It’s official. Northern Escape is the World’s Best Heli Ski Operator. At last week’s World Ski Awards, we took the title and are celebrating right now! Our whole team of passionate mountain people, many of whom have been here for years, couldn’t be happier.
A big thanks to all our guests and friends who voted for us! It means so much. But winning the award also requires votes from the ski industry. That’s right, it’s not just a popularity contest. We needed votes from travel agents, ski media, tourism industry partners, and tour operators to make this happen. We are super grateful and humbled by this award.
“Winning this World Ski Award is the highest achievement in global ski hospitality,” says Sion Rapson, Managing Director of World Ski Awards. “I congratulate you and your entire team for your unrivalled hard work, dedication and commitment to strive for perfection and consistently raise the bar.”
Since our beginnings back in 2004, we’ve grown and improved every aspect of our business, constantly innovating and redefining what a heli ski experience can be. We were one of the first heli ski operators to introduce snowcat skiing backup, and still one of the few anywhere to have this service. So those storm days when you’d be sitting around the lodge (like those other heli operators) we get our guests out skiing.
Our big mountain, deep powder terrain in the Skeena Mountains near Terrace has the perfect combination of alpine runs, tree skiing and one of the most reliable snowpacks in the sport. Our terrain has long amazed ski writers, pro skiers and film crews like Matchstick Productions, who always tell us what a hidden gem we have here.
We’re also one of the first operators to make use of the Agusta Koala helicopter. This is the highest-performance machine in the industry, and we have guests who come back year after year for this reason alone.
We’re one of the few heli ski operations worldwide to be certified carbon neutral and have made further reducing our footprint a key part of our business.
And new for this season, we’ve upped the game on what a luxury ski vacation should be with our new ultra-luxe Private Package that features accommodations at our brand new Skeena River Ranch. This best-of-the-best package is pushing boundaries on the high end of the heli ski spectrum.
We’ve often been told by our guests that Northern Escape is BC’s best heli skiing, and now we can even say we’re the best in the world.
Our deepest thanks.
John Forrest and The Northern Escape Team