Bella Coola

Ski resorts in Canada
Heliskiing provides access to remote terrain, and the Bella Coola Heli Sports company gets skiers and snowboarders where they want to go in British Columbia. Guests use one of the five lodges or a catamaran as a base point, from which they can explore some of the best alpine skiing and riding that the Province has to offer.

Getting "here" is simple, with customers driving or flying into Vancouver. Motorists will use Trans-Canada Highway 1 to reach the city and then transfer to local roadways to get onto Sea Island. Vancouver International Airport is the fly-in destination and the departure point for anyone using the Heliskiing services.

Award Winning Heliskiing Services


Heliskiing can be a logistical nightmare if not handled properly, so being recognized as the best in the business is a big deal. The Bella Coola Heli Sports company has won "World's Best Heli Ski Operator" from the World Ski Awards in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Guests using their services receive top-tier treatment, no matter the group size or package purchased.

British Columbia is home to 80-percent of the World's heliskiing market. Location is the reason, with the Province sitting between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east. That brings lots of moisture that turns to snow, with yearly snowfall averaging between 65 and 100-feet. The Bella Coola Heli Sports company operates in terrain that collects wet snow, making a safer base for downhill skiing and snowboarding on these peaks.

Visitors using the Bella Coola Heli Sports services have access to roughly 2.64-million acres of snow-covered terrain. That is 499 times larger than Vail and 90 times larger than Trois Valees. A total of 3.55-million acres makes the region visitors can explore bigger than the Swiss Alps.

Living it Up Lodge Style


Once visitors arrive at Vancouver International Airport, the Bella Coola Heli Sports company secures flights to either the Bella Coola airport or Anahim Lake airport. Guests will then take a shuttle or helicopter transfer to one of the lodging options. Packages sell for stays between three and seven days.

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge has ten private chalets and a lodge that holds up to 16 guests each week. Eagle Lodge has nine rooms (four singles, four doubles, and one triple occupancy), but the facility will host only 12 visitors at a time. The Pantheon Heli Ranch offers ten single occupancy rooms, including two in the chalet finished in 2020. Mystery Mountain Ranch has four rooms for multiple occupants, and Terra Nostra Guest Ranch offers four rooms also.

Dining and additional activities are available at many of these venues. A unique base of operations is the Bella Coola Catamaran, giving guests the ability to heli-ski from a yacht. From these base areas, customers have access to over 900 alpine runs, many of which range from 5,000 to 6,000 feet in length.

The highest peak the company flies to is Mt.Monarch at 11,663 feet, with Bella Coola having the highest drop-off location at 9,500 feet and the lowest pick-up spot at 3,000 feet. Once finished, guests will be returned to Vancouver.

Bella Coola Snow forecast

  • Friday
    0 ft
    Cloudy
    59°F
    2 mph
  • Saturday
    0.16 in rain
    Partly cloudy
    65°F
    2 mph
  • Sunday
    0 ft
    Fair
    69°F
    4 mph
 

Facts about Bella Coola

Vertical drop
Bella Coola Vertical drop
Highest Point: 4997 ft
Vertical drop: 4977 ft
Base Point: 20 ft

Country: Canada
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