legendary Selkirk snowstorm.
Here’s the video recap of our day.