Eagle Pass Heliskiing and Heliboarding are under new management. If you are unfamiliar, EPH is a boutique heliskiing/heliboarding operator near Revelstoke. They ski in three groups of four. All rooms are singles. Nice experience. Here is what’s new.
The Eagle Pass Heliskiing Newsletter January 2011
Welcome to the NEW Eagle Pass Heliskiing and Heliboarding Experience Our guides have been out in the Monashees prepping landing zones and doing snow profiles. Our snowpack is shaping up for an epic year. This is a very exciting time for Eagle Pass as we are getting out into the mountains, shredding some powder, and preparing for the season. This season welcomes NEW ownership, NEW snowboard guides, a NEW lodge and NEW private ski and spa packages, unrivaled in the heliski industry.
Eagle Pass Heliskiing announces NEW ownership, a NEW executive management team and a NEW kind of heliski experience. The company offers the world’s best in – snow, terrain, service, and quality product, in a safe and socially responsible manner. Eagle Pass continues to offer boutique small group heliskiing and has recently added a new ultra-luxurious private group heliskiing option. Michael Wood of Calgary Alberta, Canada has partnered with the original founder of Eagle Pass, Andy Freeland. Andy and Michael met many years ago at CAT Powder catskiing in Revelstoke, BC. Eagle Pass is now the first heliski operation in Canada with a combined snowboarder and skier ownership team. Eagle Pass Heliskiing is 100% Canadian, employing local and first nation guides.
Michael is a passionate, enthusiastic heliboarding, and has spent many days riding in Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe. In recognizing the world-class product and untapped possibilities at EPH, Michael is super stoked to get involved. EPH will maintain itself as a true small group heliskiing provider. EPH offers a product and atmosphere unrivaled in the industry.
Our NEW executive management team includes Matt Pinto as Eagle Pass’s Director of Ski Operations and the very well known Scott Newsome as Eagle Pass’s Director of Snowboard Operations and Media. The team has plans to improve and expand existing heliskiing and heliboarding packages. Together, this group is comprised of more than 70 years of ski industry experience, 20 years of management experience and a few million vertical feet of powder.
Eagle Pass is pleased and VERY excited to announce some new faces to our guiding team and Eagle Pass’s direction as a heliboarding friendly operator. Matt Pinto brings years of experience from across the heliski industry. Matt Pinto has guided for Eagle Pass in the past and holds many years within the heliski industry. He has worked for Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing and has guided for a variety of other British Columbia based small-group helicopter skiing operations. Scott Newsome brings a lifetime of snowboarding and pro-rider experience. Scott Newsome grew up within a family that was heavily involved in the mechanized ski industry. In the early part of Scott’s career, he guided for his uncle’s snow-cat skiing operation right here in Revelstoke, BC. Scott is better known for his early endeavors as a sponsored snowboarder on the ‘pro’ circuit. Later, Scott was the first Canadian to get a certification as a ski guide while doing so on a snowboard. Scott has worked with adventure film crews in Alaska and BC and has guided with a small group heliskiing operation within the Columbia region.
This season at EPH we have made the move in facilities in order to give everyone the ability to have their own room. We are sure that guests will enjoy a sound nights rest for the following days filled with deep, powder skiing. Also, new this season is the addition of a lead stretch class, which will be scheduled before breakfast. This is a great opportunity for those who want to limber up prior to heliskiing. Katherine Weed and Kim Nichols, our massage therapists will take turns leading the morning sessions.
Guests can look forward to having a fun wrap up the night, to sum up, the exciting week. Our Friday night, end of the week party will be held in an authentic 1800’s “Saloon” located on the grounds of Three Valley Lake Chateau. Guests, guides and staff will celebrate the week’s memories of camaraderie and adventure in the mountains, spectacular scenery, entertaining carnage and of course DEEP POWDER.
Director of Lodge operations – New on the EPH team this year is Laura, our Director of Lodge operations. Laura will be catering to our guest’s needs at the lodge, ensuring that all are taken care of in our Eagle Pass brand of excellent and friendly service. Laura brings with her a wealth of industry experience and youthful enthusiasm.
Head Chef –
EPH has been able to scoop up Neil Dias as our new head chef. An avid skier, Neil has worked his trade in a variety of high-end ski resorts and heliskiing lodges. Aiming to please the palate and provide some panache, guests will be sure to enjoy his cuisine.
Prime season packages are quite tight for availability; single seats and a few select group seats are still available. Please contact Andrea at our Revelstoke office for details on availability, dates, and prices.
A Note from the Owners
As a young NEW company, Eagle Pass Heliskiing has undergone some changes over the first few years. Eagle Pass has always strived to improve both the product and level of service. Owners and guides take note of suggestions from previous guests. Eagle Pass is about you, our guests, having the best heliski or heliboard experience of a lifetime. Future developments include becoming Canada’s most friendly heliboarding brand offering world-class snowboard guides, heliski packages from affordable to high end “Private” heliskiing, beginner heliskiing, steep camp as well as an easily accessible day skiing program, offered from Silverstar Resort as well as Revelstoke. Eagle Pass has recently developed an agreement for offering private and semi-private heliskiing out of Sparkling Hill Wellness Resort. This resort is one of only 4 European spas of this nature in the world. Keep an eye out for upcoming news early in the New year.
Best Wishes for the New Year!
~From the team at Eagle Pass Heliskiing~