April Heliskiing Conditions Update

April 11, 2018 D'Arcy McLeish
Yes, this was a few days ago. Photo - Dani Serra
Yes, this was a few days ago.
Photo – Dani Serra

We’re just about ready to finish what has been a great season at Last Frontier Heliskiing. With just a few days left of operations, our guests and guides have been skiing their faces off. We’ve averaged only half down day per week all year, which has been great. But April is almost always one of the real treats of the year. 

Dropping! Photo - Andre Ike
Always time for a little sightseeing on the way down. 
Photo – Andre Ike

April is probably our favourite month. It’s warm in the valley (not uncommon to go from ski boots to flip flops at the end of your day), the days are long, the sun is shining and we usually have that fantastic mix of blower pow up high and spring corn down low. April is when the massive vertical drop of the Coast Mountains really shines. We ski big days, too, with lots of vertical and happily tired legs at the end of the day. There’s nothing like kicking back on the deck at Ripley Creek and taking in the view while wearing a t-shirt and knocking back a cold one under a warm, Northern BC sun.

BLOWER. Photo - Dani Serra
BLOWER.
Photo – Dani Serra

This April has been great. We had a boatload of snow early in the month with some of the best skiing of the season in Ripley Creek. We’re talking blower pow for days. On the 5th, our lead guide at Ripley Creek, Andre Ike, who’s had his eye on a 4km, 1500 vertical metre run in the Surprise Creek Area for 10 years, finally managed to take a group and put down a first descent. It was 40cm of blower pow, right to the bottom. They dubbed the run, Wild Bill.

Giant mountains. Photo - Mike Watling
Giant mountains.
Photo – Mike Watling

The next day was even better, with another 15cm of dry snow over night and deep turns all day long. It was a little more like mid January than April! Bell 2 saw much of the same, with some absolutely epic days of skiing in the first week of the month, consistent snowfall and big days.

More please. Photo - Dani Serra
More please.
Photo – Dani Serra

April almost always delivers. We’ve had some warmer temps this week, but with some more precip on the way, they might be in for an amazing finish to the season. Spring time is the best time, and we’ve enjoyed having a full roster the last two weeks. Summer is around the corner, so get your bike shined up and your flip flops ready…Or book yourself into a 2019 heliski trip 😉