Bella Coola is a town and a valley in a beautiful section of British Columbia’s Coast Range, where the mountains rise from just above sea level to as high as 9000 feet. The summits are glaciated and the valleys below have flowing rivers with steelhead salmon and grizzly bears on the prowl (in the summer). And due to its abundance of snowy mountains, it’s no surprise it’s become a ski destination.
A group of us were lucky enough to have had an opportunity to ski out of Bella Coola for a few days. In a departure from our usual self-powered backcountry skiing, this was a heli-ski trip through Bella Coola Heli Sports. Eight of us made the trip up to Bella Coola Heli Skiing for five days and had sunny spring weather almost the entire time we were there.
We had powder on north faces, long corn runs on the south sides, lots of sun, which, after a long winter was nice. It finally felt like spring. Thanks to everyone at the lodge and especially the guides, Woody and Tim, and Graham the pilot for showing us such a great time. What a place. Here are some photos:
Wow! Looks like a fantastic time!
Well it feels like you’re cheating when you don’t hike for it, but it sure is fun to get to see and ski so much out there. And what a pretty spot.
Ted, Really great pictures! They tell the story. I particularly like the one of the skiier on the right advancing down,
with the rest of the group in the vale and the heli ready in the distance to take you off to the next adventure!
It’s called, “What a life!”
It’s a pretty fun way to go skiing.