Bella Coola Heli Sports
Heli skiing with Bella Coola Heli Sport is an awesome way to get your fix of deep powder skiing or snowboarding. Up in Bella Coola, powderhounds don’t just drool over powder or sniff out some fresh powder stashes; powder hounds gobble up powder, one fresh line after another!
Bella Coola Heli Sports can’t guarantee chest deep powder, but they certainly stack the cards in your favour! The heli skiing terrain is perfectly located in a transition zone between a wetter Pacific climate and a dry BC Interior climate. The coastal component contributes to HUGE AMOUNTS of snow, with an average of 20-30 metres (65 to 100 feet) of snow each winter. This is twice as much snow as many of the interior BC heli skiing companies (e.g. Revelstoke heli skiing), so don’t just pack your snorkel, pack your scuba gear! Best of all, the snowpack is generally much more stable than the Interior BC, so experts are more likely to be able to plunge down steep terrain and bag big lines.
BC Heli Sports use small powerful helicopters and have small group heli skiing, which offers many advantages over some other heliskiing Canada
companies that have tour bus sized groups. Small helicopters can land in tight spots, so there are more terrain choices, and small groups allow for easier grouping by ability. The Bella Coola Helisports wilderness lodging is also intimate and exclusive.
Bella Coola Heli Skiing Packages
Bella Coola Heli Sports offer multi-day trips of 3, 4, 5 or 7 days duration. During peak season, some packages are for 7 days only. Bella Coola has a range of packages including expert-only trips, and private heli skiing.
MULTI-DAY MIXED GROUP HELISKIING
From 3 - 7 Nights | 4 - 8 Days of Heli
From price based 3 nights twin/double-share lodging, 4 possible ski days (2 half-days & 2 full days); includes 42,500 vertical feet of skiing.
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Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
The Classic Vert package is ideal for all levels of heli skiers & boarders from first-timers to experts. Packages are 3, 4, 5 & 7 nights and include a guaranteed vertical. You can join a group as a solo, couple, small group or book an entire lodge with a larger group. More
- Quality twin-share accommodation at one of the lodges
- All gourmet meals, apres snacks, hot or cold breakfast
- Epic heli skiing; highly qualified guides & guaranteed vertical
- Use of avalanche safety gear & powder skis / boards
- Return flights ex Vancouver & ground transport
Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Jan 01 - Mar 31, 2017
Where is Bella Coola Helisports Located?
Bella Coola Heli Sports is located in a delightfully isolated utopia, near the town of Bella Coola, in the Coast Range of British Columbia. Bella Coola is a 1:15 hour flight north of Vancouver (a 722km trip via road and ferry). The primary lodge is located only 30 minutes east of the Bella Coola Airport in the eastern end of the Bella Coola Valley within Tweedsmuir Park.
The location equates to much less travel time than for many other Canadian heli skiing companies, and it’s possible to heliski on both your arrival and departure day!
Getting to Bella Coola is super easy because the travel is all looked after by BC Helisports. The flights between Vancouver and Bella Coola are included as part of the package (or to Anahim Lake if you’re on the Pantheon package), as is the transport to the lodge.
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Bella Coola Heliskiing Terrain
The size of the Bella Coola Helisports terrain is absolutely massive, although “massive” might be a massive understatement! The gi-normous terrain is over 10,700 square kilometres (2.64 million acres), making it the biggest Canadian heli skiing tenure. Its size completely dwarfs the big Whistler Blackcomb
, which is only 1/325th the size of Bella Coola Helisports.
Many of the runs are leg-burningly delicious, with some long descents of 5,000 to 6,000 vertical feet (1,500 to 1,800 vertical metres). An average day of heli skiing consists of anywhere from 15,000 vertical feet to 30,000 vertical feet of powder skiing.
This vast area has an amazing diversity of dramatic mountain terrain. The alpine terrain is Bella Coola’s specialty with a range of bowls, glaciers and chutes. The tenure also has plenty of tree skiing, which is handy for getting out during stormy weather days. As a minimum, skiers and snowboarders should be of at least strong intermediate ability (ie can confidently ski off-piste blue runs and some black runs).
More Reasons to Heli Ski with Bella Coola
Like other Canada heli skiing operators, Bella Coola is a member of HeliCat Canada, which has very comprehensive safety guidelines for minimising risk in the backcountry. BC Helisports has very qualified and experienced guides, and the provision of safety equipment such as airbags to all guests, adds to the emphasis on safety.
Bella Coola Heli Skiing has some other major strong points. It’s quick and easy to get to. The heli skiing and lodging experiences are intimate with only small groups, the terrain is colossal, and the snowpack reduces the likelihood of just skiing ho-hum mellow slopes. This heli skiing isn’t just steep, it’s majorly deep too. Zip up the armpits on your jacket and keep your mouth closed… unless of course you want powder for lunch! Fire up the Contour head cam and make some ski porn!