Bella Coola Heli Assisted Ski Touring Package
The best of both worlds! Ski touring with helicopter support.
Discover the beautiful Bella Coola Mountains by using both helicopters and your "low speed" quads. The Heli Assisted Ski Touring program is the perfect hybrid of Alpine Touring and Helicopter Skiing: more exploration and freedom than touring, and more economical than traditional heli skiing.
The day starts with a heli drop high in the alpine, a bonus heli run so to speak. The remainder of the day the group uses their “low speed” quads and generally can ski another 2-3 runs before hitching a ride on the helicopter back down to the lodge.
The days' pace and objectives are formulated in conjunction with the guide starting the previous evening and on an on going basis throughout the day. We want to make it clear that these trips do not need to be backbreaking expeditions. The emphasis is to have fun and enjoy the beautiful Bella Coola mountains while getting a decent bit of exercise at the same time.
A particular advantage is that every day you can ski in a different geographic area. One day it can be by the fjords, the next near the ice cap and the big glaciers, then in the Big Snow Zone or some nice tree runs. We can also engineer traverses of terrain where you end the day in a totally different zone from the start of the day. This variety is of course not possible when you book a trip at a ski touring lodge where you end up skiing the same couple bowls every day.
The best thing about the program is the flexibility to do additional heli runs when and if the group decides it wants to do so. For example, once you are already up in the mountains it doesn’t take much additional flying time to do a second drop and a third or fourth or alternatively, to do one additional heli drop in the afternoon when the machine is back to pick you up.
We recommend coming later in March or during April. By this time the days are longer and the weather is generally a bit more settled. It'll be getting on to spring in the valley, but the snow will still be powder in the alpine. However, it’s possible to do this program any time starting early January through to the end of May. Each month has its particular attractions and advantages.
If you'd like to get a feel for our program, there's a great article on it here: Mountain Life (Coast Mountains).
Ski and tour all day and experience true adventure then return to a warm bed and personalized Canadian hospitality at the Eagle Lodge, located in the village of Hagen Borg and just 5 minutes from the Bella Coola Airport.
Our goal is to share our knowledge of the magnificent mountains. Our guides are well versed in the local flora, fauna, history and culture of this dramatic landscape. They are happy to share their mountain skills too.
2014 Heli Assisted Ski Touring Package and Rates
2014 Dates 7 Nights 5 nights
All Dates $6,180 $4,980
** NOTE: All our rates include return airfare between Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal) and Bella Coola. We book these flights on your behalf**
7 nights - A seven night stay is C$6,180 plus tax. This includes the flight Vancouver to Bella Coola, 7 nights accommodation at Bella Coola Mountain Lodge, guide service, helicopter drop off and pick up with six days ski touring and some safety equipment including Snowpulse Airbag backpacks (see packing list to for items you need to bring).
5 nights - A five night stay is C$4,980 plus tax. This includes the flight Vancouver to Bella Coola, 5 nights accommodation at Bella Coola Mountain Lodge, guide service, helicopter drop off and pick up with six days ski touring and some safety equipment including Snowpulse Airbag backpacks (see packing list to for items you need to bring).
Extra Skiing - Additional heli runs are billed at $50pp per extra 1,000ft skied where all group members agree to extra skiing. Additional drops will be at the end of the day once all other regular heli-skiing groups have returned to the lodge.
Dates - Please contact us for availability information and we will do our best to accommodate your dates.
Heli Assisted Ski Touring – Included
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