Northern BC, Canada
Last Frontier offers a range of heliski tours from their two unique lodging experiences in Northern BC, Canada. With the largest single heli ski area on the planet, massive snowfalls, small groups of 5 and unrivalled terrain, Last Frontier is the ultimate helicopter skiing experience. While Last Frontier will never guarantee you waist deep powder every day, it happens on a regular basis, which is why year after year their guests continue to return.
There are two heliskiing locations to choose from. Both offer epic heli skiing and heli-boarding experiences in some of the wildest terrain in British Columbia. Bell 2 Lodge and the Ripley Creek Inn are both in BC, Canada on the border of Alaska.
Bell 2 Lodge
Located at 1900ft (600 meters) and once a basic service station for travellers on their way to the Alaska and the Yukon, Bell 2 Lodge is now a modern heliski village. With satellite communication and state of the art environmental facilities, it offers the comforts of a first class hotel with a rustic touch of the Canadian wild.
The dining room, lounge and bar act as the focal point for skiing and snowboarding stories to be shared. Guests are accommodated in log chalets, located approximately 100 meters from the lodge. All rooms have a private bathroom, fireplace, two queen size beds or one king size bed with down duvets.
If weather conditions are unfavourable for flying, you can strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore the Bell Irving River Valley. With a little luck, you may spot a moose, wolf or other animals that frequent this area during the winter season.
Ripley Creek Inn
The second base of operations for Last Frontier Heliskiing is based in Stewart, a little old mining town on the border to Alaska. The terrain is exciting and offers long runs on glaciers and in open bowls as well as some of the most spectacular tree runs anywhere.
The inn is home to both guests and staff with meals served just across the street at the Bitter Creek Café. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, queen size beds with down duvets, telephones and TVs. The Bitter Creek Café has an historic feel with a bistro style menu. You’re assured of some fine eclectic cuisine and for those who are keen, some sensational seafood.
If the conditions are unfavourable for flying, there are many entertaining activities in Stewart. Go fishing on the Portland Canal, visit historic museums for a history lesson or check-out any or all of the three local watering holes for a chance to meet some of the locals that call Stewart, BC their home.
Last Frontier Heliski Information
- Location:Both lodges require a 2-hour flight from Vancouver (to either Smithers or Terrace), and then a 4-hour drive to the lodge.
- Accommodation:Bell 2 Lodge sleeps a maximum of 30 clients per week. Ripley Creek Inn sleeps a maximum of 15 clients per week.
- Facilities:Both lodges have a dining room, lounge, en-suite rooms, Wi-Fi. All rooms at Bell 2 lodge have a fireplace.
- Activities:Heliski and heliboard tours, snowshoeing.
- Children:Not advisable for children.
- Weather:Ski season runs between mid-December to mid-April.