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.
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.”
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!“
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.”
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!”
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!”
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."
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.”
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”
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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

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 Massage Therapists to fill positions in both our Northern BC heliski lodge locations – Bell 2 Lodge and Ripley Creek – for the winter 2019/2020 season.

The Massage Therapist is to perform professional massage treatments to our Heliskiing guests and host a stretch class every morning. This position is also responsible for preparing all daily massage equipment and supplies, as well as pre-booking any massage requests.

The ideal candidate will be motivated, enthusiastic, professional, and comfortable working independently as well as part of a team.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies

  • Create and maintain a warm and inviting atmosphere, welcoming guests and introducing massage procedures
  • Offer professional massage treatments in accordance with accepted certification practices
  • Be flexible with your schedule to support the needs of the guests
  • Lead an approximate 45 minute stretch class every morning
  • Handle guest questions and concerns professionally, and courteously
  • Able to communicate effectively with clients, management and co-workers
  • Friendly personality and a genuine desire to help and please others
  • Able to connect, inform, and generate guests interest to ensure bookings
  • Enthusiastic and outgoing personality while maintaining a professional demeanor
  • Passion for working with people and the outdoors is an asset

Requirements

  • Previous experience in Deep Tissue and Sports Therapy required
  • Current RMT License or equivalent is an asset
  • Experience leading an independent massage practice is an asset

Salary is negotiable, depending on experience.

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We are currently seeking a motivated, efficient and organised individual to fill the seasonal role of Transfer Coordinator & Radio Dispatch, based at our Ripley Creek location – a busy heliski lodge in the remote town of Stewart, Northern BC.

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 situation
  • 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 part 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
  • 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 multitask, 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

Salary is negotiable, depending on experience.

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We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to fill the role of Head Chef at our busy Ripley Creek location for the winter 2019/20 season. This is a dynamic and demanding role that incorporates recruiting and hiring all kitchen staff as well as daily tasks including ordering, inventory control, budget regulating, staff scheduling and menu creation. The Head Chef oversees all kitchen staff, operations and management while promoting a high level of food quality, in a remote location and a high-pressure environment. The Head Chef must manage the kitchen in compliance with all health and safety regulations by ensuring adherence to sanitary and safe food handling guidelines at all times.

Preferred Skills and Core Competencies

  • Assist in recruitment, training and development of all kitchen employees
  • Ensure consistent food preparation and presentation of the highest caliber for all meals for up to eighty
    people a day
  • Accurately record all inventory and keep concise ordering on a routine and regular basis
  • Organize products to ensure appropriate rotation to maintain freshness
  • Budget and forecast food costs per meal for guests and staff
  • Able to thrive in a diverse environment with a key focus on problem solving and guest satisfaction
  • Possess articulate communication skills required to interact effectively with guests, management,
    employees, and suppliers
  • Able to adapt quickly and respond to ever changing demands in a positive manner while under pressure
  • Demonstrate excellent time management, leadership skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Use passion and creativity for menu creation to showcase consistently vibrant and exciting dishes
  • Passion for working with people and the outdoors is an asset

Requirements

  • Minimum two years of experience in a similar role
  • Red Seal certification or equivalent is an asset
  • Food Safe Certificate is required
  • Ability to perform heavy lifting when necessary
  • Previous experience working in a remote lodge/camp environment is an asset

Salary is negotiable, depending on experience.

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We are currently seeking 2-3 enthusiastic individuals to fill a full-time, temporary maintenance position at our Bell 2
Lodge location. 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 General Labourer positions will run from now until December. Duties will
include but not be limited to: painting, cleaning, sanding, light repairs, landscaping, garbage removal, etc.

  • Preferred Skills and Core Competencies:
  • Team oriented and genuine interest to learn.
  • Experience working with basic equipment and tools for grounds maintenance.
  • Any experience with other trades, such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting is an asset.
  • Energetic and patient, with the ability to work independently.
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude.
  • Being physically fit and able to lift at least 50lbs.
  • Preference will be given to those with a first aid certificate.

We provide accommodation and meals for all employees. Our shifts are three weeks on and one week off. 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. To apply, please use our web application form.

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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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