April Heliskiing Conditions Update

Yes, this was a few days ago.  Photo - Dani Serra Yes, this was a few days ago.
Photo – Dani Serra

We’re just about ready to finish what has been a great season at Last Frontier Heliskiing. With just a few days left of operations, our guests and guides have been skiing their faces off. We’ve averaged only half down day per week all year, which has been great. But April is almost always one of the real treats of the year.  Continue reading

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Our Favorite 2018 Last Frontier Fan Videos

It's not all deep turns and big smiles. Except last week. Last week was pretty much this...every day.  Photo - Dani Serra It’s not all deep turns and big smiles. Except last week. Last week was pretty much this…every day.
Photo – Dani Serra | April 6, 2018 @ Ripley Creek

One of the most awesome results of having folks come and ski with us is what happens after. After each pow lap, each drop in, each day, week or season. It’s the vibe, the laughter and the smiles. This is true of our guests and our staff, who experience something special in the wilds of Northern British Columbia. We like to have fun and share our passion for the hills with the folks that come and hang out with us every season. Here are a few edits from some of those people. It’s a small collection of experiences, captured on film, that make the ‘after’ even sweeter. Enjoy. Continue reading

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March 2018 Heli Skiing News

March 2018 Heli Skiing News

CONDITIONS UPDATE
March 2018 Ski Report
After a snowy February, the first week in March delivered deep skiing in the high alpine and lower trees. This gave way to a series of stunning bluebird alpine days. Exploration into remote areas of our tenure continued in the second week of March with some guests skiing in excess of 60,000 vertical meters under pristine skies. This week has seen a welcome powder reset with just over 20 cm of fresh snow arriving in the past few days. Our season still has plenty of momentum left with the last day of heli skiing just over three weeks away. Continue reading

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2019 Last Frontier Heliskiing Price Guide

Watching the sunrise in the early morning. | Photo - Dave Silver Watching the sunrise in the early morning. | Photo – Dave Silver

As we head into our busy Spring booking season, it’s time to highlight our package offerings for next year’s heli skiing season. If you have dates in mind, now is the time to check your calendar and enquire about availability and pricing. Generally we recommend that our guests book a year ahead for prime dates in February and March.

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March Heliskiing Conditions Update

We've had lots of this! Photo - Mike Watling We’ve had lots of this!
Photo – Mike Watling

It’s been a great year for heliskiing. We’ve had only five down days all season. Yep, you heard that right, only 5 days where we couldn’t ski. That’s less than half a day per week for the whole season. We’ve had a little under our average in terms of snow this year, but our snow base at 1,000 m of elevation is still in the neighbourhood of 200 cm at the moment, so coverage is good all around.  Continue reading

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The Backgrounder Series – A Glimpse Into Last Frontier Heliskiing

The Backgrounder Series is a series of short films showcasing what Last Frontier Heliskiing is all about. We’ve been slowly putting each of the 6 episodes out all season and we thought it might be cool to have them all in one place with a little intro for each. So here they are, in order.

Episode 1. Location: Location is the foundation of any heliski operation and we chose our location with care and a driving passion for all things skiing and riding. Northern British Columbia is like an undiscovered country. It’s vast, wild and beautiful and is also one of the snowiest places on earth.

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Living the Deep

Pow for days.  Photo - Steve Rosset Pow for days.
Photo – Steve Rosset

It’s been snowing a lot in Northern BC. Not an unusual thing, really, considering it’s one of the snowiest places in the world. In fact, it’s been snowing a lot everywhere in BC this winter. But there are few places where that snow makes for some real magic but one of those is the town of Stewart. This former mining town of less than 500 people sits at sea level on the north end of the 72km long Portland Canal, which isn’t a canal at all, but one of the longest fjords in North America. Continue reading

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Heliskiing Update – Ripley Creek is Ripping!

Some of the terrain at Ripley Creek.  Photo - Andre Ike Some of the terrain at Ripley Creek.
Photo – Andre Ike

At Last Frontier Heliskiing, we operate out of two distinct locations in our heliski area in Northern BC. Bell 2 Lodge, our purpose built heliskiing facility, sits right in the middle of our 10,200 square kilometre heliski area, or tenure, on the Stewart Cassiar Highway. This year the season at Bell 2 opened on December 15th. But we do have a second location that just opened last week. The Ripley Creek Inn, located in the frontier town of Stewart, BC, sits on the border of BC and Southeast Alaska. It’s at the southern end of our tenure and comprises a bit of a different feel from Bell 2 Lodge. Continue reading

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Bell 2 Lodge – Winter is in Full Swing

The skiing has been awesome.  Photo - Steve Rosset The skiing has been awesome.
Photo – Steve Rosset

We’re well into winter now at Bell 2 Lodge and so far it’s been a good one. Lots of British Columbia has seen a regular storm cycle the last few weeks and Northern BC has been no exception. We’ve had some steady, regular storms with minimal down time for our guests. Continue reading

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January Heliskiing Conditions Report

One of our guides leading the charge.  Photo - Cliff Umpleby One of our guides leading the charge.
Photo – Cliff Umpleby

It’s been a great month so far at Last Frontier Heliskiing. We’ve had a little less snow than usual, but it’s the skiing and riding have been consistent the last three weeks, with minimal down time from weather. Continue reading

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Safety at Last Frontier Heliskiing

We stay safe so we, and you, can do this.  Photo - Caton Garvie We stay safe so we, and you, can do this.
Photo – Caton Garvie

Running a heliski operation is about a lot of things, but they all pale in comparison to safety. Keeping our guests and staff safe, be it in the mountains, in the helicopters or walking around our lodges is our number one priority. Every year and really, every day, our guides, pilots and staff are always looking at how we can be more efficient and safer in our operation. But the foundation of that comes from a few key areas. Continue reading

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2019 Last Frontier Heliskiing Prices

Clear skies made flying a breeze in the late season. Powder hunting.
Photo – Mike Watling

We’re well into our heliski season here at Last Frontier Heliskiing but as with anything, it never hurts to look ahead. We’ve just released our pricing for next season and it’s worth taking a look at a few details. Continue reading

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Week 1 & 2 Heliskiing Report

Silky, light snow last week at Bell 2.  Photo - Cliff Umpleby Silky, light snow last week at Bell 2.
Photo – Cliff Umpleby

December has always been one of the best months to ski in Northern BC. At Last Frontier Heliskiing, we usually have a good month. November and early December tend to produce a lot of snow and by the time we’re ready to open, which was on December 15th this year, we’ve got a good base and there’s some good skiing to be had. Heliskiing this time of year also takes on a little holiday cheer. The skiing is good, the vibe at the lodge is chill and the first couple of weeks of operations are just plain easy to experience. Continue reading

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Last Frontier Heliskiing Guide’s Training

Getting a little December shred on.  Photo - Cliff Umpleby One of our guides getting a little December shred on.
Photo – Cliff Umpleby

It’s a pretty magical time of the year. The holidays are upon us and the first group of guests for the 2017-18 Last Frontier Heliskiing season are hooting and hollering their way through our first week of operations. A lot goes into getting ready for a heliski season, but the last week before we open is particularly busy, with lodge and maintenance staff doing some annual training, refreshers and getting the operation ready. But for the guides and the pilots, it’s a time to hone and re-new their craft and their passion for the mountains over a week of intense training to start the season. Continue reading

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A Typical Day At Last Frontier Heliskiing

Rolling through a typical day. Photo - Grant Gunderson Rolling through a typical day. Photo – Grant Gunderson

We welcomed first guests of the season on December 15th and our staff is hard at work fine tuning the day to day activities to keep everything running smoothly. So what can you expect as a guest at Last Frontier Heliskiing? What does a typical day look like? We get asked this question a lot and it’s a great one because as you’ll see, there’s lots to a day of heliskiing, and there are options to make it what you want. Continue reading

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