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Perianne Jones - The Making of a Champion: Heli-skiing on the Haig
By:  Perianne Jones   (2006/10/17)

Perrianne Jones is a member of the National Ski Team. Peri is from Almonte and grew up skiing with the various local ski clubs. She is now living in Canmore (AB) where she shares a house with Olympic Gold medalist Chandra Crawford. They should be a deadly duo at Vancouver in 2010.

In this series of articles she shares some insight into her life for the Ottawa ski community on the Fresh Air Experience website, and reprinted here with permission.

Well we haven't had any skiable snow yet in Canmore, but that doesn't mean we haven't been up skiing! Last week we were able to fit two great days of skiing into our schedule up on the Haig Glacier. Here's what a typical ski day looks like:

• Wake up look outside, and hope that the sky is clear (helicopters don't fly if it's not nice out).
• Eat breakfast, pack a lunch, get dressed and check the skies once more.
• Meet up with the team and drive to the heli-pad.
• The helicopter ride in is short (5 minutes), but very senic!
• SKI! We've been able to ski for 2-3 hours before the chopper comes back to pick us up.
• Back in Canmore just in time for lunch!

So far we've had two beautiful days on the glacier, and four days where we woke up and were unable to fly due to bad weather. Hopefully we will have another few sunny days before the snow flies.

 Skiing on the Haig

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