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.
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.”
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.”
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!”
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”
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.”
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!”
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!“
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.”

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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Head Office in Canada, Vernon

PO Box 1237, Vernon,
BC V1T 6N6 CANADA

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.

Situated in Northern British Columbia, some 360km North of Terrace, Last Frontier Heliskiing operates two remote heliski
lodges. We are currently seeking an enthusiastic individual to fill a full-time Maintenance Manager position at our Bell 2
Lodge location. Preferred starting date: as soon as possible. We are looking for someone that would work year-round.
Bell 2 Lodge offers world class heli skiing in the winter season [mid-December to mid-April] and operates as a hotel
during the summer months.

The Maintenance Manager must be comfortable performing minor and major repairs of all building, generators, vehicles
and equipment. Thorough attention to detail, friendliness, strong communication skills and professionalism play an
important part in the services we provide to our guests.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies:

  • Able to operate a back hoe and skid steer.
  • Electrical knowledge of housing and buildings.
  • Good working knowledge of plumbing, hot tubs & boilers.
  • Carpentry & shop fitting experience.
  • Basic understanding of sewage treatment plant an asset.
  • Able to lead a team of up to 7 people.
  • Strong organization and scheduling abilities.
  • Preference will be given to those with ticketed carpentry, electrical, plumbing or mechanical skills.

We provide accommodation and meals for all employees. 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]. With its proximity to
mountains, lakes and rivers, Bell 2 Lodge is an exciting place for outdoor enthusiasts both in the winter and summer. 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. Please submit your application to: [email protected]

Remuneration for this position negotiable depending on qualifications and experience. We require someone with strong
leadership skills and expertise.

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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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