LAST FRONTIER HELISKIING, LODGE TO LODGE SAFARI
Last Frontier Heliskiing has two locations to base your heli ski trip from, and maybe the decision of committing to one or the other is just too difficult. There’s an easy solution, choose both and connect them together by linking creative heli drops with fantastically remote ski runs. There’s no sand in this safari, just plenty of deep, white powder to travel through.
This unique heli ski tour is only available for 3 groups of 5 guests in a small A-Star B2/B3 helicopter. Like all Last Frontier Heliskiing packages you’re guaranteed 100,000 feet / 30,500 vertical meters, but you’ll probably cover more total terrain than any other program out there. You basically get two world-class heli skiing locations in one incredible week of powder skiing.
Start the week with the luxury of Bell 2 Lodge and its immense selection of terrain options. Smooth glacier fields and rolling high alpine terrain. Tree runs through small, medium, and large evergreens that are spaced in whatever density you desire. Variety is the name of the game at Bell 2 and the guides know just how to find the best aspects that hold the deepest pockets of fresh snow.
The accommodations for the first four nights are in the individual log cabins at Bell 2 Lodge. Although it’s remote, it has state of the art facilities including satellite communications, and a Canada Select 4 Star rating. The luxurious chalets are linked to the central lodge and dining room by snow covered walkways so you can star gaze after a fulfilling dinner prepared by the local chef.
Midway through the week you’ll spend a day progressing steadily southward as you ski and fly to Ripley Creek over 65 kilometers away. While the terrain and weather are similar, you will notice an increase in the challenge factor that will re-energize your heli ski tour. The pitches here are a little steeper, the gullies seem to shrink into narrower channels, and the alpine runs stretch on a bit longer to add some extra burning in your quads. Keep your vision focused on the white spaces as you slice through the deep powder that fills the tree runs on the lower flanks of the mountains.
The lodging at Ripley Creek Inn is fully modernized but still holds a rustic flavor and historic charm. Your meals at the Bitter Creek Café will be some of the best memories of the trip, with a diverse menu that includes outstanding salmon and seafood from the nearby Portland Canal.
Bell 2 lodge and Ripley Creek are situated in two different mountain ranges, the Skeena’s and the Coast Mountains respectively. Although there aren’t dramatic differences, the Lodge to Lodge Safari allows you to experience a broader cross section of the Canadian wilderness. The weather patterns over the entire 2.2 million acres of Last Frontier Heliskiing tenure create excellent powder skiing conditions. The temperatures are cold but not extreme, typically ranging from -5°C to -20°C (23°F to -4°F). This results in a lot of snow falling and the average depth is around 15 feet (4 meters) with over 20 feet (6+ meters) often found at higher elevations.
This safari leaves the challenge in the mountains and not in the planning or logistics. All the ground transfers between Terrace, Stewart, and the two lodging villages are covered in the tour cost. The Powder Guides staff is here to keep the rest of your travel simple and customize your trip to exactly match your desires. We can help coordinate your flights and arrange additional activities on the days before or after your heli skiing tour.