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Northern Escape4.9 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
 
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - where you will find some of the deepest driest snow on earth!
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - where you will find some of the deepest driest snow on earth!
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - small group in fast moving small helicopters means more time shredding the pow
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - small group in fast moving small helicopters means more time shredding the pow
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - has over 5,500 square kilometers (1.4 million acres) of terrain
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - has over 5,500 square kilometers (1.4 million acres) of terrain
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - fly-in/fly-out from your accommodation at Yellow Cedar Lodge
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - fly-in/fly-out from your accommodation at Yellow Cedar Lodge
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - with over 30 meters of fresh snow each season there is plenty of fresh powder
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - with over 30 meters of fresh snow each season there is plenty of fresh powder
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - Koala & A-Star helicopters are efficient & fast
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - Koala & A-Star helicopters are efficient & fast
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - has plenty of eye-candy from sun up to sun down
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - has plenty of eye-candy from sun up to sun down
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - has a full snowcat operation for stormy days of deep powder riding
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - has a full snowcat operation for stormy days of deep powder riding
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - you can be assured of reaching your guaranteed vertical with the cat heli combo
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - you can be assured of reaching your guaranteed vertical with the cat heli combo
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - has some very steep terrain for those who want to go vertical
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - has some very steep terrain for those who want to go vertical
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - the powder can be super deep & super dry & super nice :)
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - the powder can be super deep & super dry & super nice :)
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - small groups means less likelihood of running over other people's tracks
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - small groups means less likelihood of running over other people's tracks
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - the snowpack is relatively stable meaning steep skiing in deep snow is possible
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - the snowpack is relatively stable meaning steep skiing in deep snow is possible
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - there is some superb tree skiing terrain where the snow gets real deep
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - there is some superb tree skiing terrain where the snow gets real deep
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - you'll come back year after year once you ride this stuff
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - you'll come back year after year once you ride this stuff
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - powder boards & powder skis & poles are provided as part of the package
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - powder boards & powder skis & poles are provided as part of the package
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - ahhh, the sweet sound of powder whooshing under your feet
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - ahhh, the sweet sound of powder whooshing under your feet
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - you'll feel like a rock star!
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - you'll feel like a rock star!
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - book 3 days, 4, 5 or 7 days for just yourself or you and your ski / boarding buddies
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - book 3 days, 4, 5 or 7 days for just yourself or you and your ski / boarding buddies
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - and don't forget to pack the snorkel!!
Northern Escape Heli Skiing - and don't forget to pack the snorkel!!

Northern Escape Heli Skiing BC

There’s nothing a powderhound hates more than getting to the top of a slope only to find that other powderhounds have put their dirty paw marks all over their powder.

At Northern Escape Heli Skiing powderhounds can be rest assured that this will never happen. With a whopping 5,500 square kilometres (about 1.4 million acres) of terrain and 20 to 30 metres of snowfall each season, there are infinite lines of virgin snow that are yours for the taking.

Be decadent and take an escape from the mundane and go heli skiing with Northern Escape. Just remember to pack a snorkel!

Here is a fabulous overview video to show what you can expect with a Northern Escape Heli Skiing package.....



Northern Escape Heli Skiing Packages

Northern Escape Classic Package DETAILS
MIXED SMALL GROUP HELISKIING
North West BC | 3, 4, 5 & 7 Day Packages
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USD 4,103
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
The Classic package is offered in 3, 4, 5 or 7 day increments and you can join as a solo skier/boarder, small group or make up your own private group. Twin/double accommodation is provided at the Yellow Cedar Lodge with the option to upgrade to a private room. More
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  • Professional guided heliskiing & cat ski backup
  • Deluxe mountain lodge accommodation with private en suites
  • All meals & non-alcoholic beverages
  • Use of avalanche safety gear inc airbag backpack
  • Use of powder skis / poles or snowboard.....
Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Northern Escape Elite Package DETAILS
SEMI-PRIVATE GROUP HELISKIING
Groups of 4-8 | 3, 4, 5 & 7 Day Packages
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USD 4,559
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
The ELITE package is offered in 3, 4, 5 or 7 day increments for private groups of 8 skiers/boarders with guaranteed vertical. Double/Single room accommodation is provided in a private lodge located across the road from the main lodge (where you have full use of the lodge facilities). More
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  • Private heliskiing & cat ski backup
  • Deluxe semi-private lodge accommodation with private en suites
  • All meals & non-alcoholic beverages
  • Use of avalanche safety gear inc airbag backpack
  • Use of powder skis / poles or snowboard.....
Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Northern Escape Private Package DETAILS
PRIVATE SMALL GROUP HELISKIING
UNLIMITED VERTICAL | 3, 4, 5 & 7 Day Packages
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USD 6,231
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
The PRIVATE package is offered in 3, 4, 5 or 7 day increments for private groups of skiers/boarders (group 4 or 5) with UNLIMITED vertical & guaranteed flight hours. Double/Single room accommodation is provided in a private chalet adjacent to Yellow Cedar Lodge (where you have full use of the lodge facilities). More
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  • Private UNLIMITED VERT heliskiing & private cat ski backup
  • Deluxe private chalet accommodation with private en suites
  • All meals & non-alcoholic beverages
  • Use of avalanche safety gear inc airbag backpack
  • Use of powder skis / poles or snowboard.....
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Where is Northern Heli Skiing Located?

Northern Escape Heli-Skiing is located in Northwestern British Columbia Canada, nestled deep in the famous Skeena Mountains of the Northern Coast Range. The lodges are located about 30 minutes from Terrace Regional Airport.

Getting ThereTerrace is approximately 1,130km (702 miles) northwest of Vancouver by road which equates to an easy two hour flight from Vancouver BC. This makes for reasonably quick and easy access relative to most other Canada heli ski operators.

Direct flights from Vancouver to Terrace, BC can be arranged with Air Canada or Hawk Air. Please arrange to arrive on the evening of the first day of your package. Return flights to Vancouver should be arranged to depart after 18:00 hrs on the last day of your package.

Please provide NEH with your flight details and they will arrange transport to and from the airport (about 30 mins travel time) to Yellow Cedar Lodge.

5,500 km2 of Heli Skiing Terrain

The heli ski terrain is vast, although that’s a bit of an understatement considering that Northern Escape is up there in the top three biggest Canadian heli ski tenures.

The ski and snowboard terrain is between elevations of 450 and 2,350 metres, so the runs are long and offer a combination of spectacular high alpine peaks and perfectly spaced old growth forests with deep, deep powder and glacier pillow drops. And good news for those who like it steep as well as deep, because the coastal snowpack allows reasonably steep terrain to be safely skied.

Considering the spectacular storms that bring the huge volumes of snow, thankfully Northern Escape has the backup of snowcat skiing where it’s always possible to ski within the protection of the treed areas. The snowcat has access to 50 kilometers (31 miles) of road and endless hidden stashes of powder, offers an additional choice of BC skiing terrain on those days when it’s snowing too hard to fly safely.

250 Runs
To date, Northern Escape has established over 250 helicopter ski runs with the opportunity to ski/board first descents every day (along with naming rights of course) for many years to come. Here in Terrace BC, Canada, you will ski/board at elevations between 450 and 2,450 metres (1,500 – 8,000 feet!). You’re sure to find what you’re looking for with ski runs of more than 2,000 vertical meters (6,500 vertical feet), many of which start high in the alpine and end deep in the valley bottoms, well below the tree line!

Combine our easy access with our vast British Columbia mountain ranges plus a huge annual snowfall, and you’ve got the makings of the ultimate helicopter skiing experience. Northern Escape Heli Skiing terrain offers one of the deepest, most reliable snow packs on the planet, with the ultimate in dry powder.

11 Zones
Each of the 11 zones within our BC heli skiing location offers unique terrain for the ultimate skiing and boarding adventures. From the Promised Land, with its abundance of steep tree skiing and pillow lines; to the Wild West, with its massive glaciers and never ending alpine runs; to the South Shore, with its spectacular alpine setting; and the Shroud Zone, with its endless mountain top vistas, we’re certain you’ll find the line you’ve been dreaming of. And, with their Unlimited Vertical Option you’ll be able to experience even more unique ski zones for exceptional alpine skiing.

Guides & Safety

Qualified Guides
All NEH trained ski guides are dedicated professionals with years of British Columbia mountain guiding experience. Each is a certified member and/or recognized by:

  • ACMG – Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
  • UIAGM – International Mountain Guides Associations
  • HeliCat Canada – British Columbia Helicopter Skiing And Cat Skiing Operators Association, which sets the standard of care for heli skiing safety in our industry 

Helicopter Pilots
NEH heli skiing helicopter pilots, like its guides, possess similarly impressive qualifications. Northern Escape helicopter pilots are leaders in the industry; vastly experienced and capable mountain pilots who are chosen not only for their skills and knowledge, but also for their friendly and outgoing personalities.

Heli Skiing Safety Equipment
Northern Escape also has a comprehensive snow, weather, and avalanche safety management system. Their Heli Ski guides are continually monitoring and collecting snow and weather information in an effort to assess safety hazards and choose suitable skiing/boarding terrain for each group. Their guide team meet twice daily to evaluate this information, plan the day, and share the information obtained during skiing/boarding.

Each Northern Escape helicopter is equipped with GPS, a satellite phone, and a VHF radio to maintain contact with the ski lodge and the guides, as well as first aid, oxygen, avalanche rescue, and survival equipment.

Included in all heli skiing packages, Northern Escape is proud to provide each guest with the use of a state-of-the-art:

  • PULSE Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver
  • Snowpulse Avalanche Airbag Backpack (the latest in avalanche safety) 

The Snowpulse Airbags have proven to significantly reduce the chances of being buried if involved in an avalanche. All guests are provided instruction in the use of these ski safety devices prior to skiing/boarding. In addition to the skiing safety equipment carried in our guides’ packs, each group will carry additional avalanche rescue equipment and a VHF radio capable of communicating with the guides and pilots. In the case of a medical emergency, Terrace BC, has a fully equipped regional hospital and ambulance service located only 15 minutes by road from the heli ski lodge.

Memberships
Northern Escape Heli Skiing is an Accredited Member of the British Columbia Helicopter and Snowcat Skiing Operators Association, HeliCat Canada. This association sets strict standards for helicopter skiing safety. Only by skiing/boarding with a HeliCat Canada member are you assured of certified ski guides that follow a strict set of operating procedures. They are also a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and participate in the Industry Information Exchange (InfoEx), and together with other leading helicopter skiing/boarding operators, they sponsor avalanche and heli skiing safety research projects with the University of Calgary and HeliCat Canada.

Northern Escape Heli Skiing Terms & Conditions

The Organizer
True North Heli-Skiing Ltd. (hereinafter called TNHS) is the licensed operator for all packages and activities offered by Northern Escape Heli-Skiing (NEHS), which is the organizer of all packages described in this brochure. The travel agency representing NEHS is only a mediator authorized for encashment.

Registration, Deposit and Payments
Due to the nature of this vacation, commitments must be made well in advance of your package commencement with us. Therefore, NEHS requires a deposit of $1,200 for 5 and 7-day packages, $900 for 3 and 4-day packages and $2,000 for all Private Packages which must be received by Northern Escape Heli Skiing or your Travel Agency within 10 days of confirmation of your reservation. All payments are payable to Northern Escape Heli-Skiing.

Payment of the balance of your reserved package is due 12 weeks prior to the commencement of your package. Reservations may be cancelled without notice to the guest if full payment has not been received by NEHS on the due date. For bookings made less than 12 weeks prior to the package commencement, the full package price is due at the time of booking.

Deposits may be made by Cash, Cheque, Bank Draft, Bank Wire, Visa or Master Card. Final payments may also be made by Cash, Cheque, Bank Draft or Bank Wire, however final payments made by Visa or Master Card are subject to a 3% service charge

Cancellations
If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your reservation, we require written notification by registered mail. All deposits for cancellations made more than 12 weeks prior to the package commencement date are NON-REFUNDABLE and will be retained by NEHS.

For cancellations made less than 12 weeks prior to the package commencement date, the total package price is due in full and is NON-REFUNDABLE. If the cancelled reservation can be re-sold to another guest that assumes the contractual obligations, and only if the cancelled space is still available, a change of reservation fee of $250 will apply.

Mountain Weather
The Heli-Skiing program is greatly dependent upon weather, snow and avalanche conditions, factors of which NEH have no control over and are difficult to predict. Therefore, Heli-Skiing is not always perfect and you should be prepared to ski in all conditions. In addition, the more fit you are the more you will enjoy your Heli-Skiing vacation.

Refunds
All packages are sold in units beginning and ending on a specific date. No refund is given, in whole or in part, for unused days due to late arrival or early departure. In addition, no refund is given for any unused portion of your package due to poor physical fitness, skiing/boarding ability, illness or injury. There is no refund if you choose not to participate in any activity or to return to the lodge early. Your vertical each day, whether by Heli or by Snowcat back-up, is cumulative and will be posted for you to keep track of. Northern Escape Heli Skiing reserves the right to cancel any package at any time. FULL REFUNDS will be given if this is the case.

Extra Vertical or Refund – Regular Classic Package and Elite Package
Extra vertical is available at $152.00 per 1,000 m ($46.00 per 1,000 feet). If due to poor weather or mechanical breakdown only, you are unable to ski/board the vertical guaranteed in your package (see table below), Northern Escape Heli-Skiing will refund $152.00 per 1,000 m ($46.00 per 1,000 feet) for the unskied/boarded portion of your package.

Vertical Refund – Unlimited Vertical Option

If for any reason you are unable to ski/board the guaranteed vertical in your Unlimited Vertical Option (see table below), you will be credited toward your next trip with us at $152 per 1,000m ($46 per 1,000 feet) for the unskied/boarded portion of the Unlimited Vertical Option. All credits are non-transferable and valid for a period of two years.

Flight Time Refund - Private Packages
Private Packages have a minimum guaranteed flight time of 1 hour per day averaged over the package duration. If due to poor weather or mechanical breakdown only, you are unable to fly the min guaranteed flight time included in the Private Package, Northern Escape Heli-Skiing will refund $215 per 0.1 hour for the unused portion of your package.

Exclusion of Liability and Assumption of Risks
Please read carefully. Wilderness skiing and snowboarding involve risks, dangers and hazards in addition to those normally associated with downhill skiing and snowboarding at a ski area. These risks, dangers and hazards are outlined in our Release of Liability, Waiver, of Claims, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement, a sample of which is reprinted within this booklet. All guests are requested to read and required to sign this agreement before participating in our program. This agreement will affect your legal rights should you be involved in an accident. Copies of this agreement are available on request.


Travel Insurance
Trip Cancellation Insurance
Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended. NEH has made arrangements with Lifestyle Financial Services to offer our guests a comprehensive cancellation insurance package. Please contact them directly at (250) 542-8577 or via e-mail at info@lsfs.ca.

Interruption/Medical/Evacuation Insurance
We recommend you carry Interruption insurance as well as Medical/Evacuation insurance. Lifestyle Financial Services offers comprehensive coverage for these insurances and they may be purchased directly through Northern Escape Heli Skiing at the time of booking. Information will be provided with you confirmation package.

Evacuation Insurance

Evacuation insurance is available from Northern Escape Heli-Skiing to cover evacuation of an injured guest from the mountain to the hospital in Terrace, BC or to the nearest appropriate transfer point for the BC Ambulance Service. This is included with the Private Package.

Why Ski or Board with Northern Escape Heli Skiing Canada?

The Powderhounds are yet to visit Northern Escape (but it is on the list) however here is our synopsis based on our research and what others ave to say.....

Northern Escape has a high emphasis on the safety aspects of heli skiing and provide all guests with airbag backpacks; technology that’s been shown to reduce the burial rate in the unlikely event of an avalanche.

As well as the snowcat back-up, another obvious reason to go with Northern Escape is the snow. If you’re snow-vanistic you’ll love the volumes of powder and the reliability of the snowpack. With the small group format you’ll be able to make the most of the huge terrain and the big pow. Then after a big day out, you can sit around and re-live all your tales whilst enjoying a mouth watering meal of three to five courses. That’s empowderment eh?

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