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World Class Heli-Skiing and Fishing On The Same Day

Heliski perfect velvety smooth spring corn-snow in the morning and fish for 15kg (50lbs) plus spring salmon in the afternoon!

If you have never tried summer heli skiing, we can assure you it's almost as much fun as heli skiing powder. As the sun comes up it softens the surface snow creating "corn" snow conditions. This is super easy to ski, like having perfect groomed runs as far as the eye can see. It's also known as "hero" snow because of how good it makes you feel to ski. Fishing for salmon fishing in the afternoon is simply the icing on the cake.

Trip Highlights

  • Fantastic bragging rights, world class heli skiing and fishing on the same day
  • Helicopter accessed corn snow slopes with up to 3,000 foot descents
  • Fish for 50lbs Spring Salmon while drifting the scenic Atnarko River
  • Luxury accommodation at the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge in Private Chalets
  • Experienced guides, both heliskiing and fishing, will help out every step of the way

See what Mountain Life (Coast Mountains) Magazine said about their fly-fishing / heli-skiing trip! Click here: Fly-Fishing and Heli-Skiing article.

A Unique Heli-Skiing Opportunity

Our heli-skiing and heli-boarding terrain is the spectacular Coast Range glaciers and 'neve' of the high Bella Coola mountains. Neve is the term used to describe the smooth surface found on snow slopes in the summer, and is the result of repeated melting and freezing. It is often referred to as “Hero Snow” because of how easy it is to ski and how good it makes you feel to ski it.

Bella Coola and its unparalleled, rugged, and angulated terrain are perfect for spring/summer corn-snow skiing and boarding. The runs are, on average, 3000 vertical feet (900 meters) long and groomed to perfection by nature. Simply put, we will follow the sun around to find the ideal conditions. So don't forget your sunscreen!

In the afternoon, we will be river fishing for the great Chinook Salmon (sometimes also known King Salmon). These mighty fish average in size from 25lbs (12kg) to 35lbs (16kg), but catching Salmon up to 50lbs (23kg) is possible. You will also have the opportunity to catch Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Dolly Varden with an average size of 2-4 lbs (1.5kg). The Bella Coola Valley is rightfully famous for its river fishing and compares favorably to internationally known rivers throughout BC and Alaska.

To fish we will be floating the Atnarko River in McKenzie Drift Boats. These boats are stable and offer a comfortable platform from which to cast as well as enjoy the stunning valley scenery. The fishing technique we use is plugging and casting with a plug, bait, and lures. Fly-fishing is possible but more challenging due to river depth, speed, and fish holding. But hey, it is really up to you and your technique. Many Chinook (King) Salmon are taken annually on fly!

All fishing equipment is included in your tour: waders, rods, reels, bait, plugs and lures. However please bring your own fishing equipment if you prefer or if you want to fly fish as we will not be supplying fly fishing gear. Just remember, big rods and reels are needed, fast sinking fly line and 20 + lb (8 kg +) line is recommended.

Preparation of fish for shipping is available locally. This can be by freezing the fish or smoking them. The daily per person quota is four Salmon and only one of those can be over 65 cm in length. 

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For more information on summer activities and the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge in Bella Coola please visit:  www.tweedsmuirparklodge.com

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Call us direct at 1.604.932.3000 or submit the form below.

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Rates & Dates

** NOTE: All our rates include return airfare between Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal) and Bella Coola. We book these flights on your behalf**

Summer 2015 Availability

Please contact us for availability information and we do our best to accommodate your dates.

Pricing
  • 3 nights - $6,280. Includes 20,000 vertical feet of skiing and 2 river floats
  • 4 nights - $7,780. Includes 29,000 vertical feet of skiing and 3 river floats
  • 5 nights - $9,280. Includes 38,000 vertical feet of skiing and 4 river floats

Minimum of 4 guests are required per week.

All prices are in Canadian dollars (CAD). Tax rates are 2.5% for international guests & 5% for Canadian residents.

Included

  • Flight from Vancouver to Bella Coola return
  • Ground transport in the Bella Coola valley
  • Accommodation (dbl occupancy)
  • **Single occupancy available at $115 extra per night
  • 3 meals daily plus hors d'oeuvres and snacks
  • Certified heli-ski guides and professional fishing guide
  • River boat fishing
  • Fishing License
  • Fishing equipment
  • All safety equipment
  • Ski equipment

Not Included

  • Extra Vertical - $50 per 1,000 vertical feet
  • **Single occupancy available at $115 extra per night
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Fish processing and shipping costs
  • Gratuities