Location – 35km SW of Yellow Cedar Lodge

In this fourth installment highlighting our 12 unique heli skiing areas here in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, we will take a closer look at our South Shore heli skiing zone.

Northern Escape Heli Skiing currently operates a tenure of over 5,500 sq. km of heli skiing terrain. Each year we welcome guests from all over the world who travel here specifically to heli ski in Canada.

While our North Shore zone features 60% alpine skiing, our South Shore heli skiing zone offers up to 70% tree skiing. South Shore is located North West of Kitimat, British Columbia, at the head of the Douglas Channel and in the far Southern reaches of the NEH tenure. The South Shore heli skiing region offers a mixture of tree skiing and alpine terrain with Pacific Ocean views and a deep, powdery maritime snowpack.

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In our last post, we introduced you to Ryan Merrill, our ACMG ski guide and guiding operations manager. Continuing our “Meet Our Staff” blog series, we want to introduce you to Chad Hamilton. As one of our most important team members, Chad Hamilton is our heli skiing operations manager and has been with Northern Escape for 6 seasons. Get to know him:

Northern Escape Heli Skiing: How would you describe your job to a child?

Chad Hamilton: To my son I would say, “Vroom vroom honk honk.” I’m basically a rotor blade on the helicopter that is Northern Escape. But really, I would say that I have fun for a living!!

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Location – 20km SW of Yellow Cedar Lodge

Northern Escape’s heli skiing terrain covers over 5,500 sq. km near Terrace in British Columbia, Canada. Within our tenure, we operate 12 amazing heli skiing zones. In this third blog post highlighting our unique heli skiing areas, we will take a closer look at our North Shore heli skiing zone.

The North Shore heli ski zone is a favorite of many of our heli ski guides. Many of the big East-facing alpine ski runs offer consistent fall lines, glorious morning light, and exceptional variety for heli skiing or heli boarding. The North Shore heli skiing zone is home to the longest run in our Northern Escape Heli Skiing tenure.

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Location – 27km N of Yellow Cedar Lodge

(North end of the Promised Land ski region)

In our second post highlighting the 12-heli skiing zones within our 5,500 sq. km terrain in British Columbia, Canada, our Northern Escape Heli Skiing guides offer a closer look at our Catland Cat skiing zone.

At NE Heli Skiing, we want you to have the best heli skiing/ heli boarding experience possible. Our Catland Cat skiing zone is our Cat Skiing back-up area with over 50 km (31 miles) of snow roads and 7,000 acres of tree skiing. This Cat ski region is the place to be when it’s snowing too hard to fly our helicopters to heli skiing elevations. Every heli skiing package we offer includes a reserved seat in one of our 3 Snowcats! Our Catland Cat skiing zone isn’t used often (we average 6.5 days of heli each week) but when it is, it’s amazing skiing and riding in the old growth forests of British Columbia, Canada.

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Location – 20Km N of Yellow Cedar Lodge

Northern Escape Ski Zone

Out of 12 heli skiing zones within our terrain in BC’s Skeena Mountains, the Promised Land heli skiing zone is a favorite.

Northern Escape Heli Skiing in British Columbia, Canada, operates one of the industry’s largest terrains (5,500 sq. km), “Approximately 1/8th the size of Switzerland!”

The majority of poor weather heli skiing terrain we operate exists inside this zone. However, this steep tree skiing region also offers a large portion of the bread and butter alpine skiing. For our international guests, the Promised Land heli skiing zone is the ‘go to’ heli skiing zone.

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In this blog post, we offer a brief overview of our Northern Escape Heli Skiing itinerary. What does a typical heli ski day look like at Northern Escape Heli Skiing in British Columbia, Canada?
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Heli Skier In Deep Powder Tree Skiing

Tree Heli Skiing in BC Canada

In this post, we’ll look at the Top Reasons to heli ski in BC, Canada and why so many come from all over the world to heli ski with Northern Escape Heli Skiing.

Heli skiing was born in British Columbia Canada. Wintertime in Canada is Awesome! Did you know that over half of the world’s heli skiing operations are located here in BC?

Since 2004, guests from as far away as Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Italy, Australia, and the United States have come to heli ski in BC to spend some of their wintertime in Canada with Northern Escape Heli Skiing.

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Heli Skiing Helicopter Disturbs the Deep Powder On Liftoff

Hovering Over the Heli Ski Site

British Columbia (BC) Canada, where heli skiing was born, is blessed to be able to offer boutique heli skiing for nearly 5 months out of the year, from mid-December through to late April, depending on the location.

This is amazing when you consider that most heli ski locations around the world have a much shorter heli ski season – usually less than 4 months. In fact, in North America, BC has a longer heli skiing season than any location in the USA including Alaska!

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Heli Skier Looking Out Over the Skeena Mountain Range in BC Canada

Overlooking the Heli Ski Mountains of BC

When is the best time to heli ski in Canada?

Most Canadian heli skiing operations are found in British Columbia (BC), Canada’s western-most province. People have been heli skiing in BC for more than 50 years.

Although 75% of BC is mountainous, the warm Pacific Ocean helps to keep the weather quite moderate in the southern BC area of Vancouver. In Vancouver it rains a lot and temperatures rarely dip below freezing.

However, in the North Central region of BC, it’s a whole different story. At Northern Escape Heli Skiing in Terrace, just 2 hours easy access by air from Vancouver, instead of rain, it snows…a lot. The best time to heli ski in Canada, especially in Terrace, is between December and April when the average temperature  is down around minus 5 to minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 F).

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How to Ski Powder

In this post, our heli ski experts offer some deep powder skiing tips to help you get the most of your heli skiing experience here in British Columbia, Canada.

Deep Powder Skiing Through Snow Covered Trees in BC Canada

Tree Heli Skiing At It’s Best!

Our Top 5 deep powder skiing tips include:

  1. Using fat skis
  2. Terrain & Speed
  3. Creating a Platform
  4. Heli Skiing Stance
  5. Rhythm & Movement

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