By: Aaron Whitfield, Terrace, BC.
Many heli skiing operators out there are offering Easy Access, but what does that really mean? Some of the worlds best skiing is accessed only by helicopter in the remote regions of British Columbia, Canada. Heli ski lodges are spotted all over the province and some are easier to get to than others, so getting to them becomes a major factor. With eager powder skiers and boarders coming from all over the world, the common denominator in access is an international airport.
The beauty about a heli skiing lodge such as Northern Escape Heli-Skiing in Terrace, BC, is that it is only a two-hour flight from Vancouver International airport. The lodge is located with an easy thirty-minute drive from the regional airport that has recently been upgraded with a modern radar landing system. This helps keep the airport open and the flights on schedule reducing delays and cancelled flights.
Most other heli ski operations are also accessed through Vancouver, BC, but others, it is from Calgary, Alberta. From Calgary, you then have to rent a car for the duration of your trip and drive west through the Rocky Mountains into BC, usually a four to ten hour drive, or get on a bus for an arduous journey. Getting to the lodge, or a meeting point, requires driving over two or more big mountain passes which often get treacherous and have closures during winter storms. Many of the lodges that are accessed from Vancouver, require a flight to a northern regional airport then a lengthy drive or bus ride from there to arrive at the lodge. The commute adds cost, plus time to your trip and usually cuts into the precious ski day.
When you are heading to Northern Escape Heli-Skiing and arrive in Terrace, you are greeted by Northern Escape’s friendly staff and whisked off to the lodge. No rental vehicles, no lengthy white knuckle drives through mountain passes, no overnighting, just sit back relax and enjoy the sights. Most guests are enjoying dinner at the lodge the same day they leave the comforts of their home. With the accessibility of Northern Escape Heli-Skiing, you are guaranteed a full day of skiing/boarding everyday of your package. Once at the lodge, it is a glass of champagne and great memories in the making. Plus, with Northern Escape’s huge terrain and huge annual snowfall, it is skiing/riding the deepest most consistent powder imaginable for the duration of your trip!