HELISKIING LODGES

Choose from Bell 2 Lodge or Ripley Creek

Welcome to the mecca of heli-skiing. We'll never guarantee you waist deep powder every day - but it happens on a regular basis, which is why year after year our guests continue to return. Our lodge staff and professional mountain guides love what they do - spend a week with us and you’ll see why.

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.

Last Frontier Heliskiing

  • The largest heli skiing area on the planet
  • Steep 'n deep, wide open bowls, epic tree runs - we have them all
  • Unrivalled annual snow conditions
  • ONLY Small group heli-skiing - which sets us apart
  • Vertical drop guarantee - ensures best value for money
  • The very best guides - so you’re in great hands.

The relatively small capacity at both operations makes for a trip second to none. We are proud to raise the bar for helicopter skiing trips. With a massive ski area, years of experience and a team of seasoned professionals — We are determined to send you home with an experience of a lifetime. Pick a tour, choose a lodge, get inspired and then get in touch!

Bell 2 Lodge

Bell 2 Lodge maximum of 30 clients per week

In 1996 we had the unique opportunity to start a heliski operation in a truly exciting, untouched and remote area of northern British Columbia. 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

Ripley Creek Inn services a maximum of 25 clients per week.

The second base of operations for Last Frontier Heliskiing is based at the Ripley Creek Inn 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.

Side by Side

Comparing Bell2 Lodge and Ripley Creek is a bit like choosing between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini - both are incredible but each has it's particular charms. Whichever lodge you choose you'll be greeted with the same warm welcome and great Canadian hospitality and food, but to make things a little easier we've created this side-by-side comparison to give you a better insight into how they stack up against each other.

Detail
Bell2 Lodge
Ripley Creek
Size
Bell2 is the bigger of the two with a maximum of 30 guests per week.
Usually has a maximum of 15 guests per week - which can be expanded to 20 for special groups.
Location
Located 220 miles (360 km) Northwest of Smithers, British Columbia. The resort is situated along the Stewart-Cassiar Highway.
Located 200 miles (310km) Northwest of Terrace, BC. The small town of Stewart is situated at the end of the Portland Canal, opposite Hyder, Alaska.
Character

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 stay in log chalets, 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.

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.

Terrain
Based in the Skeena Mountain range and almost impossible to summarise - it has everything you could possibly want from a heliskiing trip. In comparison Bell2 gives you slightly more options.
Focusing exclusively on the southern part of our tenure, the terrain is very exciting and specialises in long runs on glaciers and in open bowls as well as some of the most spectacular tree runs anywhere.
Non-Skiing
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.
If the conditions are unfavourable for flying, there are many things to do in nearby Stewart. Go fishing on the Portland Canal, visit historic museums or check-out any of the three local watering holes and meet some of the locals.
Summary
Being the bigger of the two means more of our guests stay at Bell2. In terms of accommodation the private cabins of Bell2 are more luxurious and the lodge is more remote - which gives it a true feeling of being lost in the remote Canadian wilderness.
What Ripley Creek loses in the 5 star details compared to Bell2 it makes up for with it's character. And, if you are unlucky enough to have down days there are also more things to do so possibly better suited to those bringing non-skiing partners.

Try not to get too attached to one or the other as availability might have the final word on which lodge venue you base your heliskiing trip on.