Stop laggin’ and get you and yours up to Washington’s candyland. The following info will get you there and styled-out the Freestone way. Tell ‘em the Life sent ya. North Cascade Heli-Skiing
- Founded in 1988, NCHS is based out of the Freestone Inn and operates a 300,000-acre permit area on the Okanogan National Forest.

- Caters to intermediate and expert riders. It’s recommended that riders are comfortable with variable snow conditions. All guests are issued avalanche transceivers. Backcountry experience is suggested but not required.

- Fitness is critical: the better your conditioning, the more fun you’ll have.

- Specializes in one and three day packages. Overnight yurt tours (two days of rider/skier-mountaineering on the edge of the Pasayten Wilderness), and one day custom tours also available.

- Make reservations early and/or call with several time-slots in mind. NCHS books up quickly for the season.

- Getting there: frequent commercial airline flights connect Seattle with Wenatchee. From Wenatchee, ground transportation to the Freestone Inn is available.

- For info and reservations: 1-800-494-HELI, www.heli-ski.com, info@heli-ski.com.

The Freestone Inn
- Located in the Methow Valley, one-and-a-half miles west of Mazama and fifteen miles northwest of Winthrop. When the pass is open, it’s accessible via Highway. 20 on the Cascade Loop, a scenic three-and-a-half hours drive through the North Cascades.

- Jack’s Hut at the Freestone Inn offers state-of-the-art equipment rentals, lessons, insider’s advice, and directions to favorite local destinations. Other seasonal activities in the Methow Valley: fly-fishing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Reservations: 1-800-639-3809 www.freestoneinn.com, info@freestoneinn.com.

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