Bella Coola Heliskiing
British Columbia, Canada
Bella Coola heliskiing is one of British Columbia's top operations offering small group skiing from three separate bases in huge terrain. Easy access from Vancouver maximizes ski time and makes it very attractive for anyone coming from far afield.
At a Glance
Direct Vancouver flights allow arrival day and departure day skiing for maximum vertical feet
Small helicopters mean faster and better skiing
Some of British Columbia's biggest, steepest and snowiest terrain
Meet our specialists
Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Bella Coola Heliskiing or take a look at our itineraries to Whistler and Ski British Columbia
Bella Coola heliskiing was set up by a group of ski bums including Peter "Swede" Mattson, Beat Steiler and Christian Begin. These passionate skiers spent years exploring British Columbia's steepest terrain and deepest snow before realising the potential of Bella Coola for heliskiing.
The snow in the Coast Mountains is almost unstoppable, averaging 20 to 30 meters per year and the 10,700km2 of terrain available to Bella Coola is accessed from three separate bases - Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Big Mountain and Pantheon. This part of BC boasts dramatic fjords and scenery that make a spectacular backdrop.
Tweedsmuir is the largest of the lodges and offers the most comfortable accommodation. Private double cabins surround the main lodge which has a dining room, games room, wine cellar, fitness room and outdoor hot tub.
For those seeking the most skiing for your money, Big Mountain shares the ski area with Tweedsmuir but being slightly closer to the ski area, flight times and costs are a little lower.
For the ultimate heliskiing backcountry experience, Pantheon is hard to beat. Sitting deep in the wilderness close to Mt Waddington, BC's highest peak, this private group setup takes heliskiing to uncharted levels.
All bases specialize in small group heliskiing which ensures similar standards of skiers and fast turnarounds.
One great advantage of Bella Coola is the access. The direct flight from Vancouver arrives at Bella Coola at lunchtime so, weather permitting, you can do your safety briefing over a picnic lunch on arrival and do a half day before you even unpack your bag. On the final day, this works in reverse, allowing you to really maximize your skiing and have the best chance of skiing the best conditions in the time available.
Treeline skiing allows you to ski even if the weather is marginal and Tweedsmuir is a great place to fish and enjoy the wilderness on the odd day when helicopters cannot take off.
Safety is a top priority as is demonstrated by the experience, qualifications and standards applied.
Bella Coola offers multi-day trips of 3, 4, 5 or 7 days. It also makes a great twin center vacation with Whistler.
Location & Directions
British Columbia, Canada
Tweedsmuir Lodge is in Tweedsmuir National Park, Bella Coola, British Columbia. Bella Coola Mountain Lodge (for Big Mountain) is closer to the aiport. Pantheon is deep in the BC wilderness and and accessible by helicopter from Bella Coola airport .
When to go
British Columbia benefits from some of the most regular and the deepest snowfalls anywhere in the world. The average seasonal snowfall at 1600m (5000 feet) is a spectacular 25 meters (75 feet), four or five times the average in most areas of the Alps. Winter temperatures average about 0°C during the day and -6°C overnight in the village with snow typically on the ground from Dec into April. Summers days can be quite warm, with temperatures reaching the high 20s.