Where to Heli-Ski? Canada’s Best Locations for Fresh Powder

Guess what!? It’s not Ontario.

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Get the Ultimate Helicopter Ski Experience with Last Frontier Heliskiing

Imagine a wild and untamed mountain range deep in the heart of the Coast Mountains Northern British Columbia. Here on the Last Frontier, snowstorms are measured in metres and over 25 of them fall each year in an area spanning over 9000 square kilometres. Shredding neck deep lines that have never been skied is a daily occurrence in the world’s single largest helicopter ski tenure. It’s a wild place, with massive peaks, old growth trees and the deepest snow you’ll ever ski.

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The History of Heliskiing in Canada

The history of heliskiing in Canada has been about pushing the boundaries of what was possible in skiing. From the early days of mountain guides owning their own helicopters to the modern luxury heliski operation, heliskiing in Canada has always been about one thing: finding the best snow and the deepest turns. It’s been about getting away from the ski resorts and leaving the known world behind to spend time in places few have skied, let alone even ventured into.

Teeing up the best BC has to offer at Last Frontier.  Photo - Caton Garvie

Teeing up the best BC has to offer at Last Frontier.
Photo – Caton Garvie

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All the Skier Ladies! Ski with Ingrid Backstrom and Leah Evans

Last week, we couldn’t stop thinking about how we could go skiing this summer. To Bariloche to explore the backcountry with Chris Rubens and Eric Hjorleifson? To the Blackcomb Glacier to do slushy backflips with Zoya Lynch? This week, a real shocker: we’re still thinking about our options. Ladies, read on!

Professional freeskier Leah Evans. Photo: William Eaton

Go skiing with professional freeskier Leah Evans, and take it to the next level. Photo: William Eaton

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Top Five Summer Jobs for a Ski Bum

There are different ways to achieving 150 day ski seasons. You could work nights, for instance, as a cleaner or a bartender and shred every day. Or you could pick a job that requires you to ski at work. Those can work. But to truly dirtbag a season, or multiple 150 day seasons, you need to be free of the constraints of regular employment. Being unemployed gives you the freedom to rip lines every day and never be worried about showing up for work. But unless you’re independently wealthy, financing a winter devoid of work but filled with mountain pursuits on two skis tends to get a little expensive. If you’re really good, sponsorship can help, but free skis don’t put food on the table so regardless, you need money, plain and simple. Which leaves only five to six months out of the year where gainful employment is a necessity. But what pays? What jobs, over the summer months, allow for big pay cheques that you can stash for the first storm of the season?

Dirtbagging in style on the Last Frontier. Photo - Bryn Hughes

Dirtbagging in style on the Last Frontier.
Photo – Bryn Hughes

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Queen of Storms, Zoya Lynch, Experiences “Better Weather” on Blackcomb Glacier

Photographer Zoya Lynch, Queen of Storms, Winner of the 2014 Deep Winter Challenge in Whistler, BC, went to summer camp this year. Specifically, Momentum on Blackcomb Glacier. And she has reported to us at Last Frontier Heliskiing that summer skiing on the glacier might actually be more fun than deep powder. We didn’t believe her, so we asked her to prove her case. This is what she sent us…

Looks like a decent option. Photo: Zoya Lynch

Looks like a decent option. Photo: Zoya Lynch

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Ski With Chris Rubens and Eric Hjorleifson in Bariloche? Yes Please

Every once in a while, a “once in a lifetime opportunity” presents itself to you. Maybe you have skied with Last Frontier already, maybe you’re thinking about (it counts as one of those opportunities), but we want to let you know about the one that is going to be offered in Argentina, this summer, while you wait for winter – sorry, enjoy a hot summer of lying on the beach…nope. You have to go skiing. Well, if you’re going to go skiing with anybody this summer, it should be these guys:

Chris Rubens having a time at Last Frontier. Photo: Bryn Hughes

Chris Rubens having a time at Last Frontier. Photo: Bryn Hughes

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Self Rescue in the Backcountry – Courses to Take

I spend a lot of time in the backcountry. Whether it’s climbing, ski touring or riding my bike, I have made the mountains my home for most of my life. But as we all know, recreation in the backcountry is different from recreation on a ski hill or in an urban environment. Ambulances and ski patrollers can’t come to your rescue so it’s important to be prepared for self rescue in the backcountry. We all know that stuff happens and when you’re way out there, and even an equipment malfunction or a twisted ankle can become an epic.

Get out there...just be prepared. Photo - D'Arcy McLeish

Get out there…just be prepared.
Photo – D’Arcy McLeish

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Riding the South Chilcotin – A First Timer’s Guide

When it comes to long, epic, high alpine mountain bike rides, there are few places in the world to rival the South Chilcotin Mountains. Located an hour north of Pemberton, British Columbia, in the South Chilcotin Mountains Park, the area encompasses high alpine meadows, grasslands, lakes and some of the most gorgeous mountains in British Columbia. Long a horseback riding destination, mountain bikers have been riding the epic singletrack in the Chilcotins for years. But for anyone contemplating a trip up there, it can be daunting.

Alpine Wildflowers...One of the highlights of riding the South Chilcotin. Photo - Tony Sittlinger

Alpine Wildflowers…One of the highlights of riding the South Chilcotin.
Photo – Tony Sittlinger

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The Apres-Ski: What’s On Our Wine List?

Our menu at Last Frontier Heliskiing features some of the best wines from the province (as well as a whole selection of international wines). The sloping Okanagan valley, consistent sunshine and fertile soil all set this region up to produce some of the best wines in the region. See Ya Later Ranch is one of those wines and that is why both their Unleashed Pinot Noir and their Unleashed Pinot Gris are on our wine list.

Our wine list. Photo: Steve Rosset

Our wine list. Photo: Steve Rosset

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Your Guide to BC’s Summer Music Festivals

Whatever your preferred flavour is, from electronic to country, British Columbia is serving it up this summer. Here are the top music festivals happening in this province in the next few months, and why you should be at them. 

A moment. Photo: Danielle Bensler

A moment. Photo: Danielle Bensler

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A Short History of Canadianisms

Yesterday was our nation’s 147th birthday, and so we suppose there is no time like the present to, well, explain ourselves. Some of our international friends think we’re a little crazy for doing things like enjoying the cold, apologizing unnecessarily and saying “eh.” But here is a short explanation of how these things really came to be in our dear country…

Classic lumberjack move, winning and feeling better for it. Photo courtesy of imgur.com

Classic lumberjack move, winning and feeling bad for it. Photo courtesy of imgur.com

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Summer Activities – Hiking in British Columbia

British Columbia has some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain on earth. Ask anyone who lives here and they’ll tell ya, BC has something for every outdoor enthusiast. For the summer hiker in you, the options are endless. From gorgeous day hikes around some of the larger cities to long, epic multi day hikes in our provincial parks and surrounding wilderness, BC’s hiking opportunities are truly spectacular.

The Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC. A great afternoon hike.  Photo - Tourism Squamish

The Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC. A great afternoon hike.
Photo – Tourism Squamish

But where to begin? West Coast, Interior, The Rockies? How about all of them. We picked what we think are the best destinations in BC for everything from an afternoon jaunt to a multiple day epic. Enjoy. Continue reading

Do I Need Medical Insurance to Heli-Ski in Canada?

Whether you’re a “worst-case” or “best-case” scenario type, there are certain precautionary safety measures that we recommend before heading up here to have the time of your life. It sounds a little like “cover all your bases” and looks a little bit like a mom leaving the house for the first time with her newborn baby. But it is recommended. It is medical insurance. 

Load up on insurance to chill out. Photo: Dave Silver

Load up on insurance to chill out. Photo: Dave Silver

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Why British Columbia Should Be On Your Bucket List

British Columbia is one of the world’s most diverse and exciting destinations for outdoor adventure tourism. From sweeping valleys to massive mountains, shimmering lakes and bubbling rivers, there is a plethora of outdoor activities that you can do in BC. We might suggest that going skiing in a helicopter should be at the top of your priorities list, but it’s open to discussion. For example…

If they are not moving and you hit them, yes, you at fault. I don't care how tired your legs are. Photo: Randy Lincks

Impressive views of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Photo: Randy Lincks

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