About Us

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.

The Crew

The Backgrounder Series

The History

  • Initial Exploration & Feasibility
    1994

    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.

  • First Descents
    1996

    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.

  • The Birth of a Heliski Village
    1997-2003

    A full re-construction is started to transform Bell 2 Lodge into a heliski village.

  • A Second Home
    2005

    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.

  • Safety Innovation
    2008

    Last Frontier becomes one of the first operators in the heliski industry to adopt the use of mandatory avalanche airbags for all guests.

  • Expansion
    2010

    A third helicopter is added at Bell 2 Lodge, enabling more flexibility for private groups. Capacity rises to 35 guests.

  • Rejuvenation
    2013

    Renovations are completed to modernize common facilities at Bell 2 Lodge. The dining room and lobby/gift shop see a big face lift.

  • The Beginning of a New Chapter
    2014

    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.

  • A Milestone
    2015

    Last Frontier Heliskiing celebrates it’s 20th birthday.

  • Smaller groups of four
    2017

    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.

  • Makeover
    2017

    Bar, entertainment area and media room see a full renovation at Bell 2 Lodge. The bar at Ripley Creek also gets a facelift.

The people

A few of the key people that keep our operation humming along are listed below. Visit our safety page for additional guide & pilot profiles.

  • Mike Watling
    Managing Partner / Owner
  • Cliff Umpleby
    Director of Operations & Lead Guide
  • Steve Rosset
    Director of Media & Marketing
  • Jordan Grasby
    Lead Sales
  • Natalie Ovens
    Sales / Reservations and Head Office Manager
  • Elaine Childs
    Reservations
  • Maggie Van Der Meulen
    Financial Controller

Word of mouth

Don’t take our word for it. See what our guests have to say about their experiences at Last Frontier.
Andreas Leu Guest - Switzerland
“The week of heli skiing in Stewart was the best I've had in my life. Thank you for the amazing time!”
Jeff Thomas Filmmaker/Director
"Growing up on the South Coast of BC I have been lucky enough to ski and film in a lot of great terrain but during our visit to Last Frontier it showed me that the Mecca for skiing is in Northern BC."
Mark Mislin Guest - Switzerland
“The Ripley Creek guide team is fantastic, lots of fun and provides freedom without neglecting the safety or skills of the riders.”
Grant Gunderson Renowned Sports Photographer
“Last Frontier not only has some amazing tree skiing, but also has some of the most scenic glaciated runs I've ever skied”
Kevin Zadel Guest - California
“Knowing and trusting that Last Frontier’s experienced guides are trying as hard as they can to find the best available snow and challenging descents to the extent that it is safe - that keeps me coming back.”
Bill Bradstreet Guest - Florida
“I love the small groups. 210,000 vertical feet of fun in 7 days! Runs perfect for snowboarders including a "first descent" that they named for me - Wild Bill!“
Nicolas Mueller Pro Snowboarder
“Five days in paradise, it was a bummer we only had five…Some of the best heli boarding in the world!”
Mikkel Bang Pro Snowboarder
“Beautiful mountains and great terrain - perfect for heli boarding. Good variety of rolls, jumps and steeps! The whole package was great – food, service and staff.”
Chris Rubens Pro Skier
“It might be a little off the beaten track but sometimes you have to go a little further to find some of the best skiing in the world.”
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Contact Us

For existing bookings, please contact our head office. For new booking enquiries, try starting with our trip builder here.

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Global Representatives

Argentina

Ignacio Bustamante

ignacio@lastfrontierheli.com

02944 608603

Australia & New Zealand

Brett Kennedy

brett@lastfrontierheli.com

+61 (0) 405 363 383

Belgium

Philip Dalemans

philip@lastfrontierheli.com

+32 495 303 303

Denmark

Michiel de Ruijter

michiel@lastfrontierheli.com

Italy
Blade Runner Adventures

Sergio Camolese

info@heliskiworld.com

+ 39 011 811 3420

Japan
Japanada

Jun Yanagisawa

info@japanada.com

+1 604 932 2685 (Based in Whistler)

Netherlands
Epique - Mountain Adventures

Michiel de Ruijter

info@epique.com

030 8899011

Poland

VIP Travel

Aleksander Ferchmin

heliskiing@vip-travel.pl

48 608 554424

Sweden
X-Travel

Patrick Laken

info@xtravel.se

+46 (0)8 333 669

United Kingdom
Elemental Adventure

James Morland

info@eaheli.com

UK: +44 (0) 203 059 8787

France: +33 620 43 65 88

Join Our Team

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 seeking experienced front of house superstars to join the team at our Ripley Creek location for the upcoming winter ski season.

As a small heliski lodge community in a remote, close-knit environment, our front of house team will work closely together to ensure the best possible fine dining experience for our guests. Tasks are varied and team members contribute to all aspects of service, from breakfast and barista duties, to our evening meal and wine service, and bartending duties including basic cocktail serving. The front of house team is also primarily responsible for all gift shop sales, including associated inventory control.

Ideal candidates will be motivated and enthusiastic team players, with an outgoing personality and hands-on approach. A positive attitude, professional work ethic and eye for detail are imperative in this varied and exciting role.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies

  • Ability to communicate effectively with guests, management and co-workers
  • A friendly, outgoing personality and genuine desire to help and please guests
  • Ability to effectively balance guest and business priorities
  • Ability to reach, bend, lift up to 25lbs and stand for extended periods of time
  • Interpersonal skills and patience when dealing with guests, particularly when their first language is not English
  • Able to effectively work independently as well as part of a team
  • An energetic, flexible approach and positive attitude at all times
  • Must have problem-solving abilities, be self-motivated and organized
  • Ability to balance work & social life, and not report for duty in an inebriated state
  • Basic administration skills and knowledge of POS systems an asset
  • Barista training and experience using espresso machine an asset
  • Ability to speak other languages is an asset
  • Passion for the outdoors is an asset
  • Cocktail making experience an asset
  • Sommelier qualification or wine knowledge an asset

Requirements

  • Excellent command of English language, verbal and written
  • Relevant Hospitality experience, preferably in a fine dining setting
  • Valid serving it right certificate (or willingness and ability to obtain)
  • Previous experience based in a remote lodge/camp environment is an asset
  • All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Canada

Salary is negotiable, depending on experience.

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We are seeking an experienced and motivated individual to fill the role of Sous Chef at our Ripley Creek location for the busy winter season. This position reports directly to the Head Chef and Lodge Manager, and will also be required to take on the role of acting Head Chef on occasion, to cover scheduled time off. The Sous Chef is responsible for assisting the Head Chef in all aspects of running the kitchen, including preparation of apres snacks and dinner service, staff development and training, inventory and ordering. The highest quality of cuisine, guest satisfaction, and cost efficiency must be maintained to the utmost standards at all times. A solid work ethic, positive attitude and flexible approach are essential for success in this position.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies

  • Ensure consistent food preparation and presentation of the highest caliber
  • Ability to respond effectively to changing demands in a high-pressure environment
  • A friendly personality with a genuine desire to help and please others
  • Ability to communicate effectively with guests, management and co-workers.
  • Experience with ordering and inventory of food products for a cost-effective operation
  • A positive attitude and flexible approach is essential
  • Possess articulate communication skills required to interact effectively with guests, management, colleagues and suppliers
  • Ability to cater to all guest allergies and dietary restrictions with in-depth product knowledge
  • Ability to thrive in a diverse environment with a key focus on guest satisfaction
  • Demonstrate excellent time management, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Use passion and creativity for menu creation to showcase consistently vibrant and exciting dishes

Requirements

  • Minimum of two years of experience in a similar role
  • Food Safe Certificate is required
  • Ability to perform heavy lifting when necessary
  • Previous experience working in a remote lodge/camp environment is an asset
  • Being physically fit and passionate for the outdoors is an asset
  • All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Canada

The salary is negotiable, depending on experience.

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We are currently looking for a motivated individual to fill the role of Prep Cook (with a focus on daily Heli Lunches) in our Ripley Creek Lodge team for the busy upcoming winter season. The Heli Lunch Cook is responsible for the daily preparation of packed lunches provided for our guests during our daily ski program. Under the direction of the Head Chef, the Heli Lunch Cook will prepare lunches according to company guidelines and procedures, whilst ensuring the highest quality, guest satisfaction and profitability. This role is also required to regularly assist with all aspects of kitchen maintenance to include following designated cleaning schedules, stock rotation, and dishwashing. The ideal candidate will be an energetic team player, with a positive attitude and proven flexible approach.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies

  • Ability to communicate effectively with guests, management and co-workers
  • A friendly personality with a genuine desire to help and please others
  • Supporting breakfast chef with basic food prep
  • Ability to do some heavy lifting
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to respond effectively to changing demands
  • A professional manner and a flexible approach to hectic situations
  • Energetic and patient, with the ability to work independently
  • Be physically fit in order to fulfill this position
  • A positive attitude and team-player mentality
  • Passion for the outdoors is an asset

Requirements

  • Minimum 1-year kitchen and/or sandwich-making experience
  • Basic understanding of a working kitchen environment
  • Previous experience based in a remote lodge/camp environment is an asset
  • All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Canada

The salary is negotiable, depending on experience.

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Use the contact form below to express your interest in working with us.

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Please use the form below to make a general employment enquiry. If you are from outside Canada, we require that you have a valid working visa in place before we are able to hire.

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