Heliskiing in northern British Columbia
Skiing is amazing. All good skiers want to ski off piste. All off piste skiers want to ski in fresh powder. Every skier dreams of being whisked off in a helicopter to untracked powder, fresh lines, tree lined powder fields and seemingly endless runs. The of course to be picked up by the helicopter and do it all again….
Well stop dreaming, as this heliskiing in British Columbia experiece is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in heli ski experiences.
Trips from 4 – 7 days in the wilderness of B.C.
It’s quite a journey to reach your final destination, either Ripley Creek or Bell 2 Lodge. It involves a flight to Vancouver, a 4 hour internal flight followed by 3 hours in a 4×4 to get you there. Trust us it is worth it.
With over 25m of annual, fresh, champagne powder snowfall your ski dreams become a reality.
You are kitted out with all the relevant equipment needed (in case you haven’t brought your own). Fat powder skis, avalanche transceivers, ABS back packs – the latest in safety gear. You meet your guide who briefs you on the do’s and don’ts of heli ski protocol. You relax into your accommodation, enjoy an evening meal and prepare for your first day heliskiing in British Columbia. The pinnacle of skiing.
When we say prepare – it’s taken very seriously. You don’t want to miss out on a day in the helicopter because of injury or a sore back. Being in good physical fitness is paramount to really enjoying this trip and getting the most out of the experience. On site hot tubs and massages become an important part of your aprés ski as opposed to beer and shots! Preparing yourself for the next day is so important.
The right equipment is also a key factor in enjoying this trip. You are going to be in waist deep powder for much of your day, sweating as it’s hard work even though the temperature could be anywhere from 0 to -20. You need the right technical clothing and insulation to keep you dry, comfy and functioning.
This really is the ski trip of a lifetime. Its wilderness skiing at its very best and every skiers dream realised. You can’t beat a helicopter exclusively to get you anywhere and everywhere your guide sees fit to ski!
Below is a simple example itinerary based on 5 days at Ripley Creek or Bell 2 Lodge in Northern BC. Based on flights from London to Vancouver
Arrive Vancouver Airport – possible overnight stay in Vancouver.
Scheduled pre booked internal flight to Smithers- an old gold mining town where it is possible to ski. 4×4 Transfer to Ripley Creek.
Meet guides, get skis and safety gear/briefings etc. Prepare for first morning heli skiing.
Day 3 – 7
5 full days of heliskiing. In your own private group if large enough, with your own private helicopter and expert guide. Lunches are delivered to the mountain, or taken with you.
Departure after skiing on Day 7. Overnight in Smithers as an option – or directly to Vancouver for an overnight flight (flight schedule dependent)
A flight from Smithers-Vancouver-London (for example)
All breakfasts and dinners are taken in the Lodge at Ripley Creek.
- Seven or five days of heli-skiing including an unlimited amount of skiing
- Exclusive use of a private helicopter
- Two expert guides
- Seven or five nights’ accommodation (twin occupancy)
- All meals
- Meet and greet at Smithers airport
- Limousine transfers in Smithers between the airport and your hotel
- Use of powder skis & poles
- Use of safety equipment including: probe, shovel, avalanche transceiver and avalanche airbag
For more details on this incredible experience and to book heliskiing in British Columbia please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Kaluma team.
Header image: © Last Frontier Heli-Skiing, Canada. Photographer: Steve Rosset
Image 1: © Last Frontier Heliskiing, Canada. Photographer: Dave Silver
Image 2: © Last Frontier Heliskiing, Canada. Photographer: Ashley Barker
Image 3: © Last Frontier Heliskiing, Canada. Photographer: Dave Silver
Image 4: © Last Frontier Heliskiing, Canada. Photographer: Steve Rosset
Image 5: © Last Frontier Heliskiing, Canada. Photographer: Ashley Barker
Image 6: © Last Frontier Heliskiing, Canada. Photographer: Dave Silver