What is the Steep Skiing Experience?
Experts Only: the Steep Skiing program is for EXPERT skiers/riders & we mean it!
It's about pushing the envelope with safety at the forefront of every decision.
Intermediate & Advanced skiers/riders - please stop reading this page. This is not the terrain you will ski. Refer to our other packages where we ski some amazing, fun terrain that will not have you shaking in your boots.
- Min. ability Experts only!
- Group size 4 people
- Groups per heli 1 or 2
- Season Spring
Shane McConkey, professional skier: "Bella Coola was one of the most stunning places I've ever had the opportunity to heli-ski. “Swede” and crew have truly discovered an amazing new powder kingdom. I was constantly glued to the window of the heli scoping out some of the most spectacular terrain I have ever seen. Big, steep and deep, here's terrain for the fearless, as well as for the wussies. Wax your boards and get your ass up to Bella Coola."
What do we mean by "expert"?
This program is appropriate for skiers/riders who can confidently handle black diamond terrain at a resort and also venture onto double black runs.
The creation of the Steep Skiing program was due to purely selfish reasons: no-one in Canada was offering truly "steep and deep" terrain, the kind that would get our hearts pounding. When we started Bella Coola Heli Sports we were blown away with the immensity of the terrain here and all the wicked features like line after line of couloirs. It was stuff we wanted to ski ourselves and no-one was offering it. So with more and more people wanting to step it up, we thought "let's do this!".
But let's get one thing straight; this isn't about racking up tons of vertical and skiing spine after spine. We would like to share our experience with you in how to make smart decisions in complex terrain. We want to teach you how to read different terrain, how to approach it and how to ski a gnarly line. With safety at the forefront of all decisions. We will only ski the sick stuff when conditions are optimal and the guide thinks that you are capable of skiing the line and that you follow instructions. In challenging weather, we will do more clinical type instruction. You will head home with a better understanding of how to rip wicked lines based on sound decision making.
If you are considering the Steep Skiing program, the best bit of advice is to give us a call and chat with us to see if you should be considering it or one of our other programs.
Without doubt, the alpine is our standout feature and we can confidently claim to offer the best alpine experience in Canada…and on par with Alaska! The alpine refers to the terrain above treeline. Guests are happy to find that the Canadian alpine stereotype of boring, mellow terrain is not the case in Bella Coola. Our alpine has more of a pitch to it, so good skiers and riders can rip fast, huge arcing lines, while those who are a little more hesitant will not feel intimated thanks to the wide open terrain.
ARE YOU CONSIDERING HELI-SKIING IN ALASKA?
Heli-skiing in Alaska is pretty cool. Many of us at Bella Coola Heli Sports have skied up there and if you have plenty of time on your hands, and are a strong enough skier/rider, you should go at some stage. Having said that, we have a huge amount of advantages and, most importantly, we can offer just as challenging terrain - as the video and photos on this page will show.
Advantages include; less travel time = ski more days, less down days, only ski with 1 group per heli on the Steep program and 2 or 3 groups on the Vertical programs, we ski many more runs per day on our Vertical program and, perhaps most importantly for you, is that on our Steep Skiing program we ski just as challenging terrain as in Alaska...plus our guides will teach you basic mountaineering skills! For more details on how we compare to Alaska, see the Are You Considering Heli-Skiing in Alaska page. If you do not want to ski really steep lines, but you want to ski alpine terrain that is definitely fun but not boring, consider our Vertical programs.