Top Ten Ways to Prep For Ski Season

Cold smoke, at Last Frontier. Soon... Photo - Reuben Krabbe

Cold smoke, at Last Frontier. Soon…
Photo – Reuben Krabbe

Somewhere in the world it’s snowing. Right now that happens to be just down the road and about 6000 feet higher than where I am currently sitting. I’m excited. Winter is coming. Soon I’ll be shredding waist deep turns in blower pow. At least that’s the theory. Depending on the winter ahead, that may or may not happen on a regular basis. Regardless, once will be enough. But how best to prepare yourself for ski season? Continue reading

Finally! It’s Trailer Season 2014

There are few times of year more exciting than that magical window of anticipation and excitement leading up to the ski season. Luckily, there are brilliant individuals who take it upon themselves, year after year, to film the best skiers in the world absolutely killing it all over the world, and make movies of the glory that is happening out there so that we can watch and enjoy it. This year, there is no shortage of talent, no shortage of anticipation, and no shortage of sweet movies coming out to carry us into the snowy months. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s trailer season! And now, some of the most exciting ski films of 2014…

Fire it up boys! Photo: Caton Garvie

Fire it up boys! Photo: Caton Garvie

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Who’s a good dog? An ode to CARDA.

Avalanche rescue has really gone to the dogs… and that’s a good thing. The Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) has been growing in leaps and bounds thanks to the proven track record of its canine ambassadors and their incredible handlers – people like Al Roberts from Revelstoke, BC, and his dog, Sadie, who were kind enough to take a walk with me and explain what it means to be partners in this life-saving endeavour.

Ready! Set! GO! Photo: John  Antoniuk

Ready! Set! GO! Photo: John Antoniuk

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September 2014 Heli Skiing News

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In this fall edition of our heliski news we take a look at the forecast for the coming season, head to Antarctica for some exciting ski touring, check-in with our blog and tease our upcoming heliski video: The Cold Rush.sep_news_2014_divider Continue reading

Gear Review – Arc’teryx Alpha SV Glove

Good gloves are essential. Especially when you're waist deep at Last Frontier Heliskiing. Photo - Reuben Krabbe

Good gloves are essential. Especially when you’re waist deep at Last Frontier Heliskiing.
Photo – Reuben Krabbe

The Arc’teryx Alpha SV glove is the mac daddy of Arc’teryx gloves.  With a full gauntlet construction, full leather palm, beefy fleece interior and a Gore-Tex membrane to keep you dry, these gloves just look burly. After wearing them on most of the colder, wetter days throughout a whole winter season, I can safely say, they stand up as well as most things Arc’teryx makes. They were bomber, they were dry, but they were far from perfect. Continue reading

Ski Antarctica: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience

We recently caught up with Phil Wickens, Director of Ski-Antarctica, a sail-to-ski operation exploring none other than the rugged wild of Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. At Last Frontier Heliskiing, we love hearing about these incredible tours and opportunities; to connect with people that share the same passion that we do. We couldn’t help but to ask Phil to tell us everything about this amazing experience that his team offers. Here’s what he said!

Sail to ski. Photo courtesy of Ski-Antarctica.

Sail to ski. Photo courtesy of Ski-Antarctica

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10 tips for your heli boarding trip this winter

Flights booked? Check. Camera charged? Yup! Snowboard boots packed as carry-on luggage, not checked baggage? Uh… wait, what? Regardless of how well traveled a rider you may be, it never hurts to make a list and check it twice. For a little shoulder season inspiration, check out our list of 10 tips for your heli boarding trip this winter.

That's hot! Photo: Lorenz Masse

That’s hot! Photo: Lorenz Masse

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Staff Profile – Guido’s Ghettoworks

Guido Schnelzer is a modern day mountain explorer, inventor, ski madman and good humoured backcountry wizard. Guido also happens to be the ski tech for Last Frontier Heliskiing at our Ripley Creek location in Stewart, BC. When last we spoke to Guido, he was well into his ski season, bagging night laps after work in the local Stewart backcountry. Over the summer, Guido’s Ghettoworks, as he so aptly calls his little workshop of snow magic, has been hard at work.

Soon it will be winter. And all of us will back in our happy place. Photo - Reuben Krabbe

Soon it will be winter, and all of us will back in our happy place.
Photo – Reuben Krabbe

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Taking An Adult Ski Lesson: Is It Worth It?

Remember the good old days, bombing around the ski hill with a bunch of other little muppets, following the coolest-person-you-had-ever-met-ever (ski instructor) in a series of wide, slow, big, arcing S-turns? You learned so much back in those days. Now, equipment technology has changed, and a few big crashes over the years have made you more timid. But, you still love to ski more than anything, and as and adult, maybe it’s time for a brush-up. What about taking a ski lesson? Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

A coupl'a old dogs, lookin' for some new tricks. Photo: Dave Silver

A coupl’a old dogs, lookin’ for some new tricks. Photo: Dave Silver

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Heads up: ski season starts NOW!

For some, winter is the season to let it all go: bring on the sweatpants and Netflix and check in with the cardiovascular system in the spring. For skiers and snowboarders, however, winter is go time. There’s no greater excitement than suiting up on opening day, an epic season ahead in which every day will probably be a powder day, you will finally nail a backflip and your YouTube channel will go viral. There is also no greater pain than the immediate burning which will inevitably spread from your feet up to your lungs as you break a sweat just getting from the gondola to the first chair on your very first run. This is the natural result of an entire summer spent car camping and drinking beer in an inflatable lounger at the lake. Luckily, we’ve got some tips on how to get in shape for ski season NOW!

Keeping up! Photo: Reuben Krabbe

Keeping up! Photo: Reuben Krabbe

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The Advantages of Small Group Heliskiing

Heliskiing has always been the holy grail of skiing. It’s the dream trip skiers and riders imagine every time it snows. What would it be like to have a helicopter at your beck and call with just a few friends and nothing but untracked snow as far as the eye can see? Working as a ski patroller lends itself to untracked pow on tap after every epic storm, but my own experience with heliskiing has been twofold. On one side, there’s the epic adventure we all dream of: endless lines in a remote mountain range where the snow is deep and the skis are as wide as surfboards. The other side is not so romantic. I’ve been out ski touring when a large Bell 212 helicopter lands and starts its drop off of multiple groups of eleven skiers and slopes are tracked out in minutes. A heliskiing vacation has to be something more than that.

This is it. This is what I want on a heliski trip.  Photo - Reuben Krabbe

This is it. This is what I want on a heliski trip.
Photo – Reuben Krabbe

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Tips for a Successful Family Vacation

Some might say the only way to have a successful family vacation is to not go on one. But at Last Frontier Heliskiing, we disagree. There are a few things that can keep your family together, smiling and laughing like you’ve walked right out of the pages of a Sears catalogue. One of those things – if age appropriate – is alcohol. Another is heli-skiing. Here are few tips to make your family’s trip to Last Frontier Heliskiing one for the books:

Bringin' up the rear. Photo: Dave Silver

Someone’s got to bring up the rear. Photo: Dave Silver

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The best backcountry heli boarding in Canada

Mountains. They’re SO BIG. This is most amazing when you happen to be at the very tip-top, ready to drop into a massive swath of untracked powder and ride the run of your life. It is not so key when you’re standing at the bottom and want/need to get back up to the top for another epic ride. In fact, it’s a bit disheartening. Unless, of course, there’s a helicopter waiting to bump you back up there in less time than it takes to empty the snow out of your chest pockets and defog your goggles. Then it’s really pretty awesome. This is heli boarding in Canada! 

Ticket to ride! Photo: Gordon Eshom

Ticket to ride! Photo: Gordon Eshom

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Elixir – A Film about Nick Geddes

In the mountain environment, we often point to athletic achievement as a form of inspiration. This athlete climbed that peak or that rider won this competition. While physical achievement can be inspiring in its own way, is it truly a measure of character? Too often in the bubble of the mountain culture, athletic achievement is celebrated over true inspiration. Sure, it takes mad skills, discipline and balls of steel to do some of the things athletes do, but that often has little do to with the depth of someone’s character. Human existence has always been defined by suffering and life occasionally deals all of us bad cards. How we overcome adversity, be it death, illness, addiction, injury, or trauma, is a true measure of character. That’s what inspires me.

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Great Gear: the Best Skis for Helicopter Skiing in Canada

There’s more to life than skiing, some say. We agree. What’s more: the skis. We don’t think that every set of skis is ideal for the conditions out here at Bell 2 lodge or Ripley Creek – your straight skis or your snow blades, for example, aren’t going to cut it out here in the deep stuff. But we do know what are the best skis to float through the powder (because we do it a lot) and we want you to share in the joy. Let us recommend some of our gear that we’ve got up here, waiting just for you. 

Just a couple of guys! Photo: Dave Silver

Just a couple of guys! Photo: Dave Silver

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