Posts Tagged ‘Skeena Heliskiing’

New Partnership with KJUS

July 13, 2010

I’m proud to announce my new partnership with KJUS Skiwear (LK International AG) headquartered in Cham, Switzerland. KJUS is now my exclusive skiwear outfitter until at least 2012.

Silvia Huston, KJUS Sponsorship Manager, is happy about the partnership: “Lorraine is not just an outstanding freerider, she also has a positive attitude and a strong sense of professionalism. Lorraine will be able to help us develop our skiwear and we look forward to a successful partnership with her.”

I’m excited about working with the young and dynamic KJUS team in creating outstanding, freeride-oriented ski wear of the highest quality. Founded in 2000, KJUS now manufactures and sells worldwide in 32 countries. KJUS stands for uncompromising skiwear, which is characterized by linear design, perfect fit and optimum freedom of movement.

I’m travelling to Wanaka, New Zealand, next week to ski, train and compete for the next 2 months. Check back on my blog soon for some motivation and inspiration from the mountains!

Testing the new KJUS skiwear at Skeena Heliskiing, Canada. Pic: Peter Mathis

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The Search for the Perfect Heliski Terrain at Skeena Heliskiing

April 15, 2010

Sometimes I feel like the luckiest person in the world. Imagine being invited to Canada for a week, together with some of your best friends, to help a heliski operator scout and ski previously untouched mountains in search for new heliskiing terrain. So it was that in April, I flew to Smithers, B.C. Canada, to join Giacum (Jake) Frei, owner, operator and head guide at Skeena Heliskiing, to scout the enormous heliski terrain in the Skeena Mountains, 2 hours north of Smithers.

Griffin, Mcfly and me: the luckiest people in the world!

The existing lodge, the Bear Claw lodge, is located in the southern part of the tenure and offers luxury accommodations for 10 to 15 guests. Although the first runs are only a 6 minute flight away, the size of the tenure, which encompasses 8,500 km2 and represents the second largest heliskiing area worldwide, means that the most northern mountains are a 45 minute flight away. Most of this area is rarely skied, not even Jake was familiar with the mountains there.

Endless possibilities

The next week consisted of poring over maps, spending a ridiculous amount of helitime, analysing and observing snow pack, terrain forms and potential dangers. We scouted and skied amazing runs over wide, endless glaciers, fun pillow lines, and through glades and gullies.

Endless challenges

The perfect cliff band

Is this a dream?

We documented our experiences on film, which will be out next winter.  Stay tuned!