Ripley Creek January Photo Adventure

February 23, 2016 Last Frontier Heliskiing

Every Autumn the marketing team at Last Frontier Heliskiing put their heads together to come up with a plan for capturing new photo content. For 2016, we decided to put together a team made up of local photographer Geoff Holman and his crew of skiers consisting of John Holman, Todd Avison and Adam Benson. The goal was to capture what it feels like to ski and stay at Ripley Creek for a week in January. These guys traveled 1,400 km by truck from Kelowna to Stewart, BCSteve Rosset who heads up our Media & Marketing joined the mission as well.

Heli Skiing On The Alaskan Frontier
High Five’s on top of the world. | Photo: Steve Rosset

As is the case with all of our heli skiing media trips, we schedule them considerably in advance. We don’t select the best weeks simply because any week during our season has the potential to be incredible. A very persistent snowstorm [over 80 cm in the alpine in a few days] and warmer temps kept us grounded for a few days. This is a rare occurrence as we average just under one down day per week during our heliski season, which runs from mid-December to mid-April.

Stewart Snowstorm
Snowstorm in Stewart | Photo: Steve Rosset

The team did a great job capturing the unique character and feel of Stewart, BC. This is where we base our Ripley Creek operation and it has a decidedly frontier town kind of feel. Just a short walk from the Alaskan border, Stewart is blessed with stunning mountains that rise majestically from the Portland Canal. Ripley Creek lodging is based right in town and consists of a series of character buildings that house guest rooms, dining/bar area, ski shop and a guides office. Making the most of their time, the photo crew got creative with their down day activities [see below].

Truck Ski Tow In Stewart | Photo: Steve Rosset
Truck ski tow in Stewart | Photo: Steve Rosset

When the weather cleared it was time to go after the old growth tree skiing Ripley Creek is known for. On this trip high avalanche hazard made it too treacherous to ski the big alpine terrain, but we found some great skiing in the perfectly spaced trees of Surprise Creek.

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Old growth trees are perfectly spaced. | Photo: Steve Rosset

As you can see from some of the photos, the team had a blast setting up lifestyle shots with the historical buildings that are scattered throughout Stewart. One day we crossed over to Hyder, AK to partake in the “getting Hyderized” ritual. More on what that’s all about [here].

Hyderized In Alaska
Getting hyderized in Alaska. | Photo: Steve Rosset

After a week of documenting Stewart, our Ripley Creek lodging setup and old growth tree skiing in Surprise Creek, it was quite clear the boys were itching to come back up to experience the massive alpine terrain. For now, we will leave you with some more teaser shots from Steve. Geoff’s material will be released in the late fall of 2016.

Heli Drop In The Coast Mountains
Bluebird heli drop. | Photo: Steve Rosset
Glade Tree Skiing
Skiing open glades in Surprise Creek. | Photo: Steve Rosset
Old Buildings In Stewart, Bc
Having fun with old buildings in Stewart. | Photo: Steve Rosset
Portland Canal Heli Skiing
Heli flying over the Portland Canal. | Photo: Steve Rosset
Stewart, Bc Dock
On the dock in Stewart. | Photo: Steve Rosset
Getting Air In The Trees
Playing in the forest. | Photo: Steve Rosset
The Portland Canal In Stewart. | Photo: Steve Rosset
The Portland Canal in Stewart. | Photo: Steve Rosset
Stewart, Bc Main Street Mountains
Stewart with imposing mountains all around. | Photo: Steve Rosset