Week 1 & 2 Heliskiing Report

December 29, 2017 D'Arcy McLeish
Silky, light snow last week at Bell 2.  Photo - Cliff Umpleby
Silky, light snow last week at Bell 2.
Photo – Cliff Umpleby

December has always been one of the best months to ski in Northern BC. At Last Frontier Heliskiing, we usually have a good month. November and early December tend to produce a lot of snow and by the time we’re ready to open, which was on December 15th this year, we’ve got a good base and there’s some good skiing to be had. Heliskiing this time of year also takes on a little holiday cheer. The skiing is good, the vibe at the lodge is chill and the first couple of weeks of operations are just plain easy to experience.

One of the coziest places to spend Christmas. Bell 2 Lodge.  Photo - Steve Rosset
One of the coziest places to spend Christmas. Bell 2 Lodge.
Photo – Steve Rosset

We’ve seen some good skiing in our first two weeks of operations.  Week 1 started of with some back to back storm days, dropping over 60cm of dry, fluffy snow throughout our tenure. We then went into a stretch of cool, crisp weather with good visibility and some great quality skiing throughout the week.

One of our guides contemplating some of the hard questions in life, like how many turns should I do? Photo - Ollie Higgs
One of our guides contemplating some of the hard questions in life, like how many turns should I do?
Photo – Ollie Higgs

That’s continued into this week, with some folks skiing up to 30,000ft of vertical in a day. The snow continues to be dry and fluffy and the guides have been able to find some great quality skiing just about every day so far. There were even some fresh turns Christmas morning. And with a little refresh on the way, things are looking good to start the new year.

Some happy campers Dec 18th, after a couple days of pow shredding.  Photo - Danielle Dunn
Some happy campers Dec 18th, after a couple days of pow shredding.
Photo – Danielle Dunn

Skiing this time of year is all about connection. It’s a little quieter in December, with fewer guests before we ramp up in the early part of the new year and Bell 2 Lodge takes on an intimate, holiday vibe. It’s full Christmas, of course, but there’s something more this time of year.  Maybe because we’re a smaller crew before things get busy, or maybe it’s the holidays or maybe because it’s the start of another ski season, our first two weeks of operation are fun, almost family affairs. Everyone is on a big high, especially when it snows and the lodge takes on this anticipation of what’s to come. And it’s always fun to spend Christmas in a cozy setting, deep in the mountains of Northern BC.

We've had some great conditions so far this month.  Photo - Cliff Umpleby
We’ve had some great conditions so far this month.
Photo – Cliff Umpleby

Be safe, and Happy Holidays!!