Yearly Archives: 2016

December Ski Conditions Update

Although the season has just started, it’s been epic so far. Skiing in December is always a special time of the year as it’s quiet and cold. However, in many ways it’s the most exciting time of the year. Runs … Continue reading

Managing Risk in a Group Setting

Every time we go into the backcountry we face some form of risk. Managing our own personal risk is one thing, however, (notwithstanding being with a certified ski guide) managing your own personal risk in a group is where things … Continue reading

Drawn to the Dawn Patrol

The alarm chimes on my phone, but the duvet counters with reassuring comfort. I take a deep breath and remember the reason for the ridiculously early start. I clamor out of bed and into my thermals. Pouring coffee into my … Continue reading

A Rocky Mountain Christmas Story – From a Staffer at Last Frontier Heliskiing

Christmas isn’t meant to be spent indoors. As with all holidays, it’s meant to be an adventure. The following is a Christmas spent in the mountains of Canada by a staff member at Last Frontier Heliskiing.

December 2016 News

NEW: PRE-SEASON SETUP Guide Training Recap From Dec 10 until Dec 16, 19 guides, 5 pilots and 4 engineers, 6 chefs, and a whole host of support staff participated in our annual pre-season training. It an important time where skills … Continue reading

Last Frontier Heliskiing Ski Guide Training

We are well into our first week of operations here at Last Frontier Heliskiing and things look very promising this year. With a solid base of 200cm at 1500m and over 60cm of snow that’s fallen since Friday, our current … Continue reading

Understanding the Avalanche Danger Scale

As much fun as skiing untracked powder snow can be, it can also be very dangerous. During the Mountain War of 1915-18, there probably wasn’t much skiing going on around the front line between the opposing Austrian and Italian armies. … Continue reading

Christmas at Last Frontier Heliskiing

Christmas is an exciting time of the year. Not only is it usually spent with friends and family, but it’s time to start skiing again. Some of the best skiing can be had in December. Sure, the snow pack is … Continue reading

Gifts for the Skier in the Family

Time is starting to run out for you to get your Christmas shopping sorted. But fear not, ’cause if you’re buying for a skier, here are a bunch of great ideas, all of which will generate smiles, gratitude and love, … Continue reading

Tips for Skiing in Extreme Cold

Coastal British Columbia has a great reputation for rarely getting too cold to ski. While we do get the odd flow of arctic air rushing across the province (like last week), it never really stays that cold. But when the … Continue reading

Why I Ski – A Staffer’s Story at Last Frontier Heliskiing

There are occasions in life we never forget. We always remember the big moments, such as learning to ride a bicycle or catching the first fish. These are events that shape our lives and define our character. Some “firsts” are … Continue reading

Going Beyond the Ski Area Boundary

It can be difficult to resist leaving the ski area boundary. Think of a powder day. The hill is tracked out, crowded and you’re cruising around with your buddies when you see, beyond those ski area boundary signs, vast fields … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

To Listen or Not to Listen – Music While Skiing

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. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading