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
  • 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.
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!“
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.”
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.”
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.”
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."
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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Head Office in Canada, Vernon

PO Box 1237, Vernon,
BC V1T 6N6 CANADA

Global Representatives

Argentina

Ignacio Bustamante

[email protected]

02944 608603

Australia & New Zealand

Brett Kennedy

[email protected]

+61 (0) 405 363 383

Belgium

Philip Dalemans

[email protected]

+32 495 303 303

Denmark

Michiel de Ruijter

[email protected]

Italy
Blade Runner Adventures

Sergio Camolese

[email protected]

+39 335 608 3800

Japan
Japanada

Jun Yanagisawa

[email protected]

+1 604 932 2685 (Based in Whistler)

Netherlands
Epique - Mountain Adventures

Michiel de Ruijter

[email protected]

+31 (0) 30 88 99 011

Poland

VIP Travel

Aleksander Ferchmin

[email protected]

48 608 554424

Sweden
X-Travel

Patrick Laken

[email protected]

+46 (0)8 333 669

United Kingdom
Elemental Adventure

James Morland

[email protected]

UK: +44 (0) 203 059 8787

France: +33 620 43 65 88

USA

Ann Cook

[email protected]

541-550-8924

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.

Bell 2 Lodge/Last Frontier Heliskiing Ltd. is currently looking for an individual to fill the Junior Sous Chef position. Please note this position requires a commitment from now until mid April, which includes our Heliskiing season. The Junior Sous Chef is responsible for assisting the Head Chef and Sous Chef in all aspects of running the kitchen, including menu planning, staff development and training, inventory, and ordering. The highest quality of cuisine, guest satisfaction, and cost efficiency must be always maintained to the utmost standards. A solid work ethic, positive attitude and flexible approach are essential for success in this position. Reporting to the Head Chef, tasks are but not limited to:

  • Menu planning in collaboration with Head Chef and Sous Chef
  • Ensure consistent food preparation and presentation of the highest caliber for all meals for up to 80 people
    a day
  • Menu execution includes sandwiches, soup, and baked goods for the cafe.
  • Preparing staff meals
  • Dishwashing & kitchen cleaning
  • Reception and organization of food delivery
  • Experience with ordering and inventory of food products for a cost-effective operation
  • Ability to cater to all guest allergies and dietary restrictions with in-depth product knowledge
  • Demonstrate excellent time management, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Use passion and creativity for menu creation to showcase consistently vibrant and exciting dishes
  • Ability to communicate effectively with guests, management, and co-workers.
  • A friendly personality with a genuine desire to help and please others.
  • A professional manner and a positive approach to hectic situations with a great attention to detail.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies

  • Must have early morning personality.
  • Must have 3 years experience in a similar role.
  • Must have Food Safe.
  • Ability to do some heavy lifting.
  • Previous experience working in a remote camp environment is an asset
  • All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Canada

Please submit your application to: [email protected]

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Bell 2 Lodge/Last Frontier Heliskiing is currently looking for an individual to fill the Line Cook/Breakfast Cook position. Please note this position requires a commitment from now until mid April, which includes our Heliski season. Reporting to the Chef, tasks are but not limited to:

The Line Cook is reporting to the Head Chef. As a Line Cook, you prepare and execute the menu for guests and staff ensuring the highest quality, guest satisfaction and profitability. The Line Cook is responsible for the daily preparation of food items such as gourmet sandwiches and freshly baked goods for pantry and coffee shop.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies:

  • Must have early morning personality.
  • Must have 3 years experience in a kitchen.
  • Must have Food Safe
  • Ability to communicate effectively with guests, management, and co-workers.
  • A friendly personality with a genuine desire to help and please others.
  • Ability to do some heavy lifting.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • Good understanding of food cost.
  • A professional manner and a positive approach to hectic situations.
  • A Passion for the outdoors is an asset.
  • Must have current work visa or be a Canadian permanent resident.

Accommodation and meals are provided for all employees. Shifts are three weeks on and one week off working ten-hour days. Transfers to and from Terrace on weeks out are available. Given our remote location all communications are via satellite phone and 3 hours of basic internet is provided. With its proximity to the mountains, lakes and rivers, Bell 2 Lodge is an exciting place for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the entire year.

Sorry we cannot accommodate your furry friends. If you have a passion for the outdoors, happy to put a smile on people’s faces and contribute positively to a team we look forward to hearing from you.

Please submit your application to: [email protected]

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Bell 2 Lodge/Last Frontier Heliskiing is currently seeking an enthusiastic individual to fill a 6-month position with a potential for full-time, year-round position on our Maintenance Team. Bell 2 Lodge operates as Last Frontier Heli-Skiing during the winter season and as a hotel during the spring, summer and fall months.

Working as a Maintenance Laborer in a remote location offers the opportunity to learn a vast number of new skills. The right candidate will be expected to dive in and help tackle any task that needs completing.

Responsibilities and Duties [required by not limited to]:

  • Perform labor support as needed
  • Perform set-up and cleanup tasks
  • Lift heavy loads up to 70 lbs
  • Operate heavy machinery
  • Waste management

Skills [not all are required but recommended if you have a willingness to learn]:

  • Team oriented and interested in expanding skill set
  • Experience in one or more trades
  • Experience operating basic power tools and heavy equipment
  • Experience in landscaping and snow removal
  • Data collection skills
  • Energetic and able to work in a team setting and individually
  • First aid certificate
  • Flexibility and positive attitude

Accommodation and meals are provided for all employees. Shifts are three weeks on and one week off working ten-hour days. Transfers to and from Terrace or Smithers on weeks out are available. Given our remote location all communications are via-satellite phone and 3 hours of basic internet is provided. With its proximity to the mountains, lakes and rivers, Bell 2 Lodge is an exciting place for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the entire year. If you have a passion for the outdoors, happy to put a smile on people’s faces and contribute positively to a team we look forward to hearing from you.

** Please note we are unable to accommodate any pets onsite **

Please submit your application to: [email protected]

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Bell 2 Lodge/Last Frontier Heliskiing is currently seeking an enthusiastic individual to fill a full-time, year-round position on our Maintenance Team. Bell 2 Lodge operates as Last Frontier Heli-Skiing during the winter season and as a hotel during the spring, summer and fall months.

Working as a Maintenance Member in a remote location requires troubleshooting on the spot and making crucial decisions in times of action. Reporting to the Maintenance Manager, the right candidate will be expected to maintain and repair the infrastructures of the lodge with a focus on mechanical and electrical skills. Day to day tasks can include a wide array of duties outside of the mechanical/electrical scope.

Skills [not all are required but recommended if you have a willingness to learn]:

Team oriented and interested in expanding skill set

  • Experience in one or more trades
  • Experience with generators up to 180 kVA
  • Experience operating basic power tools and heavy equipment
  • Experience in landscaping and snow removal
  • Experience in waste management
  • Ability to repair and maintain motor vehicles and small engines
  • Experience in small water systems and small wastewater systems
  • Data collection skills
  • Energetic and able to work in a team setting and individually
  • Being physically fit and able to lift at least 50 lbs
  • First aid certificate
  • Flexibility and positive attitude

Accommodation and meals are provided for all employees. Shifts are three weeks on and one week off working ten-hour days. Transfers to and from Terrace on weeks out are available. Given our remote location all communications are via satellite phone and 3 hours of basic internet is provided. With its proximity to the mountains, lakes and rivers, Bell 2 Lodge is an exciting place for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the entire year. If you have a passion for the outdoors, happy to put a smile on people’s faces and contribute positively to a team we look forward to hearing from you.

Please submit your application to: [email protected]

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Job Description
We are currently seeking a motivated, efficient and organised individual to fill the seasonal role of Transfer Coordinator & Radio Dispatch. The Transfer Coordinator/Radio Dispatcher is a dynamic and demanding position that requires a high level of organization and the ability to perform well under pressure. The Coordinator is the direct contact between the Lodge, Vernon Head Office, transportation suppliers, local concierge and guests, for all transfers to and from the Lodge. This involves creating manifests, tracking domestic flights, and booking appropriate vehicle transportation, as well as troubleshooting any unforeseen challenges as they occur. The Transfer Coordinator is combined with the Radio Dispatcher position which involves communicating with the helicopters, while tracking and recording all movements of machines, associated vehicles and skiers. The Radio Dispatcher is also often the first point of communication in the event of an emergency and will be responsible for all radio communications in an emergency response situation.

The ideal candidate is consistently systematic, structured and able to understand and interpret detailed and complex information, with exceptional attention to detail. Being service minded and an outgoing personality are helpful attributes to be successful throughout your busy shift. This high stress and critical position requires a confident person who can think quickly on their feet and make informed decisions with a sense of urgency. In this position, it is critical to have highly effective problem-solving skills, ability to take control of a situation, and delegate tasks when necessary.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies

  • Able to communicate effectively and clearly with clients, management, supplies and co-workers using a variety of communication channels
  • Proficient with computers and Microsoft Office Suite, with emphasis on Excel (intermediate knowledge required)
  • Posses strong logistical skills and approach challenges in a logical manner
  • A friendly personality and genuine desire to help and please others
  • Ability to think clearly and make quick decisions under pressure
  • A professional manner and calm, rational approach in hectic situations
  • Able to keep calm and collected in the event of an Emergency
  • Self-motivated and energetic with a ‘can do’ mentality
  • Be able to sit for long periods of time during the day
  • Patient and excellent interpersonal skills, especially when dealing with speakers of other languages
  • Ability to balance guest and business priorities
  • Ability to prioritize and effectively manage a large, varied workload
  • Fast learner with ability to identify tasks and areas for improvement
  • Confidence to work autonomously with minimum guidance, and as apart of a team
  • Passion for skiing and the outdoors is an asset
  • Ability to speak other languages is an asset
  • Previous experience based in a remote lodge / camp environment is an asset
  • Radio Operators Licence (Aviation) and/or previous radio experience is an asset

Requirements

  • Proficient in English both spoken and written
  • Valid Work Permit [for international applicants]
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel and Office Suite
  • Previous experience in a guest service role required
  • Proven ability to respond effectively to changing demands in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to multi-task, and a strict attention to detail
  • Practical thinker with solutions focused personality and creative problem-solving skills
  • A flexible approach and positive attitude at all times
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Job Duties:
The Ski Guide is responsible for his or her helicopter group within a 3-group ski program. This position involves supporting the Lead Guide to ensure that the ski program flows as planned to ensure a safe, enjoyable skiing experience for the guests.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe and enjoyable day of heliskiing for Last Frontier Guests
  • Assist with the lead guides plan and execute the days skiing program for the assigned helicopter.
  • Follow the lead guides run choice at all times, whenever practical.
  • Ensure run list is adhered to as per Last Frontier Heliskiing policy.
  • Load Lunch and water on board helicopter for the day
  • Attend and participate at all guide meetings.
  • Actively participate with down day activities.
  • Assist with vertical reports and flight time entries.
  • Ensure season profiles and snow safety records are up to date
  • Prepare weather briefings on a rotation basis.
  • Ensure all assigned tasks are completed.
  • Help brief guests with beacons and helicopters.
  • Assist in ski shop when required
  • Assist in transporting luggage etc. on transfer days.
  • Adhere to Last Frontier Heliskiing risk management protocols
  • Adhere to Last Frontier Heliskiing wildlife mitigation policies
  • Dine with Guests during dinner time

Terms of Employment:
This position will commence on the 26th of December 2021 and terminates on the 15th of April. This position is seasonal to the winter ski season only.

Language:
Successful candidates will be required to be fluent in English, proficiency in German is preferred.

Wage:
Wage for this position is paid at an hourly rate of $47.50 based on a 8 hour workday. Travel expenses are also included and are determined via the location of the applicant.

Benefits:
Health Benefits are available for full time winter employees.

Location of work:
Last Frontier operates out of 2 locations in Northern British Columbia. Ripley Creek operates out of Stewart, BC and Bell2 Lodge operates approx. 360km’s North of Terrace on highway 37A.

Contact information:
Interested applicants will direct all Resumes to:

Cliff Umpleby, Director of Operations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-250-898-3091

Skills Required:

  • Applicants must be certified through one of the following associations:
    – Ski / Mountain Guide – Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
    – Ski Guide – Canadian Ski Guide Association
    – Mountain Guide – International Federation of Mountain Guides Association
  • Successful applicants will have experience leading clients in remote wilderness environments in a ski guiding setting either mechanized or otherwise.
    Due to the high number of international guests Last Frontier receives, German proficiency is preferred.

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

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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Environment

Environmental Stewardship

We depend on the pristeness of the wilderness in order to do what we do. Naturally we are therefore keen to protect it. There are multiple tiers to this stewardship and below are just a few examples of the areas in which we concentrate our efforts. We work together with government, industry best practices and our First Nation Neighbours.

Wildlife

Whilst most of the helicopter time is spent taking skiers out on their next adventure, guides are also constantly monitoring the locations and quantity of various animal species. Mountain goats are prevalent and some of the biggest herds in the world are to be found within our ski area. The animal movements are plotted and reported to government biologists providing them with critical information used to protect the herds. Without us flying this information would either simply not be available or it would have to be gathered by flying there anyhow. In areas of dense population, flight exclusion zones have been developed. The goat mitigation strategy is part of our program on a daily basis. Similar lengths are taken for the wolverine populations and any grizzly bears.

Fuel

Operating helicopters is not a positive carbon footprint headline. However, the way we store and handle the fuel is. While some of our fuel is stored in locations that are considered more environmentally sensitive than others, we consider all storage locations to be equally important. Double walled enviro tanks are utilized with anti-syphon valves to prevent spillage or leaks. Most fuel that is unused at the end of every ski season is removed from the tanks to further eliminate any risk of contamination in the off-season. All our fuelling locations are inspected and serviced on a regular basis, both on and off season.

Waste

Not only do we operate in an economically responsible manner but we also try to produce as little waste as possible. We have a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant which requires the use of only gentle detergents and little or no bleach. Any leftover food scraps are fed to the staff so they can be fattened up for slaughter in the spring. … actually they go into a giant composting machine and are used as fertilizer for our summer veggie and herb gardens. We take every opportunity to recycle in any way we can.

Heat & Energy

We are off the grid and despite the fact that a large electricity line runs within kilometres of the lodge, the powers that be (no pun intended) have made it cost prohibitive for us to connect to it. We desperately hope that this will change so we can remove our dependence on diesel. To date the government offers no assistance or subsidy to help make this shift. We lobby regularly. Excess energy not consumed for the core running of the lodge is used to supplement the heating of outbuildings in the winter. The main source of heat for us is wood – a renewable resource.

The Big Environmental Picture:

Our guests visit a very special part of our planet. It’s a place where, while there is very little there, a great richness exists. A richness, a rawness and a sheer beauty that leaves people in awe. It affects them immediately, but the effect lingers and lasts. We believe it endures and influences the way they make decisions in their everyday worlds, and that is with an eye on preserving places like this. We don’t just believe this, in fact we know it and we know it because our best customers who have been feeling it for years have told us so.

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