We know what you're coming for, why make you wait until tomorrow?
Your free time is precious and you want to make the most of it. When trying to decide which heli-skiing operation to go to, accessibility probably comes into your thinking. By choosing Bella Coola for your Canadian heli-skiing trip, you will benefit from the following advantages, thanks to our easy access.
Easy Access = More Skiing
This could be the only reason you need; getting to Bella Coola quickly means that you will get more days on which you can ski! A trip to Bella Coola will give you more ski days, in the same timeframe, than if you went to another operation! Here's what that looks like;
- 7 Night Package = 8 possible ski days (comprised of 6 full days & a half day on Arrival & a half day on Departure)
- 5 Night Package = 6 possible ski days (comprised of 4 full days & a half day on Arrival & a half day on Departure)
- 4 Night Package = 5 possible ski days (comprised of 3 full days & a half day on Arrival & a half day on Departure)
- 3 Night Package = 4 possible ski days (comprised of 2 full days & a half day on Arrival & a half day on Departure)
Here’s a 7 night sample itinerary;
Day 1) Depart from the South Terminal (5 minute taxi ride from the Main Terminal) at Vancouver international Airport around mid-morning on the 70 minute flight to Bella Coola (or Anahim Lake for Pantheon & Mystery Mountain guests). Our staff will greet you at the airport with a picnic lunch. The guides will then takeover and take you through the safety briefing. If the weather is conducive to flying in the mountains, we will get you geared up to go heliskiing that afternoon, working your way to the lodge!
Day 2) Heli-skiing the epic terrain of the Coast Range
Day 3) Heli-skiing the epic terrain of the Coast Range
Day 4) Heli-skiing the epic terrain of the Coast Range
Day 5) Heli-skiing the epic terrain of the Coast Range
Day 6) Heli-skiing the epic terrain of the Coast Range
Day 7) Heli-skiing the epic terrain of the Coast Range
Day 8) Spend the morning heli-skiing your way to the airport. On arrival, your bags will be waiting for you so that you can change clothes for the flight back to Vancouver, where you will arrive around 2pm. We strongly suggest booking connecting flights away from 6pm onwards. If you live in North America, you could heliski in the morning, then be home that night…or if you are from Europe, you can catch a flight that evening!
Busy Schedule? Maximize your time on snow
It use to be that if you could only get 3 days off, you couldn't do a heli-skiing trip to a backcountry lodge as the time and effort to get there would leave you with only 1 day or 2 to ski. Luckily for you, we can get you skiing on your arrival and departure dates as long as the weather cooperates.
As mentioned above, a 3 Night Package could give you 4 ski days (2 full days, 2 half days). For Americans and Canadians, you could take Friday off, or even just do half a day in the office, fly to Vancouver that evening, ski Saturday, Sunday, Monday and fly out Monday evening. So depending on where you live, you might only need to take 1-2 days off!
We do recommend a longer stay though. Why? MORE SKIING!
Shorter stays at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge - are available only in early season (late December to mid-February) when we have a special offer: on our Classic PLUS program we give guests a FREE extra night of accommodation and meals.
Shorter stays at Eagle Lodge - are available any time.
Shorter stays at Pantheon Heli Ranch and & Mystery Mountain Lodge - are not available. The exception might be 5 nights if you have a full group of 8 (or pay for all 8 spots) at Pantheon, or a group of 4 for Mystery Mountain.
No Mountain Passes
To access many Canadian heli-skiing lodges, treacherous mountain passes need to be negotiated by road. Every winter there are closures which could affect access to those lodges. Fortunately for us, all our guests fly to Bella Coola, where on Arrival, they heli-ski right from the airport to our lodges! Or if it's snowing too heavily to ski on arrival day, it is an easy drive to the lodges through a valley bottom, with no mountain passes to go over. This is surprising given how awesomely rugged our terrain is!
Down Days Have Less Impact
Yes, we get the occasional down day because it snows so much in the Coast Range! Thanks to the ease in which guests can get here, we ski on more days than elsewhere. Therefore, even if there is a down day, it still might be possible to ski as much as if you went somewhere else that didn't have a down day...and you didn't need to take a long bus transfer just to get to the lodge!