Freeride Chronicles – Northern Escape Heli

Posted By: Freeride Chronicles on January 29, 2016 5:31 pm

WOW, is an understatement after experiencing what Northern Escape Heli Skiing had to offer. The Freeride Chronicles team recently returned from NEH located in Terrace, BC, which is approximately an 1.5 hour flight and a 16 hour drive north of Vancouver, BC. This should give you a better perspective just how far north this operation is.

Flying into Terrace, BC

Flying into Terrace, BC

Northern Escape’s tenure is the Skeena Mountain range, which is well-known for getting big dumps of snow. Evidently their tag line is it’s “Deeper up Here” which is totally understandable.

NEH Tail Guide-Owen Day getting the Money Shot

NEH Tail Guide-Owen Day getting the Money Shot

Our crew consisted of Desiree Leipham, Mike Overby, John Witt and myself on this 3 day adventure. We arrived on January 3rd, which was right in the middle of a high pressure system that had been setting over northern BC for about a week. That means a couple of things, not much on recent snowfall but Bluebird skies. I’ll take the bluebird skies anytime especially in this type of terrain

Our seasoned guide of 12 years, Yvan Gaston Sabourin and Tail Guide Owen, showed us their playground. With clear skies and boot top powder we played in the high alpine. This tenure has a wide variety of different terrain from jaw dropping steeps to gentle sloping runs for intermediate riders.

Desiree getting after it on the steeps at NEH

Desiree getting after it on the steeps at NEH

Yvan Gaston Sabourin showing us how it's done

Yvan Gaston Sabourin showing us how it’s done

Since we were filming for the Freeride Chronicles series, we had the unique opportunity to fly to the top of a peak before the sunrise. Watching the sun crest over the Skeena Mountains was better than a triple espresso in the morning. It’s definitely a magical moment that I will not forget.

Capturing the Magic at Sunrise at NEH

Capturing the Magic at Sunrise at NEH

Sunrise over the Skeena Mountains

Sunrise over the Skeena Mountains

Throughout our trip we were treated to some leg crushing vert through the big Alpine bowls, some vertical drops in the 3000 foot range. Rolling through terrain like this will definitely get the early season ski legs in shape, QUICKLY!

Big open Alpine Bowls at NEH

Big open Alpine Bowls at NEH

NEH attracts a fair share of European clientele. During our trip we were graced with the presence of a young Austrian Couple who used this trip as belated Honeymoon. We also met another Austrian on a 12 day Heli package. The great thing about this sport, any language barrier seems to go away with the huge smiles doing the talking.

Former World Mogul Champion Johhny Witt pulling out the Mule Kick

Former World Mogul Champion Johhny Witt pulling out the Mule Kick

Northern Escape is well worth the flight from Vancouver. The terrain, staff, lodging accommodations and food are as good as it gets. This is one for your bucket list.

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A former member of the United States Freestyle ski team, Bob Legasa combined his passion for skiing, outdoors and storytelling and created Freeride Media. Bob has won numerous Society of Photo Journalism Awards and a highly coveted Emmy Award. With over 25 years as a professional Freestyle skier Bob has taken his knowledge of the sport into a variety of different fields including, Television, journalism, coaching, and event management. Bob's passion for skiing can be seen on The Freeride Chronicles Together with his wife Jane of 21 years Bob has two beautiful girls Alli and Hannah. The entire family loves to ski and they can be found most every winter weekend skiing at Schweitzer Mountain.


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