In 1996, founding partners George Rosset, Franz Fux, Mike Watling and Geoff Straight set out to explore uncharted mountain ranges in Northern BC, Canada and make first descents in what would become Last Frontier Heliskiing.
That passion for exploration and adventure lives on in our DNA. Everything we do at Last Frontier revolves around the mountains and the journey of chasing snow.
In this wild place up in the mountains, far away from four walls, routine and repetition, our family is dedicated to the craft of producing one-of-a-kind heli skiing experiences for our guests.
Bell 2 Lodge is discovered in the heart of the Skeena Mountains in Northern British Columbia. Founding partners George Rosset, Franz Fux, Mike Watling and Geoff Straight are in awe of the potential for heli skiing and began exploring the area.
Last Frontier initiates an exploratory eight week heliski season using a single A-Star helicopter based out of Bell 2 Lodge. Teton Gravity Research (TGR) take the opportunity to visit this undiscovered * part of the world. Featured in their movie Re:Session.
A full re-construction is started to transform Bell 2 Lodge into a heliski village.
Ripley Creek is born in the small community of Stewart, opposite of Hyder, Alaska. Lead guides George Feitzinger and Andre Ike explore the zone establishing a whole new heliskiing area, probing deep into the coast mountains.
Last Frontier becomes one of the first operators in the heliski industry to adopt the use of mandatory avalanche airbags for all guests.
A third helicopter is added at Bell 2 Lodge, enabling more flexibility for private groups. Capacity rises to 35 guests.
Renovations are completed to modernize common facilities at Bell 2 Lodge. The dining room and lobby/gift shop see a big face lift.
Founding partners George Rosset and Franz Fux divest of their stake in Last Frontier Heliskiing. Franz remains on as Director of Operations and George is succeeded by Mike Watling in the role of Managing Partner.
Last Frontier Heliskiing celebrates it’s 20th birthday.
Groups of 5 were great, but groups of 4 are even better. We carry more fuel in the helicopter and thus travel deeper into our massive heliski area. Now 1 guide to every four guests instead of five - also better.
Bar, entertainment area and media room see a full renovation at Bell 2 Lodge. The bar at Ripley Creek also gets a facelift.
A few of the key people that keep our operation humming along are listed below. Visit our safety page for additional guide & pilot profiles.
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PO Box 1237, Vernon,
BC V1T 6N6 CANADA
+61 (0) 405 363 383
+32 495 303 303
Michiel de Ruijtermichiel@lastfrontierheli.com
48 608 554424
Love powder and have a passion for skiing or riding? Last Frontier is always on the lookout for positive, energetic and talented people to join our team. On top of the seasonal positions at our lodges, occasionally we also have openings in our Vernon head office. Check back periodically to see the latest job opportunities.
We are currently looking for an experienced Housekeeping Supervisor to join our Bell 2 Lodge team for the remainder of the winter season. Our accommodation is not typical of a hotel, as it includes chalets with individual rooms in a remote location, completely off-grid. Our team is dedicated to making all our guests comfortable and their stay memorable.
Housekeepers provide cleaning service to all Lodge accommodations and common areas daily. Our Lodge is not typical of a hotel, as it is fully self-sustaining and includes chalets with individual rooms in a remote location. The primary role of the Housekeeping Supervisor is to supervise, train, and work alongside your staff to ensure all public areas and lodge rooms are sparkling clean and in tip-top condition. You will be expected to liaise with the lodge manager and heads of departments, attending regular meetings. The ideal candidate will be an energetic team player, with a positive attitude and proven flexible approach.
Given our remote location, all communications are via satellite. There is no cell-service at Bell 2 Lodge and the internet connection is basic [not high-speed]. In close proximity to mountains, lakes and rivers, Bell 2 Lodge is an exciting place for outdoor enthusiasts, with nature providing a true wilderness location. If you have a passion for the outdoors, are keen to put a smile on peoples’ faces and contribute positively to a team, we look forward to hearing from you.
Salary is negotiable, depending on experience.
Background: Prior to 1996, Bell 2 Lodge existed as a trading post, offering travelers heading north or south on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway basic services in the form of accommodation, meals and fuel. In 1996 Bell 2 Lodge became the home of Last Frontier Heliskiing and with that, came the development of the lodge and the surrounding chalets.
Bell 2 Lodge continues to offer lodging, meals and fuel services in the summer, and in winter, our lodge becomes a Mecca for snow pilgrims. Guests travel many hours, in most cases days to reach us at our location, way up in the northern part of British Columbia. They make the journey in order to sample some of the best powder skiing in the world. This is a costly and time-consuming investment for our guests and just like any other investment, the return they receive dictates their future loyalty. We have no control over the weather and only a little control over the snow conditions. That said both are generally very good. It is every other aspect of the experience that we must positively influence. A trip with Last Frontier Heliskiing is not about ‘uber-luxury’, the emphasis is on a high-quality ski experience. The logistics must be well calculated and executed smoothly. The food must be prepared with love, the ambiance adjusted seamlessly and most important of all, it needs to be delivered by a team of people who really care.
Reporting directly to the Managing Partner, we are looking for an individual that can oversee the leadership of the team at Bell 2 Lodge as well as the kitchen staff and office at Ripley Creek our second operation in Stewart. He / she should be capable of developing, budget for and execute major capital investments to keep the lodge and facilities in great shape. [There is no responsibility for the skiing operations as part of this position].
The ideal candidate will therefore need to have a solid background in hospitality and project management. He / she should be prepared to spend 40% – 60% of their time on-site.
The General Manager is ultimately responsible for all elements of the on-site operations of the business; safety / risk management, human resources, service, accounting & budgeting, systems, vehicles and equipment. Heliskiing operations and external marketing do not fall within the job description. You will be required to ensure that all staff are well trained on the products we offer and that guests are constantly re-assured during their visit that their choice to visit Last Frontier Heliskiing was a good one. Maintenance and preventative maintenance should be carried out on all aspects of the operation…that includes you and your staff.
The candidate could have the flexibility to take extended periods of time off during certain times of the year but would ultimately still remain responsible for the running of the lodge.
If all this sounds like a shoe that could fit your foot, please contact Mike Watling at firstname.lastname@example.org
Max capacity is about 65 people at the lodge including guests and staff.
More information about our operations: www.bell2lodge.com & www.lastfrontierheli.com
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