2019 Pre-Season Heliski Weather Recap

December 11, 2018 Steve Rosset

December 22nd, marks the official start of Last Frontier Heliskiing’s 24th season. We have been busy working on pre-season heliski preparations and you can read about some of the new developments via our Fall 2018 update.

Photos: Bell 2 Lodge buried with 40cm+ of fresh snow. December 11, 2018 [Elevation: 550m – 59cm snowbase] | 📷 Peter Bridgeman


We’ve just received an update on current snowpack and weather conditions via Cliff Umpleby, our Director of Operations. After a bit of a drought in November, winter has arrived with full force. Since December 8, 59 cm of fresh snow fell at the Ministry of Transportation’s Snowbank weather plot not far from Bell 2 Lodge. Further down South [home to Ripley Creek], we received 66 cm of fresh at Windy Point. Our settled snowpack currently ranges from 114 cm to 131 cm at 1,000 m in elevation, rising to 238 cm at 1,500 m in elevation at the Burcejack weather plot. Up to 46 cm of snow settled in the past 24 hours in our alpine areas.

Photos: [Left] Winter driving conditions in effect, [Right] Digging out at Bell 2 Lodge… | 📷 Peter Bridgeman


The weather outlook calls for continued storm fronts tracking along the Pacific Northwest. We anticipate another 45 to 55 cm of fresh snow near Bell 2 Lodge and up to 100 cm near Stewart [Ripley Creek] in the next week. Freezing levels are looking to stay favorable and this bodes well for our first heliski guests arriving on December 21. See Environment Canada for the full forecast.

Photos: [Left] Pacific storm front approaching, [Right] December 10th at Bell 2 Lodge. | 📷 Peter Bridgeman


Looking ahead, Last Frontier’s annual guide training takes place from December 16 to 21st. This will be our first chance to get out into our heli skiing skiing terrain and assess the snowpack and conditions. Stay tuned for field reports around December 21. If you’re still thinking about joining us for the 2019 season, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to see what’s still available.