Guess what!? It’s not Ontario.
Guess what!? It’s not Ontario.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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…
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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
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.
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…