Safety

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS ON ABSOLUTE SAFETY

SAFETY is our priority

Is finding the best terrain our Number 1 goal?
Nope (although it’s a close second). At Bella Coola, your safety is our absolute priority.

We are committed to offering our guests an unforgettable heli-skiing and heli-boarding experience, but always in the context of safety first. We employ ACMG certified ski guides. All of our helicopter pilots have many years and hours of experience flying in the mountains. Our A-Star B2 helicopters are maintained and inspected daily, by engineers in a heated hangar and our guides are CONSTANTLY monitoring snow and weather conditions.

All in all, our safety standards are of the highest calibre and are set by HeliCat Canada, an industry body with decades of experience.

STRICT SAFETY STANDARDS

Surpassing the strictest standards in the industry.

Bella Coola Heli Sports is a member of HeliCat Canada, and we are regulated by the most comprehensive and exacting heli-skiing guidelines in the world.

In addition, our safety plan and operating procedures are audited every couple of years by an independent risk management evaluator.

Operating Standards

HUGELY EXPERIENCED GUIDE TEAM

Our team of Guides are certified by the ACMG / UIAGM (Canadian and International Association of Mountain Guides).

When you heli-ski with us, you’re in good hands. Our guides are real people, dedicated to everyone's safety. They want you to go home to your family – safe and sound – just as they want to return to theirs.

Our Guides

COAST RANGE STABILITY

BELLA COOLA’S CONSISTENT AND TEMPERATE CLIMATE – COMBINED WITH PLENTIFUL SNOWFALL – RESULTS IN A GENERALLY MORE STABLE AND SETTLED SNOWPACK.

We are lucky to be located in British Columbia's Coast Range, which has a more stable and settled snowpack than what is common in other Canadian heli-skiing locations.

Snow Safety

HELICOPTERS, PILOTS & ENGINEERS

Sleek machines & ‘high hour’ mountain pilots & engineers

We’ve worked with helicopters and pilots from West Coast Helicopters (WCH) for more than a decade.

All WCH pilots that fly for BCHS have thousands of hours of flying experience, including special training in mountain flying and heli-skiing operations. They also participate in the annual Guides Training Program prior to the start of the heli-skiing season – including running through a mock rescue scenario.

Our engineers work in a heated helicopter hangar, which ensures rigorous maintenance schedules and inspections are always met, regardless of weather conditions.

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INFRASTRUCTURE & BACK-UP SUPPORT

We’ve setup a network of additional help and safety.

Our concern for your safety goes way beyond giving you a transceiver and telling you how to use it. Find out how we have created infrastructure to help in an emergency.

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TOP SAFETY GEAR

AN EXCEPTIONAL HELI-SKI EXPERIENCE DEMANDS FIRST-CLASS EQUIPMENT

Your safety really is our top priority. That's why the use of our safety equipment is FREE!

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GUEST SAFETY TRAINING

YOU’LL BE TRAINED IN THE BASICS OF SKIING IN THE BACKCOUNTRY!

On Arrival Day, just before you head out skiing, our guide team will go over some safety basics – from using the supplied safety equipment, to understanding how to behave around the helicopter.

From first-timers to hardcores, we have a package for everyone!

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