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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Forecasting the Coming Season – Big Snow Year?

I remember speaking to one of the more respected weather forecasters at the University of Washington and he told me that long term weather predictions always need to be taken with a grain of salt. Case in point. Since spring, skiers and riders have been raptly listening to long term forecasts stating that the 2014-15 ski season is going to an El Nino season. Will it be a drought? Epic? Wet? Warm? Cold? Blogs and freeski sites have been going off with weather predictions. Fairly critical stuff. Answering the question of whether this is going to be a good snow year can have enormous consequences. Lots of ski bums out there have decisions to make. People may be debating quitting their jobs and buying a van. All based on long term weather predictions about whether it’s going to be an El Nino year. OK. But first off, what is El Nino and what does it mean for skiers?

Typical El Nino season in North America. More Precip in California...less in the Western US and Southern BC.

Typical El Nino season in North America. More Precip in California…less in the Western US and Southern BC.

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Seven Awesome Things About Heliskiing in Canada

Canadians love a lot of things, but they especially love active lifestyles, good beer or wine and laughing at themselves. That’s why they do heli-skiing vacations so well, because heli-skiing vacations consist of those things. But there are a few more reasons why heli-skiing is awesome in Canada, and they’re not just about the beer.

Little bit of this! Photo: Steve Rosset

Like a little bit of this! Photo: Steve Rosset

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What’s Included in Heli Skiing Prices?

Grandmothers always say, “you want to know what you’re getting for your money, honey.” That’s why we at Last Frontier Heliskiing want to make it simple for you to know exactly what you’re getting for yours. Heli skiing isn’t cheap, we know, but this might be the one exception to the rule that “money can’t buy you happiness.” Because in this case, for 4, 5 or 7 days, money can buy you happiness. So what’s it going to cost?

Happiness looks like THIS! Photo: Dave Silver

Happiness looks like THIS! Photo: Dave Silver

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Summer at Bell 2 Lodge

Our maintenance manager at Bell 2, Ron Ledoux, sent us the photos throughout this post of his summer so far at Bell 2. Enjoy.  Photo - Ron Ledoux

Our maintenance manager at Bell 2, Ron Ledoux, sent us the photos throughout this post of his summer so far at Bell 2. Enjoy.
Photo – Ron Ledoux

Summers in Northern British Columbia are beautiful. Long days under a warm sun in some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes in the world. At Bell 2 Lodge, things don’t stop once the snow melts. Last Frontier Heliskiing runs a year round operation at Bell 2 Lodge. Continue reading

Catching First Chair

Catching first chair. Is there anything better? Even if it’s not a powder day, there’s something to be said for being up there first. Getting off the lift with an entire ski area of untracked snow just waiting to be skied, is one of the great pleasures of being a skier. But at every mountain, catching first chair isn’t always as simple as it seems. There are decisions that go into it.

Sunrise on the first chair...happy days.  Photo - D. McLeish

Sunrise on the first chair…happy days.
Photo – D. McLeish

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Why Heli-Skiing in BC is the Best in the World

There are a few questions in life that are similar, because they have a simple answer. They are questions like: is the Pope Catholic? Is the sky blue? Is heli-skiing in BC the best in the world? That simple, one-word answer: YES. 

Woohoo! So much fun. Photo: Michael Brackenhoffer

Woohoo! So much fun. Photo: Michael Brackenhoffer

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Staff Profiles – Steve Rosset: Marketing Guru & Photographer

Gorgeous. Photo - Steve Rosset

Gorgeous.
Photo – Steve Rosset

For those of us that work at Last Frontier Heliskiing, our passion for the mountains always comes first. But many of us, be it our mad scientist ski tech at our Ripley Creek location, Guido Schnelzer, or some of our ski guides who spend their summers doing things most of us only dream of, all of us have some hidden talents. Enter Steve Rosset. Born in Switzerland, you could say Steve was born into the mountain culture. His dad, George Rosset, is one of the great heliskiing pioneers in BC and the founder of Last Frontier Heliskiing. Steve grew up around guides, ski bums, helicopters and deep snow and his love and passion for skiing on the last frontier has led him to be the Media and Marketing Guru at Last Frontier. Continue reading

How to Pack for Your Ski Vacation at Last Frontier

If you’ve never been on a ski vacation at Last Frontier Heliskiing, then you are facing a few points of adversity in your life:

1. That you have never skied with us (it’s heaven). 

2. That you don’t know what to pack. 

Our tech room. Photo: Steve Rosset

Our tech room. Photo: Steve Rosset

We want to ameliorate both of these tough points and set you up for success on the dream vacation of your life, as well as help you to be prepared for it. So, pack the following: 

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Our Favourite Low-Budget Ski Videos

There are a few ski films that are cinematographically mind-boggling. Drones and helicopters and cross-valley shots keep your jaw-dropping and your head spinning. Split screens, original scores and super athletes skiing lines all over the world. These are the big budget films: the ones that we are all suckers for. But what about the other ones? The ones that are making magic with GoPros and hand-me-downs. Here are a few of the best low-budget ski videos: 

Not everyone shoots with a RED. Photo: Michael Brackenhoffer

Not everyone shoots with a RED. Photo: Michael Brackenhoffer

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The Best Times for Heliskiing in BC

Heliskiing in BC at its finest - on the Last Frontier.  Photo - Eric Berger

Heliskiing in BC at its finest – on the Last Frontier.
Photo – Eric Berger

We often get asked when the best time to go heliskiing in BC is. British Columbia offers up the best skiing in the world so it can be tough to decide. At Last Frontier Heliskiing, every month offers something unique. Early season is a little less busy, January is deep, February and March are the high season and April? Well let’s just say that last year we had a week in April that was absolutely all time. Difficult decisions. Each month offers up something a little different and it isn’t just the weather. Continue reading

Winter is Coming

It snowed in the mountains last week. The next morning there was a thin blanket of white on the tops of all the local peaks. I understand it’s only August and aside from that little blip of precipitation, it’s been blazing hot every day and people aren’t so much thinking about skiing as they are about swimming. But even with all that, it was a sign. Winter is coming. Maybe not right now, but ever so slowly, as the days shorten through the fall, those little precipitation events will get a little longer and a little colder. By early October, winter starts making its mark. With that change comes the opportunity to start fresh and awaken our obsession with snow.

Bliss. I'd way rather do this than just about anything else... Photo - Caton Garvie

Bliss. I’d way rather do this than just about anything else…
Photo – Caton Garvie

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What It’s Like to Experience the “Ends of the Earth”

A lot of people don’t understand the joy of being in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the fierce elements, vulnerable to the harsh environments. They don’t get why people are pulled to put themselves in deep snow, in the freezing cold, in the toughest physical situation possible, to experience the rush of connecting through nature with sport…

Connecting humans and nature. Photo: Randy Lincks

Connecting humans and nature. Photo: Randy Lincks

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New Skis: Should They Be Tuned?

There’s nothing so satisfying as bringing home a new pair of skis. But are new skis good to go, right out of the box? Should you do anything to the skis before taking them out for a rip? There are different schools of thought on this and different skis require different treatment but for the most part, it is better for you and for the ski if they have some work done to them before going skiing. This can involve sharpening edges, waxing or even a base grind.

What new skis are really for. No tuning required for this.  Photo - Randy Lincks

What new skis are really for. No tuning required for this.
Photo – Randy Lincks

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Top Five Reasons to Experience Last Frontier Heliskiing

You’ve got options, yes. But choosing a heliskiing vacation is like finding your soulmate: there really is only one option. That option looks like great terrain, massive snowfall, solid pilots, great chefs, good people, lots of drinks and awesome skiing. That option is with us. Why?

That's why. Photo: Dave Silver

That’s why. Photo: Dave Silver

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