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Bella Coola Classic Vert Package

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Price p/p From price based 3 nights twin/double-share lodging high season at Eagle Lodge, 4 possible ski days (2 half-days & 2 full days); includes 42,500 vertical feet of skiing.
Base/invoice currency is in CAD ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 6,510

MULTI-DAY MIXED GROUP HELISKIING
From 3 - 7 Nights | 4 - 8 Days of Heli

Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based 3 nights twin/double-share lodging high season at Eagle Lodge, 4 possible ski days (2 half-days & 2 full days); includes 42,500 vertical feet of skiing.
Base/invoice currency is in CAD ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 6,510
The Classic Vert package with Bella Coola Heli Sports 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.
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Classic Vert Package

This is Bella Coola's most popular package as is suitable for seasoned heli skiers, families and heli virgins alike!

These packages are mixed group so you can join a package as a solo skier/boarder, a couple, small group or even large group and book the entire lodge to make it a private event. If you prefer to just ski with your friends and you only have a small group, the magic number is a group of 4 as this fills a load in the helicopter.
 
Small group heli skiing with max 4 guests (sometimes 5) per group and max 12 guests per heli (often only 2 groups in peak season). Small groups combines with a small helicopter ensures optimal turn-around time so you spend more time skiing & boarding and less time standing still.

The duration of packages ranges from the 3 Night Classic Vert with 4 possible ski days of phenomenal heli-skiing (comprised of 2 full days and a half day on Arrival Day and a half day on Departure Day) & 42,500 vertical feet to the 7 Night Classic Vert package with 7 possible ski days of phenomenal heli-skiing (comprised of 6 full days and a day on Arrival Day and a half day on Departure Day) & a whopping 100,000 vertical feet.  Extra vertical is available on all packages at extra $$$/1,000 ft.

See Rates & Inclusions for all package options and prices.

Lodging & MealsThere is a choice of accommodation; private chalets at the award-winning Tweedsmuir Park Lodge or hotel style rooms at Eagle Lodge.  

All gourmet meals and après ski snacks (multi-course dinners, picnic lunch in the field and hot or cold breakfasts) are also included. See more about accommodation & meals here >>

Typical Itinerary for the Classic Vert Package

Following is an sample itinerary of how a typical Classic Vert package would run; there’s the possibility to ski on both arrival and departure days if the weather is favourable!

Arrival Day 
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 guests). Bella Colla 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, you will get you geared up to go heliskiing that afternoon, working your way to the lodge!

Heli Ski Days (number depends on your package)
Heli-skiing the epic terrain of the Coast Range

Last Day - last chance to heli ski the morning on your way to the airport.
On arrival back at the lodge, 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. BCHS strongly recommend booking connecting flights away from 6pm onwards.

If you live in North America, you could heliski in the morning, then be home that night! No need to waste time and money staying overnight in Vancouver.

If you live in Europe, you can catch a flight that evening! Again no need to waste time and money staying overnight in Vancouver.

Tweedsmuir Lodge

As if heli skiing with Bella Coola Heli Sports in amongst all that powder isn’t decadent enough. At the end of the day you get to retreat to Tweedsmuir Park Lodge where you can be fully hedonistic and enjoy the luxury accommodation, fine food, and all the amenities!

The Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is located in an unspoiled and spectacular environment at the end of the Bella Coola Valley where there are stunning views of Mt Mellikan and the aptly named Mt Stupendous.

Main Lodge and Amenities The main lodge contains most of the amenities. The large living area and dining room seem to be a good spot for guests to congregate and chat about their amazing powder turns of the day. Alternatively the sports bar with billiards table, other games and satellite TV is another venue for telling embellished stories!


Tweedsmuir Lodge....fly-in/fly-out!

...warm, friendly & social...

...a wonderful place to hang


Other amenities include:
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Gym with weights, stretching area and yoga
  • Massage services
  • Guest media room with computer access, fax and telephone service
  • Wireless internet access throughout the lodge and accommodations
  • Retail shop to buy a keepsake of your heli skiing trip


Hot tub at the end of the day...

...need more exercise? No problem...

...and/or just a relaxing massage

Dining Morning and evening meals are served in the dining room, with cuisine that will delight any epicurean. The fare is West Coast inspired (any special dietary needs can be catered for), and the wine list includes a good selection of international and British Columbia wines.


Tweedsmuir Lodge dinning area...

...delicious apres snack....

...and gourmet evening meals


Accommodations The lodging provided is within one of nine private double occupancy chalets (single supplement available for additional charge). The chalets are luxurious and have all the creature comforts.


Cozy cabin-style accommodation....

...lovely private & very cozy rooms...

...cabins have a variety of layouts

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2020 Rates

 TWEEDSMUIR PARK LODGE: MIXED Group Prices in CAD per person (ex taxes)  
 Package  Low Season
 
(outside of high season)
 High Season
 (approx Jan 13 to Apr 7)
Included
Vertical (ft)
 8 Days/7 Nights  13,180  16,280  100,000
 6 Days /5 Nights  10,380  12,880  70,500
 5 Days/4 Nights  8,880  10,880  57,000
 4 Days/3 Nights  6,980   8,680  42,500

  • based on twin-share per person
  • base/invoice currency is Canadian Dollars
  • Add 2.5% GST (tax) for non-residents of Canada and 5% GST is charged to Canadian residents.
  • A non-refundable deposit is required in order to confirm a reservation
  • For the BCHS cancellation policy please see their Booking Terms
  • All guests will be required to sign a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement prior to skiing.
Inclusions
  • 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
Add-ons
  • Additional vertical over included amount - CAD$57 per 1,000 ft (pay as you go)
Not Included

Bella Coola Heli Sport Terms & Conditions

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

To guarantee your reservation the following deposits are required. **Note: All prices are in Canadian Dollars. The tax rate is 2.5% for international guests and 5% for Canadian guests.

Private - $14,000 per group / $3,500 per person

Semi-Private - $28,000 per group / $3,500 per person

Vertical & Specialty programs - 7 Day - $3,000 per person

Vertical & Specialty programs - 3, 4 & 5 Day - $2,500 per person

Deposits are due upon booking.

Important note: For bookings made less than 90 days prior to your arrival date in Bella Coola the full package price is due upon booking.

Special note to group organizers: The group organizer is responsible to ensure that all guests receive the BCHS literature and are fully aware of the policies in it. The group organizer is also responsible for making sure payment deadlines are met and all necessary forms are returned to BCHS as requested.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

While we wish we could control the weather, we do not. Occasionally we cannot ski and often those times are for your safety. We hope you recognize that we want to be out there skiing as much as you do! Instance when we might not be able to ski include; snow stability issues, unfavourable weather, mechanical issues or an unforeseen emergency.

We have strict payment and refund policies. For this reason we ask all our clients to thoroughly read the information supplied on our website before registering for a heliskiing tour. The reservation and cancellation policies outlined are more or less standard in the heli-skiing industry.

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance. Once a booking is made significant expenses and long term commitments are incurred on your behalf. For this reason we are not prepared to offer refunds if you are later forced to cancel.

In addition, we recommend buying medical evacuation insurance. If you are injured while skiing and need to be flown to the hospital or back to the lodge, the cost of the flight will be billed to your account.

For both your protection and ours, we strongly recommend that you to book cancellation and evacuation insurance online with Lifestyle Financial. Their policy covers both Canadians and Non-Canadians (Note - if you are Non-Canadian, the information pertaining to you in their policy is after the information for Canadians).

CANCELLATIONS

Deposits are non-refundable. If you need to cancel your trip after having paid the deposit or balance you have the following options;

You can re-schedule to a later date within the season in which you are booked (plus pay if there's a season pricing difference)

You can find someone new to take over your booking

If your substitute takes up your seat with Bella Coola Heli Sports, we will credit any money that you have paid to us toward the balance owing on your substitute's seat. We will leave it to you and your substitute to determine how you recoup the payments credited to the substitute's benefit. While we cannot revise our cancellation policy, we hope that our acceptance of your substitute will offset the effects of our policy.

Other considerations;

If you cancel your seat after you have paid the deposit, we will not refund the deposit and will open up your space to another person

We will consider that you have cancelled your seat if we do not receive the balance payment 90 days before your trip start date

Please note that Bella Coola Heli Sports reserves the right to cancel your reservation. However, if Bella Coola Heli Sports does cancel your reservation, you will be refunded in full.

Special note on all flight changes: Once the Pacific Coastal flight has been booked any changes will incur a $300 fee. Most flights we book are on a private charter and changes require that we must purchase a whole new ticket on your behalf on one of the scheduled flights.

REFUND POLICIES

*** IMPORTANT info for those booking Vertical programs

The helicopter costs of operating your heli-skiing week are far and away the costliest element of your package. We cannot afford to fly with an empty seat. This necessitates a strict policy: EACH GUEST IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COSTS OF THEIR SEAT.

If you decide to sit out a run in order to rest, or get injured and are unable to continue skiing/boarding, your vertical account will register the amount skied by the group you were assigned to, not the vertical you actually skied. We sympathize with those that miss out on skiing, but this policy insures that we are able to continue flying and are able to fulfill our obligations to the other guests.

By way of further explanation, imagine that your helicopter is a taxi and you are four friends taking a ride. If one or two people ask to be dropped off half way to the destination, the overall cost of the taxi ride does not change. Similarly, if for whatever reason you request to fly back to the lodge or your guide deems it necessary for you to be flown out; you will be billed for the costs of the extra flying time incurred by the company in returning you to the valley before the heliski day is finished. The costs will vary depending on the amount of flight time required. If it does become necessary for you to be flown out because of an injury, we suggest that you submit the costs of the evacuation to your insurance company.

There is also no refund for down days per se; however, if bad weather or mechanical breakdown prevents us from providing you with the total vertical or the flying time included in the program, we will refund according to the formulas listed below.

Tweedsmuir Private
- If your private group of four uses less than 6.4 hours of helicopter time during the week we will refund the group $3,180.00 per hour on every hour of unused time below the 6.4 hour threshold.

Tweedsmuir Semi Private - If your semi-private group uses less than 11.2 hours of helicopter time during the week we will refund the group $3,080.00 per hour on every hour of unused time below the 11.2 hour threshold (for the two heli loads).

Pantheon Private
- If your group uses less than 7.2 hours of helicopter time during the week we will refund the group $4,280.00 per hour on every hour of unused time below the 7.2 hour threshold. 3, 4, 5, and 7 Night Vertical Programs

3-Night: If you do not attain a minimum threshold of 34,000 vertical feet (10,400 vertical metres) skied over the course of your package; we will refund all un-skied vertical below this 34,000 vertical foot threshold at a rate of $55 per 1,000 feet. 4-Night: If you do not attain a minimum threshold of 45,600 vertical feet (13,920 vertical metres) skied over the course of your package; we will refund all un-skied vertical below this 45,600 vertical foot threshold at a rate of $55 per 1,000 feet.

5-Night: If you do not attain a minimum threshold of 56,400 vertical feet (17,200 vertical metres) skied over the course of your package; we will refund all un-skied vertical below this 56,400 vertical foot threshold at a rate of $55 per 1,000 feet.

7-Night: If you do not attain a minimum threshold of 80,000 vertical feet (24,400 vertical metres) skied over the course of your package; we will refund all un-skied vertical below this 80,000 vertical foot threshold at a rate of $55 per 1,000 feet.

Steep Skiing program

5-Night: If you do not attain a minimum threshold of 44,800 vertical feet (13,655 vertical metres) skied over the course of your package; we will refund all un-skied vertical below this 44,800 vertical foot threshold at a rate of $55 per 1,000 feet.

7-Night: If you do not attain a minimum threshold of 60,000 vertical feet (18,290 vertical metres) skied over the course of your package; we will refund all un-skied vertical below this 60,000 vertical foot threshold at a rate of $55 per 1,000 feet.

Rod & Ski Club

3-Night: If you do not attain a minimum threshold of 20,000 vertical feet (6,096 vertical metres) skied over the course of your package; we will refund all un-skied vertical below this 20,000 vertical foot threshold at a rate of $55 per 1,000 feet.

4-Night: If you do not attain a minimum threshold of 27,000 vertical feet (8,231 vertical metres) skied over the course of your package; we will refund all un-skied vertical below this 27,000 vertical foot threshold at a rate of $55 per 1,000 feet.

5-Night: If you do not attain a minimum threshold of 33,500 vertical feet (10,213 vertical metres) skied over the course of your package; we will refund all un-skied vertical below this 33,500 vertical foot threshold at a rate of $55 per 1,000 feet.