The evolution of heliskiing continues. Smaller operators are offering alternatives to CMH and Mike Wiegele Heli-Skiing. This series will give a brief summary of the operators in the Coast Range of British Columbia Canada.
The Coast Range of British Columbia is home to some of the heliski industry innovators: Bella Coola Heliskiing, Northern Escape Heliskiing, TLH Heliskiing, Skeena Heliskiing and Last Frontier Heliskiing. Coastal weather patterns provide copious amounts of powder, and travel is usually MUCH easier than the more famous operators to the East. How do they compete with the big boys and deal with the huge amounts of snowfall?
Glad you asked.
Each of these BC coast range heli-ski destination operators have a strategy, or two, to differentiate their offerings.
Today, we take a closer look at Last Frontier Heli-Skiing and their two lodges.
Last Frontier Heliskiiing takes you WAY North to get good snow. Last Frontier is situated on the edge of the Alaskan Panhandle in Northern British Columbia. It may take a little longer to get up there, but you will be rewarded with the largest single heliski area in the world, record breaking snowfall and some of the most varied terrain found anywhere. They have two unique bases of operation.
Bell 2 is a self-contained heliski village featuring luxurious log chalets, each complete with wood burning stoves. The area offers a great combination of tree skiing and high alpine terrain. I have been there a couple of times, and these cabins are great. So is the skiing!
Ripley Creek, where the lodging is a hotel in an old gold mining town, has incredible long glaciated runs of up to 5,000 feet! It’s like a combination of BC and Alaska heliskiing. Not fancy, but very cool. The trip includes one border crossing to Hyder, Alaska to get Hyderized by downing a huge, mysterious shot that will not be memorable…..
Last Frontier also offers a unique Heliski Safari option, which involves skiing from one lodge to the other, half-way through the week. The 60 mile trip offers spectacular heliskiing and unforgettable scenery with countless glaciers. I did this trip last season, and it is phenomenal! It is truly a safari, taking advantage of whatever looks good along the way. It sells out fast, so let us know if you want to make a reservation.
Each of these operators has figured out a way to offer something unique and very appealing to help compensate for the occasional down day. Email or call and we will help you find available trips with Last Frontier Heli-Skiing, including the Heliski Safari. 866-HELISKI or Skype HELISKI.com
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