Smartphones vs Cameras – What do amateur photographers need?

Ask any veteran snow sports photographer about the latest and greatest in technical camera gear, they’ll probably answer something like: “Great, another piece of technology that’s going to try to run me out of business.” Digital photography has come leaps and bounds in the last 15 years, but the biggest revolution has been the ease of accessibility.

Camera phones have come a long way, baby | Photo - Pintrest

Camera phones have come a long way, baby | Photo – Pinterest

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To Listen or Not to Listen – Music While Skiing

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Sometimes the bar at Last Frontier Heliskiing has live entertainment. Have a beer, be serenaded, leave happy | Photo – Grant Gunderson

We all listen to music. Every morning I have a dance party in my bedroom, wiggling to Of Monsters And Men and the Lumineers. It’s an easier way to wake up than having a shower or a cup of tea. Music makes life enjoyable and is stitched within our souls. It defines us. A common question we get at Last Frontier Heliskiing is whether guests can listen to music when skiing. While music has a time and place, heliskiing isn’t one of them. Here’s why:

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Ski Gloves – What Works and What Doesn’t

There are a couple of pieces of gear that can make or break your day of skiing or riding. Sure, you need skis that work, waterproof jackets, layers, helmets, poles; all of those things are essential. But the deal breakers are boots and gloves. Both are critical to your interaction with the snow. Both, if not working properly, can turn an epic powder day into an epic nightmare. For this post, we’ll stick to gloves but boots are as important and can be read about in an earlier post here. 

The Hestra Army Leather Heliski. A guide's favourite. Warm, comfy and bullet proof. Photo - Hestra Gloves

The Hestra Army Leather Heliski. A guide’s favourite. Warm, comfy and bullet proof.
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Christmas Ski Gear Wishlist – Top Gifts for the Skier in Your Life

With our American neighbours giving thanks this past weekend, all roads lead to Silly Season. Yes, it’s time to put your holiday tree and begin the countdown to the Festivus for the rest of us. Hopefully you’ve had the early Christmas gift of powder snow already (we certainly have), but if you are looking for a gift idea for the skier in your life, check out our Christmas Ski Gear Wishlist.

Steady... Steady... | Photo- Steadicam

Steady… Steady… | Photo- Steadicam

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Why City Life Needs Heliskiing

Cities are a necessity. They are centers of industry, commerce and home to most of Canada. However, they can be exhausting, bland, and congested. Every once in awhile it’s important to leave the city and head to the mountains. City life needs heliskiing. It needs an escape. The following is a list of what city life may entail. If you identify with any of the points on this list, please book a vacation with Last Frontier Heliskiing. Immediately.

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Best. Weekend. Ever | Photo – Liam Harrap

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Heliskiing in January – Into the Deep

It can be a long wait for winter to arrive. Yes, yes, I’ve seen the snowlines slowy creeping down the peaks lately, making their way into treeline and filling local rippers with dreams of pillows, faceshots and waist deep turns. But none of the resorts are open, the heli and cat ski operations are still ramping up and well…this time of year can be a test of patience. And while I’m excited for December to roll in, with its sometimes stormy and deep conditions, January, at least in BC, is when the wait is finally over.

January tree skiing at Last Frontier Heliskiing.  Photo - Dave Silver

January tree skiing at Last Frontier Heliskiing.
Photo – Dave Silver

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What’s in My Pack: Ski Touring Essentials for Day Touring

With ski resorts opening across the continent in the next couple weeks, it won’t be long before we can start hitting the backcountry again. While escaping into the mountains for multiple days and nights often yields the biggest snow bounty, it’s not always practical. Hauling heavy packs with tents, sleeping gear, food and fuel (to cook and melt snow) can take away precious ski time. Backcountry huts eliminate much of that weight, but many of us have to get back to civilization to our responsibilities. Sometimes the only option is single day touring; start early, finish late, come home and crack a beer with exhausted satisfaction. And when you go, pack these ski touring essentials:

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Earning powder turns, one step at a time | Photo – Vince Shuley

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Something Different – Skiing at Shames in Terrace

There isn’t much resort skiing in Northern British Columbia. The towns are small, isolated and remote. Nevertheless, a couple of ski hills dot the rugged landscape of the Coast Range. Shames Mountain in Terrace is one of them. Powder Magazine described it as such, “Shames receives 1200 cm of annual snowfall, laying claim to one of the deepest, most consistent snow packs in North America and it’s backcountry access is unrivaled.” The resort is perfect for those wanting to try something different, ski hard, or experience powder up to their nostrils.

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The ski map | Photo – mymountaincoop.ca 

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Heliskiing in April – Long Days and Long Laps

The deep winter months get all the glory in the heliskiing world. December is the start and usually produces a pile of snow. January is waist deep, tree skiing, stormy heaven. February is cold smoke and March, well, even in this article I won’t argue March is all time. But April heliskiing is something else entirely. April is one of those months that tends to deliver the goods, year after year. At Last Frontier Heliskiing, April is the end game for us, but it’s sometimes the best time of year to come skiing. Sure, March gets the glory, but April has a few little things March doesn’t have.

Yes, this can happen in April. Sometimes for days on end.  Photo - Randy Lincks

Yes, this can happen in April. Sometimes for days on end.
Photo – Randy Lincks

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How Social Media Can Benefit the Backcountry

Social media has had its fair share of criticism when it comes to backcountry. It can attract crowds to locals’ powder stashes. It can entice backcountry travelers to take unnecessary risk for the sake of digital one-upmanship. It can even contribute to more hazardous decision making in avalanche terrain. But just like any double edged sword, social media can also have a positive effect that helps make backcountry travel safer for the greater community.

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Backcountry skiing is a solitary experience physically, but digitally can be incredibly competitive | Photo – Reuben Krabbe

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Remembrance Day in Canada

On Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m, peace went into effect, ending the war between the Allies and Germany, and marking the end of the First World War. Since then, Canadians have honoured their veterans and war dead with a ceremony and two minutes of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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In preparation for a ceremony in 2016| Photo – CityNews

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November 2016 Heliski News

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NEW: HELISKI VIDEO

Above & Beyond – Full Feature

In just under 37 days the heli rotors will start turning again as our first guests arrive at Bell 2 Lodge. To help fill that gap, we are now releasing the full version of our new video feature: Above & Beyond. This year’s heliski feature was filmed during March 2016 and marks the sixth consecutive season we have released a brand-new promo video. See the full video library on our website here.
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Behind the Scenes – Above and Beyond

Looking out over the Last Frontier. Photo - Mike Watling

Looking out over the Last Frontier during the week of filming.
Photo – Mike Watling

Thursday will see the premiere of our annual short film production. When we first set out to do these films, our goal was to showcase what a typical week of skiing at Last Frontier Heliskiing is really like. We wanted to immerse the viewer into the film, giving them what a true representation of the experience of heliskiing with us. So every year, we book a week far in advance, invite two athletes, one photographer and a film maker to shoot a week of skiing in the wild, remote mountains of Northern BC. Continue reading

Pre-winter Preparation at Last Frontier Heliskiing

Winter cometh, and while we’re all dreaming of endless powder days and helicopter rides, there’s a whole lot going on behind the scenes before snow hits the valley floor. This is pre-winter preparation at Last Frontier Heliskiing and it runs on a skeleton crew of staff.

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Pre-winter preparation for a heliski company isn’t always pretty, but definitely necessary | Photo – Cliff Umpleby

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What makes Last Frontier Heliskiing Different – Storm Day Skiing

It’s easy to get good skiing. It exists not only in Canada, but around the world.  Europe, Asia, even New Zealand has it. But few operations can go beyond and offer awesome skiing. But Last Frontier Heliskiing does. How? Possibilities. With us, you have options. Combined with a five meter high snow pack of feathery light powder and 5,000 foot runs, those options = awesome skiing. So when a storm rolls in and the clouds drop, we don’t shy away from skiing, we get stoked for more.

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Low cloud? Heavy Snow? No problem| Photo – Grant Gunderson

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