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!”
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!”
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.”
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”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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."
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!“

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.

We are currently looking for an individual to fill a Kitchen Floater Position. Excellent attention to detail and to following
procedures is paramount. Maintenance and cleanliness play an important part in the services we provide to our guests,
and must be maintained at the highest standards. The Kitchen Floater works in multiple areas of the kitchen, covering
Crew Cook, Sandwich/Prep and Dishwasher on their weeks off.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies:

  • Must have at least 2 years of entry level cooking experience.
  • Ability to work in different areas of the kitchen.
  • Good time management skills and ability to execute daily prep lists.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with Guests, management and co-workers.
  • A friendly personality with a genuine desire to help and please others.
  • Energetic and patient, with the ability to work independently.
  • Great organizational skills and maintain a clean work station.
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude
  • Valid working holiday visa.

We provide accommodation and meals for all our employees, and nature provides a truly wilderness location. If you are
looking for an adventure, the mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers in the area make this a unique place to be, both
winter and summer. It is however the sense of teamwork required to pull all this together that should give you the
greatest reward.

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The Ski Technician’s main responsibilities consist of assisting our guests with the selection of skis while providing friendly and knowledgeable service. The regular duties include mounting bindings, complete base waxing, fixing damage as well as general tuning to ski equipment. Although the area of focus for this position is on skis and snowboards alike, it may also require a variety of work in multiple areas of our operations.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies

  • Able to mount bindings, wax skis, and make basic repairs to skis, boots, and bindings.
  • Basic understanding of avalanche rescue equipment, including beacons and ABS bags.
  • Solution based and creative problem solving skills are required.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work efficiently unsupervised.
  • Able to multi-task and prioritize, while taking initiative.
  • Able to perform the same tasks repeatedly with satisfaction.
  • Maintain a clean and well organized ski shop and boot room.
  • Friendly and positive personality with a genuine desire to help and please others.
  • Must be approachable, dependable, and a responsible team member.
  • Experience driving a variety of vehicles in extreme winter conditions.
  • Clear and succinct radio communication required to track and record helicopter positions.
  • Organize and coordinate multiple vehicle movements with limited communication.
  • Passion for skiing and the outdoors is an asset.

Requirements:

  • Class 4 Driving License is an asset.
  • Minimum one season of ski technician experience.
  • Experience working with power tools.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs when necessary.

Salary is negotiable, depending on experience.

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Make An Application

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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