Heli Skiing in BC, Canada, is the ultimate ski and snowboard experience the world has to offer. There is a reason that the majority of the world's heli ski operators are located in British Columbia. The vast wilderness and huge mountainous terrain that is mostly untouched by human development lends itself perfectly to skiing and snowboarding. All that amazing terrain with a latitude and longitude that results in a lot of snow each winter, and fantastic ski and snowboard conditions.
One of the challenges can be with access to some of the remote heli ski lodges. Heliskiers travel to BC from all around the world each winter to treat themselves to an epic ski holiday. There is a decided advantage to some lodges over others, simply with geographic location and proximity to an airport. Most people coming from abroad to ski and snowboard fly into Vancouver or Calgary and commute from there, leading to a potential arduous journey once on the ground in Canada. It might come as a surprise to hear that some of the lodges that are most remote, can be the easiest to access. Take Northern Escape Heli Skiing in Terrace, BC, as an example. The lodge is one of the furthest north in BC, located only a stones throw from the Alaskan panhandle, but with a regional airport conveniently located, is very easy to access. There are daily flights to Vancouver International airport from all over the world, then connect on a flight directly to Terrace where Northern Escape's staff pick you up for an easy 25 minute drive to the lodge.
Upon arrival, all the comforts needed for the ski trip of a lifetime are provided. Five star meals at a remote mountain lodge on the banks of the Skeena river, with a Koala or A-Star Helicopter waiting to take eager heli skiers and heli boarders to the mountain peaks every morning and go all day, or until your legs can't take it anymore. The Koala is a top of the line helicopter for heli skiing that holds six guests plus pilot and guide while the A-Star helicopter is smaller, only seating four plus guide and pilot. Another popular machine in the heli ski industry is a larger 212 helicopter that hold twelve guests.
The concept of skiing and snowboarding in small groups is considered to be advantageous in many ways. Small groups allow you to move easier through each run with less waiting and fewer tracks. Additionaly, it allows ski guides the ability to select different terrain options and cater to the ability levels of the smaller groups.
Further consideration when selecting an operation is the terrain, plus consistency, quality, and sheer volume of snowfall. Northern Escape is located close to the Pacific Ocean and with it's northern latitude, the moist coastal air is cooled by the arctic air mass, which brings in massive snowfall every year. If deep powder is on your hit list, it is the place to check out. They also offer a Cat Skiing backup program for incremental weather to ensure you ski a full day everyday. Have your cake and eat it too!
No matter how you slice it, British Columbia offers a great heli skiing and heli boarding product. Amazing terrain and conditions ensure many happy guests visit the province each winter. Look at the options, ask the questions and find the destination that suits your needs the best. It's time to get out there and do it!
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