By Meghan Tabor, Tourism Revelstoke
The phone rang Thursday evening with Girls Do Ski founder, Leah Evans, on the end of the line. She was inviting me to experience the inguaral Girls Day Out Heli camp with Selkirk Tangiers! Leah has always been an infectious support for women trying to push the limits in the ski scene, or for those just wanting to make it to that next turn a little more confidently than the last. It’s always inspiring to watch her in her element, and Leah is living and breathing proof that you can, in fact, “be the change you want to see in the world.” Having previously attended one of her camps at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, I knew the level of passion and professionalism that she dedicates to this incredible program year after year…but throwing heliskiing into the GDO mix, that’s just a whole new level of stoke!
So where do I fit in? Well, I’ve been lucky enough to land the job of my dreams here in Revelstoke – I get to promote the place that makes me feel alive. Everything about it makes me smile from the inside out; provoking this rare feeling of humbling gratitude for the mountains and providing a quality of life that inspires everyone who calls this place home. This community of livers, dreamers, players, and hard workers has captured every little piece of my soul. Day in and day out, I get to share that passion through working in marketing for our Destination Marketing Organization, Tourism Revelstoke. I get to do what I love because I love what I do – it’s a simple concept.
Heli skiing has always been Revelstoke’s claim to fame, and with four operators right here in town, there is definitely no shortage of access to remote zones. This year, Selkirk Tangiers Helicopter Skiing teamed up with Girls Day Out to offer the experience of a lifetime to females looking to improve their skills on the sticks in the ultimate powder playground.
Two sleepless nights later, and I was meeting up with a crew of lucky ladies heading out to learn freeskiing tips and tricks from some of the best in the biz. Having never been heli skiing myself, it was pretty hard to contain my excitement! The day started out with an early morning stretch class at The Coast Hillcrest Hotel – a perfect way to connect the mind to this out of body experience we were all about to be a part of. Even at 6:30am, the campers were buzzing, and the good vibes in the room were contagious. I breathed deeply, and took it all in. A buffet breakfast to fill our bellies was next on the agenda, but it’s pretty hard to eat when your stomach is in knots with anticipation.
We met our guides, two fiery females (of course), in the retail shop to gear up for the day, grabbing guest packs and weighing in for the helicopter. Then off we were for avalanche and helicopter safety training. The training seemed quick, but thorough, and all questions that were asked were easily answered by our knowledgeable guides.
The rest of the day is all kind of a blur for me – hopping in and out of the helicopter in between sweet ski lines. We spent the whole day above the clouds, soaking in the sunny rays, and putting in some awesome vertical mileage. Snow conditions were ideal just around treeline on north facing slopes, and our guides definitely found us the goods! But what I’ll never forget is the smiles on those Girls Day Out campers after conquering their heli day. Exhaustion began to set in, but spirits remained high right up until the very last turn. As the chopper lowered us back down into the clouds, thoughts were on Mt. Begbie brew and après – to relive the moments that will inevitably last for a lifetime. I know it’s a day I’ll never forget.
Thanks Selkirk Tangiers Heliskiing and Girls Day Out for helping me to cross one more off the bucket list.