Beginners Guide to Heliskiing

The ski and snowboard world is divided into two....

Beginners Guide to Heliskiing

The ski and snowboard world is divided into two. Those who have heli-skied and those who have not. Those who have taunt those who have not with tails of big extreme mountain terrain, endless powder and hard core turns. Those who have not predictably tremble in fear.

I am here to tell you the truth. If you can ski all the inbound commercial resort runs in Australia and New Zealand then you can heli-ski. The myth that heli-skiing is only for the criminally insane is kept alive by ski and snowboard feature films where the truly insane-for-a-living professionals jump from helicopters, teeter on the edge of 60-degree vertical slopes and race avalanches down the mountain. The truth, however, is far more tame.

With the Aussie dollar hitting over 99 US cents and already one for one with the Canadian dollar, now is the time to fulfill that heli-ski dream in North America this coming season. If you think you don't have what it takes, think again.

Read on for a beginners guide to heli-skiing [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

In a land B4 time...

New ride, more room, better ski day

eurocopter_b4TLH Heliskiing will be one of the only heli-ski operators to fly small groups in the luxurious Eurocopter B4 Helicopter this winter.  With more room in the aircraft for guests and all seating facing towards the front, all passengers will be able to enjoy the spectacular views with comfort.

Operations Managers at TLH Heliskiing have just confirmed that guests will now be flying in a new Eurocopter B4 helicopter from long term partner Wildcat Helicopters this upcoming winter season.  Guests coming to heli-ski or snowboard at TLH on either the Small Group package or the Private Platinum package will fly in this new state of the art helicopter, providing the optimal in comfort and safety.

Have Aeroplan will Heli Ski

Disneyland again or....?

Have Aeroplan will Heli Ski

Trying to figure out how to convince yourself to spend the cash on finally going heli-skiing? Ponder no longer! Aeroplan Reward Points and Bella Coola Heli Sports have teamed up to help you make it happen. Now you can trade your Aeroplan miles to go toward an epic heli skiing vacation. So start volunteering for all those business trips you didn't want to go and and stack up those points.

For details on this exclusive offer Click Here: Aeroplan Rewards for Heli Skiing

New Avalanche Safety from BCA

Protect your head, Prevent Burial

BCA-productsExcavation time is by far the biggest contributing factor in avalanche fatalities. By reducing or eliminating burial depth you substantially increase your chances of survival. The Float 30 is the first airbag that is both affordable and easily reusable. Back Country Access uses a smaller cylinder, single–chamber 150–liter airbag, and super–efficient venturi system to reduce cost and weight. The airbag itself not only helps prevent burial, but protects the head, neck and upper body from trauma. With its location behind the head and away from the hips and arms, it preserves the user’s peripheral vision and his or her ability to escape the avalanche before it picks up speed.
Click here for more info and a demo video of the BCA Float 30

New Icebreaker for winter 2011

Get your wool on

gt-260-pursuit-400pxWe just found our about some new stuff coming down the pipe from Icebreaker to keep you toasty and warm this season when you're out in the mountains. Icebreaker's Fall/Winter 2010/11 GT Range is designed to give wearers a compettitive advantage in high performance sports. Merino wool is paired with LYCRA for a technical fit and faster dry time while strategically placed eyelet fabric adds ventilation.

 Check out the GT line here.

Don't like the HST? Then don't pay it!

Great skiing deals this month from Last frontier

Last-Frontier-Heli-NewsletteIf you live in the CANADA and are looking to heliski in 2011, now is the time to book. Last Frontier Heli is exterminating the HST for all bookings made in October. That will give you a big 12% saving on your trip.  Also, the 1st 10 bookings in October will receive a FREE pair of skis. And not just any pair of skis either, a pair of the latest ARMADA or ROSSIGNOL skis worth over $800. These are some of the best skis for the job.  Check out the other deals for October. 


Get ready for the season to come

avalanche training and education, a key to making our sport safe


If you are interested in getting yourself educated , here is a great place to start. The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is a non-government, not for profit organization dedicated to public avalanche safety. You can start with their online avalanche course (it's free!) It's a great way to gain an understanding of avalanche safety basics or to refresh your avalanche knowledge after a long summer.  

The next step is an Avalanche Skills Training course. With an AST course you'll learn the vital fundamentals of travelling in avalanche terrain. For more info on the CAC or to get involved with their programs, visit them here.  

TLH, More Verticlal, Less Waiting

One group per helicopter

Photo Credit - Todd LawsonNew for the 2011 winter season, TLH Heliskiing will fly with only a single group per helicopter.

Combined with the unlimited vertical footage included in all heli-skiing packages, TLH guests will get to take full advantage of the 830,000 acres of skiable terrain.

That's a whole lot of vertical to eat up with a group of four Book early before it fills up!

Snowcat Back-up! = No down days

Northern Escape Heli-Skiing, with our location in BC's remote Northwest, has long been renowned for providing the deepest, most reliable, snowpack on the planet and, between you and me, all that deep fluffy stuff doesn't fall from blue skies... It Snows up here and it's Deeper up here!

With all that snow comes some inevitability difficult flying conditions. Therefore, NEH is proud to offer snowcat back-up to all of our heliskiing packages. Now, when the snow is falling hard and it's lying deep in the trees, you'll be enjoying some of the finest, deepest, powder skiing/boarding available thanks to our snowcat back up. Ski/board every day of your package – guaranteed!

Our catskiing area was created out of some of our best tree skiing terrain and encompasses over 6,000 acres, that's nearly the size of Whistler and Blackcomb ski areas combined. It offers everything from steep trees to pillows and open bowls with an average run length of over 2,000 vertical feet.

Should the weather clear enough to fly while we are catskiing, the helicopter will simply pick us up and we'll continue our day of deep powder skiing without interruption. Or, if we're heliskiing and the weather starts to turn for the worse, we will meet the snowcats and again continue our day seamlessly enjoying that deep powder. It's the best combination imaginable - Heliskiing/boarding perfected!

Northern Escape Heli Skiing