Category Archives: Photos & Videos

The Abbot Pass Hut – The Highest “Home” in Canada

Some of the best places in life are the hardest to travel to – like Abbot Pass Hut. Straddling an alpine pass between Alberta and British Columbia in the Canadian Rockies, the hut is a welcomed sight for climbers after … Continue reading

5 Notable Ski Traverses Worth Trying in Canada

I’ve never been good at conventional sports. I don’t have an arm for throwing or a foot for kicking. Baseball becomes floppy-arm-ball, and soccer ball-kicked-in-the-face-game. While most kids are probably encouraged to be team players, my father always advised against. … Continue reading

Ski Movies Filmed in Northern BC

Northern BC may feel like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but that’s also what make so attractive to ski movie producers. Constantly gathering new, innovative ski footage is how these teams manage to release fresh film offering new perspectives … Continue reading

Skiing on a Glacier at Last Frontier Heliskiing

When I first saw a Last Frontier Heliskiing tenure map, I was flabbergasted. Not only was the ski-able area enormous, but most of the map was covered in white. Now if anyone (and I mean anyone) is worth their salt, they’ll … Continue reading

Bell 2 Lodge in the summer: a Northern Oasis on your way to Alaska

Our heliskiing season runs from December to April. While the Ripley Creek operation at Last Frontier Heliskiing closes during the summer, Bell 2 Lodge stays open and continues to serve travellers along the Stewart Cassiar Highway, some 300 kilometers North of … Continue reading

Heliski Lodge Food – Interview with Head Chef Toivo Heyduck

If there’s one thing heliskiers are looking for after a big day in the mountains (besides a post-ski celebratory libation, of course), it’s good food. Properly refueling the body is of utmost nutritional importance after skiing. Long days spent in … Continue reading

Our Helicopter of Choice – The A-Star 350

A major part of the heliskiing experience depends on the helicopter. Consequently, various heliskiing operations use different machines. Some larger, some smaller, as it depends on the company. Some use the immense and in-charge Mil Mi-8, an extremely powerful Russian … Continue reading

2016 Heliskiing Season Recap: It’s a Wrap!

And so we close the books on the 2016 ski season at Last Frontier Heliskiing. It’s been a good one this year. Lots of epic days, lots of snow, some new descents in the far reaches of our tenure and … Continue reading

Julia Dujmovits – An Olympic Gold Medallist Visits Ripley Creek

Our northern location tends to attract some pretty interesting people. This past March was no different when Austrian professional snowboarder Julia Dujmovits, Olympic Gold Medalist in Women’s Parallel Slalom at the Sochi Winter Games, came for a week of riding … Continue reading

There and Back Again – A Radio Operators Vacation

Even Radio Operators at Last Frontier Heliskiing need days off. What do we do during our free time? Well, it depends. Some head to Smithers and/or Terrace, spending time partying and relaxing. Perhaps go to yoga or the ski hill, keeping their … Continue reading

Heliboarding at Last Frontier: Mark McMorris & Co test the goods while filming for In Motion

I love deep snow. And experiencing deep snow on skis is pretty much what every skier lives for. But there’s something special about watching a snowboarder in a wide open bowl, ripping massive turns in powder. The first time I … Continue reading

Late Season Skiing – A Conditions Report for April 2016

When people find out I work for a heliskiing company, they often ask what month is the best for skiing. I’ve always struggled answering that question. Each month of the season has something special about it.  December is always exciting … Continue reading

Add a Touch of Luxury to Your Ski Vacation…With a Helicopter

Ski vacations come in many forms. There’s the short respite from everyday life with a day at your local hill. There’s the weekend getaway, without the kids. Maybe you’re staying in a chalet or a log cabin, enjoying the fruits of … Continue reading

Interview with Ripley Creek Operations Manager Andre Ike

As one of Last Frontier Heliskiing’s longest serving heliski guides, Andre Ike knows the Ripley Creek tenure like the back of his own hand. Ripley Creek is one of the two heliski lodges operated by Last Frontier Heliskiing in Northern BC, … Continue reading

Bell 2 Lodge – From a Gas Station to a Heliski Village

When you look on a map of Northern BC, tucked into the Skeena Mountains at the confluence of the Bell and Irving Rivers sits a little dot along the Stewart-Cassiar Highway called Bell 2. Built in 1978 as a fuel/supply … Continue reading