Peter 'Swede' Mattsson


Swede is a character of some renown in the skiing business, and was a driving force behind Bella Coola Heli Sports.

Swede started his professional career in the hospitality industry, and as your larger-than-life host, it shows. He emigrated from Sweden to Whistler, Canada in '81 and hasn't looked back. Swede is an expert skier and climber, and has participated in expeditions all over the world.

He began his profession as a Mountain Guide in the mid-1980’s. Courses and diplomas followed, including many years spent as a Heli-skiing/Climbing/Ski touring guide and owner of a guiding company. In 1995, Swede formed Mountain Sport Productions, specializing in coordination and mountain guiding for the film and television production industry. In 1996 he worked for Greenland Outdoors Inc., researching and developing adventure sport programs, including heli-skiing, for tourism in western Greenland.

This SBC Skier magazine article might lend you a bit of insight into the mind of this crazy character, as does this article in Ski Magazine, which also touches on the creation of Bella Coola Heli Sports....it's a great read!

For an article on Swede and BCHS in Swedish, see here: Peter the Swede - Kocken som blev bergsguide

And for one in German, see here: Der skiverrückte Wikinger!

In July 2018 Swede retired after helping build Bella Coola Heli Sports from a 1 helicopter business to the multi-lodge operation that it is today.

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