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.
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.”
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.”
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."
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”
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!”
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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!“
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.”
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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.

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 work@lastfrontierheli.com

Bell 2 Lodge services 36 winter guests each week and the team typically consist of:

  • Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Breakfast Cook
  • Baker
  • Dishwasher
  • House Staff (Cleaning)
  • Front Desk / Coffee shop x 2
  • Maintenance Manager + 2
  • Massage (winter only) x 2
  • Bartender (winter only)
  • Lodge Manager Waitresses / waiters x 2
  • Guides – run by Ops Manager (winter only)
  • Pilots – run by Ops Manager (winter only)
  • Ski Shop – run by Ops Manager (winter only)

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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We are seeking an experienced Breakfast and Pastry Chef for the busy upcoming winter season in our Ripley Creek Lodge team. The Breakfast Chef is to prepare and execute a full breakfast buffet consisting of both hot and cold dishes, while maintaining the highest quality of cuisine, guest satisfaction, and cost efficiency. This position reports directly to the Head Chef and works largely independently during their shift. The Breakfast Chef also has the responsibility of overseeing packed lunch preparations, preparing fresh bread and pastries regularly, and rotating of all breakfast food inventory and recording order items while maintaining food safe practices. Punctuality and self-motivation are key drivers to success in this position.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies

  • Ensure consistent food preparation and presentation of the highest caliber for a breakfast for up to sixty people a day
  • Create and execute a rotating breakfast menu comprised of cereals, fresh breads/pastries, meat plates, cheese plates, fruits and hot breakfast items with proteins and starches
  • Plan and execute regular rotation and production of fresh baked goods for all meals to include pastries, breads and snack bars
  • 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 adapt quickly and respond to ever-changing demands in a positive manner while under pressure
  • Ability to thrive in a diverse environment with a key focus on guest satisfaction
  • Demonstrate excellent time management, communication, and interpersonal skills during work
  • Use passion and creativity for menu creation to showcase consistently vibrant and exciting dishes

Requirements

  • Minimum 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
  • Passion for working with people and 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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