DETAILED PROGRAM

Choose from Bell 2 Lodge or Ripley Creek

The below program is recommended. Please contact us if you would like to investigate other itinerary options. Guests have the choice of staying in Vancouver or Smithers for their pre heliskiing nights

BELL 2 LODGE PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE

Staying pre-heliskiing in Vancouver

Arrive in Canada the day before your tour begins
Overnight at a choice of Vancouver hotels:
Fairmont Waterfront (Downtown) – Budget approximately $40 for a taxi between the airport
Or try the new Canada Line on the SkyTrain aspx (25 min. trip from the airport to Waterfront Station, CDN$3.75 fare
Sheraton (Downtown) - Budget approximately $40 for a taxi between the airport
Fairmont (Airport) – Actually in the airport
Westin (Airport) - A free shuttle between Westin Airport Hotel and Vancouver (YVR) airport is provided

Travel Vancouver to Bell 2 Lodge

The tour start date is a travel day - Vancouver to Bell 2 Lodge
Book AC8560 departing Vancouver (YVR) 08:15 arrive Smithers (YYD) 10:01
Depart Smithers Airport - 11:00
Ground transfer to lodge provided
Arrive Bell 2 Lodge - 15:30 approximately

Staying in Smithers pre-heliskiing

Arrive in Canada the day before your tour begins
Book connecting flight AC8562 depart Vancouver (YVR) 17:55 arrive Smithers (YYD) 19:41, for the same day
Free shuttle from Smithers airport to Hudson Bay Lodge
Overnight in Smithers at Hudson Bay Lodge

Travel Smithers to Bell 2 Lodge

The tour start date is a travel day - Smithers to Bell 2 Lodge
Depart Hudson Bay Lodge -09:45
Ground transfer to lodge provided
Arrive Bell 2 Lodge - 15:30 approximately

Check-in at the lodge

Upon arrival at the lodge, you will attend an informal welcome session introducing you to the Last Frontier Heliskiing crew and run through the daily schedule. At this time we will also explain our liability waiver form, which ALL guests must sign prior to skiing or boarding.

Skiing and Boarding Days

Each morning the Lead-Guide will provide an update on the weather, snow conditions and the specific departure times for each group. The first day, your guide will instruct you on the use and care of the electronic avalanche transceiver and ABS Airbag. Everyone has an opportunity to practice several searches. Afterwards, you meet your pilot at the helicopter and review a helicopter safety briefing. The first groups in each helicopter generally depart the lodge daily at approximately 09:15.

Mini water bottles are provided in each helicopter. If you have a personal water bottle or hydration device, we encourage you to bring it. Lots of vertical makes for thirsty skiers and boarders.

Please Note: Skiing/riding on the last day of your tour generally ends at 15:00. We will do our best to ski or ride more if possible.

Meals - We aim to eat as well as we play

A buffet breakfast is served daily at 08:00
Lunch is a relaxed picnic-style affair of homemade soup, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks AND CHOCOLATE
Apres-ski snacks served in the bar
Dinner is served at 19:00
A good selection of beer, wine and spirits are available at both of our locations

Checkout day at the lodge

We ask that all guests have their bags packed and to be checked out of their rooms in the morning before skiing or boarding. Upon return to the lodge, there is time to shower and change into your traveling clothes.

Staying in Smithers post-heliskiing

Depart Bell 2 Lodge -16:30
Ground transfer to Hudson Bay Lodge provided
Arrive Hudson Bay Lodge -21:30
Overnight at Hudson Bay Lodge
The Next Day:
Free shuttle Hudson Bay Lodge to Smithers (YYD) airport
Book flight AC8561 depart Smithers (YYD) 10:30 arrive Vancouver (YVR) 12:14

Departure from Canada

Always plan to depart from Canada the day after your tour ends

The below program is recommended. Please contact us if you would like to investigate other itinerary options. Guests have the choice of staying in Vancouver or Smithers for their pre heliskiing nights

RIPLEY CREEK PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE

Staying pre-heliskiing in Vancouver

Arrive in Canada the day before your tour begins
Overnight at a choice of Vancouver hotels:
Fairmont Waterfront (Downtown) – Budget approximately $40 for a taxi between the airport
Sheraton (Downtown) - Budget approximately $40 for a taxi between the airport
Or try the new Canada Line on the SkyTrain aspx (25 min. trip from the airport to Waterfront Station, CDN$3.75 fare
Fairmont (Airport) – Actually in the airport
Westin (Airport) - A free shuttle between Westin Airport Hotel and Vancouver (YVR) airport is provided

Travel Vancouver to Ripley Creek Inn

The tour start date is a travel day - Vancouver to Ripley Creek Inn
Book AC8236 departing Vancouver (YVR) 08:25 arrive Terrace (YXT) 10:21
Depart Terrace Airport - 10:30
Ground transfer to lodge provided
Arrive Ripley Creek Inn - 15:30 approximately

Staying in Terrace pre-heliskiing

Arrive in Canada the day before your tour begins
Book connecting flight AC8244 departing Vancouver (YVR) 17:45 arrive Terrace (YXT) 19:33, for the same day
Taxi to Sandman Hotel (Budget approximately $20 for a taxi)
Overnight in at Sandman Hotel, Terrace

Travel Terrace to Ripley Creek Inn

The tour start date is a travel day - Terrace to Ripley Creek Inn
Depart Sandman Hotel - 11:30
Ground transfer to lodge provided
Arrive Ripley Creek Inn - 15:30 approximately

Check-in at the lodge

Upon arrival at the lodge, you will attend an informal welcome session introducing you to the Last Frontier Heliskiing crew and run through the daily schedule. At this time we will also explain our liability waiver, which ALL guests must sign prior to skiing or boarding.

Skiing and Boarding Days

Each morning the Lead-Guide will provide an update on the weather, snow conditions and the specific departure times for each group. The first day, your guide will instruct you on the use and care of the electronic avalanche transceiver and ABS Airbag. Everyone has an opportunity to practice several searches. Afterwards, you meet your pilot at the helicopter and review a helicopter safety briefing. The first groups in each helicopter generally depart the lodge daily at approximately 09:15

Mini water bottles are provided in each helicopter. If you have a personal water bottle or hydration device, we encourage you to bring it. Lots of vertical makes for thirsty skiers and boarders.

Please Note: Skiing/riding on the last day of your tour generally ends at 14:00. We will do our best to ski or ride more if possible.

Meals - We aim to eat as well as we play

A buffet breakfast is served daily at 08:00 at the Bitter Creek Cafe located just across the street
Lunch is a relaxed picnic-style affair of homemade soup, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks AND CHOCOLATE
Apres-ski snacks served at the Ripley Creek Inn
Dinner is served at 19:00 at the Bitter Creek Cafe
A good selection of beer and wine are available at the Bitter Creek Cafe during dinner.
Beverages for apres ski can be purchased at the local liquor store

Checkout day at the lodge

We ask that all guests have their bags packed and to be checked out of their rooms in the morning before skiing or boarding. Upon return to the lodge, there is time to shower and change into your traveling clothes.

Guests have the choice of staying in Vancouver or Terrace for their post heliskiing nights

Staying in Terrace post-heliskiing

Depart Ripley Creek Inn - 16:30
Ground transfer to Terrace Sandman Hotel provided
Arrive Terrace Sandman Hotel, Terrace – 21:30
Overnight at Terrace Sandman Hotel
The Next Day:
Taxi to airport (Budget approximately $20 for a taxi)
Book flight AC8237 depart Terrace (YXT) 06:00 arrive Vancouver (YVR) 07:45

Departure from Canada

Always plan to depart from Canada the day after your tour ends