November 2017 Heliski News
THE BACKGROUNDER SERIES
Episode 3: Terrain
One of the many advantages of having the largest single heliski area in the world is that we’ve got an incredible mix of terrain. Spanning over two mountain ranges, our area encompasses everything from wide open alpine bowls, to massive glacier zones and a huge variety of tree skiing. There is something for everyone. When storm systems arrive, our easily accessible treed terrain allows us to keep skiing even in poor visibility.
MOVING PEOPLE & FUEL
Road Access in our Heliski Area
The Stewart-Cassiar Highway in Northern BC links together Bell 2 Lodge to the North and our Ripley Creek homebase in Stewart further South. This strategic 153 km road corridor has immense value for us. First, it allows us to conduct reconnaissance missions in the morning to assess weather conditions in the field. Second, the road creates staging points to re-fuel our choppers so they don’t have to fly all the way back to our lodges during the day. In essence, the road allows us to quickly and efficiently transport fuel and people throughout our area. It cuts down on waiting time and allows us to get deeper into our terrain as the helicopter can stay much closer to the groups.