Co-Owner and CEO
Co-Owner and Business Manager
"It's all about the skiing" says Beat Steiner. He has been actively involved in the ski industry since 1983. First as a ski model, then a ski cinematographer and now co-owner of Bella Coola Heli Sports.
In the early days it was all about first descents and skiing the extreme. To save money for skiing and travel, Beat spent the first five years in Whistler living rent free by squatting in various back woods cabins. The limited funds that did come in came from writing articles and publishing photographs of his exploits and adventures. Eventually the jump was made to shooting and producing documentary films about climbing and skiing. This was back in the day before VCR's and video cameras, so a much more quirky undertaking then in today's world of multiple ski and snowboard film titles. When in 1989 Beat hooked up with Craig Kelly, three time over all world snowboard champion, things really began to roll. Snowboarding was booming and home video technology created the market. Finally there was a shooting budget. This turned out to be a huge opportunity and Beat made the most of it.
Over the next nine years he traveled all over the world and used helicopters extensively in pursuit of the most dramatic mountain landscapes and best snow. It was also the genesis of the current Bella Coola Heli Sports team, with Swede providing guiding services and Beat and Christian running cameras. Switching to full time freelance cinematographer in 1997 opened yet more doors for Beat. Projects included work on Imax Extreme, The North Face expeditions for NBC, Warren Miller's feature films and Global Adventures series, as well as numerous action sequences for both TV commercials and feature films.
The drive to find new areas to film, eventually led to the first trip to Bella Coola in February 2000. With all the traveling and shooting under his belt, Beat immediately recognized the incredible potential of this area. This was truly an undiscovered Shangri-la. Today, Beat would rather not travel and simply wants to ski as many days as possible in Bella Coola. Heli skiing is definitely his passion, and he loves to share this with the guests.