Northern Escape Heliskiing - Yellow Cedar

Heliskiing with Northern Escape is a fantastic deep poweder adventure. John Forrest, long-time and and experienced Heliski Guide, is leading the operation.  Experience the difference in the exceptionally light and deep powder of the coastal Skeena Mountains. The vicinity to the Pacific Ocean leads in these geographical lattitudes  to above average frequent and heavy snowfalls. Champagne Powder is  the result and almost daily standard throughout the winter. Sometimes difficult flight conditions are compensated  by top modern and comfortable snow cats belonging to the operation. Accordingly, no unproductive skidays have to be expected. Several tree and alpine descents belong to the best in British Columbia.

The terrain is challenging, however, with assistance by the experienced guides, can also be mastered by Heliskiing novices with an adequate skill set.

Yellow Cedar Lodge can accommodate up to 18 guests and is only 10 kilometers from Terrace. An excellent kitchen and friendly staff contribute significantly to the cozy atmosphere of Yellow Cedar Lodge.  

Terrain

NEH - Yellow Cedar
NEH - Yellow Cedar

The location, just South of the Alaska border, in remote Northwest BC, encompasses over 1.8 million acres of legendary glaciated, alpine and open tree skiing/riding. It offers one of the deepest and most reliable heliskiing snowpacks on the planet and, with Snowcat back-up, Northern Escape ensures you ski and ride it every day.

 

Mountain Weather

The Heli-Skiing program is greatly dependant upon weather, snow and avalanche conditions, factors of which Northern Escape has no control over and are difficult to predict. Therefore, Heli-Skiing is not always perfect and you should be prepared to ski in all conditions. In addition, the more fit you are the more you will enjoy your Heli-Skiing package with Northern Escape.

Accommodation

NEH - Yellow Cedar
NEH - Yellow Cedar
NEH - Yellow Cedar

Yellow Cedar Lodge

Yellow Cedar Lodge offers a comfortable atmosphere while providing all the amenities that you would expect from a secluded mountain lodge. The lodge was built by hand with Cedar cut from the property on which it sits, and the scent of the wood is refreshing and revitalizing. The scenery is breathtaking, as the lodge overlooks the world-renowned Skeena River and is surrounded by the mountains that Northern Escape is proud to call its tenure.  

The lodge sleeps up to 18 guests in spacious double or single rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. The open dining room and lounge allow guests to share their day and take pleasure in each others company. There is wireless internet through-out the lodge as well as a sauna, hot tub, weight room and cardio room. Enjoy the tranquility, experience a relaxed and renewed vitality.

Located only 15 minutes west of the town of Terrace, you'll appreciate the easy access from Vancouver, British Columbia.  You'll also enjoy the ability to ski/board all day, every day, even on transfer days.  With quick airport to lodge transfers , you will have a relaxed and simple start and end to your Heli-Skiing/Boarding vacation.

For apres-ski, relax in the cozy lounge with some late afternoon delicacies and drinks prepared for you by the chefs and bartender.  From there, indulge in a massage, a sauna or a soak in the outdoor jacuzzi to soothe those muscles, or enjoy a game of pool or darts in the games room. 

You'll enjoy gourmet dinners in the dining room prepared by our highly qualified chefs and divine wine service from the trained serving staff.  The chefs are all red seal certified and are hired on their skill, experience and "fit" to the Northern Escape adventure.  The menu is based on continental cuisine, designed to tantalize your tastebuds; serving a creation of original and inspired dishes taking advantage of the location in British Columbia's Pacific Northwest with regional specialties. In addition to the amazing culinary team, Northern Escape has an exceptional group of dedicated and passionate employees to ensure that the service level is second to none.

Heli & safety

NEH - Yellow Cedar
NEH - Yellow Cedar

 

Operations and Safety

Northern Escape Heli-Skiing has a comprehensive snow, weather and avalanche management system. The guides are continually monitoring and collecting snow and weather information in an effort to assess hazards and choose suitable skiing/boarding terrain for each group. The guides meet twice daily to evaluate this information, plan the day and share the information obtained during the skiing/boarding day.

Each helicopter is equipped with first aid, oxygen, avalanche, rescue and survival equipment, as well as GPS, a satellite phone, and a VHF radio to maintain contact with the lodge and the guides.

Northern Escape guests are equipped with an avalanche transceiver and Snowpulse airbag backpack and provided instruction in their use prior to skiing/boarding. In addition to the equipment carried in the guides’ packs, each group will carry additional safety equipment and a VHF radio capable of communicating with the guides and pilots. In the case of a medical emergency, both Terrace and Kitimat have fully equipped hospitals located within close ranges of Northern Escape lodges.

Northern Escape Heli-Skiing is a member of the British Columbia Helicopter and Snowcat Skiing Operators Association, HeliCat Canada. This association sets strict standards for operating a helicopter and/or Snowcat skiing area. Only by skiing/boarding with a member of HeliCat Canada can you be assured of certified ski guides who follow a strict set of operating procedures. In addition, Northern Escape participates in the Canadian Avalanche Association Professional Members Industry Information Exchange (InfoEx) between backcountry skiing operators and, together with other leading Heli-Skiing operators, Northern Escape sponsors avalanche research projects with the University of Calgary.

Getting there

The town of Terrace is reached via direct flights to and from Vancouver, British Columbia. You Heli-Skiing/Boarding vacation commences with your arrival in Terrace on the evening of the first day of your package. You should plan to arrive in Vancouver by mid afternoon on that day in order to make the connection to Terrace where you will arrive at approximately 19:10. A company representative will meet you at the airport and will accompany you to the lodge.

 

Travel Arrangements

Direct flights from Vancouver to Terrace, BC can be arranged with Air Canada or Hawk Air. Please arrange to arrive on the evening of the first day of your package. Return flights to Vancouver should be arranged to depart after 18:00 hrs on the last day of your package. Please provide us with your flight details and we will arrange transport to and from the airport.

 

Vancouver Accommodation

We recommend that our guests stay at either the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel or the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel while in Vancouver. We would be happy to assist you in making these arrangements. Please enquire when making your reservation.

Program

Upon arrival at the lodge you will check into your rooms and meet for an informal orientation to the lodge and its amenities. A brief orientation to the program will be accompanied by a glass of champagne and a light dinner. After a day of travel we are sure that your pillow will be calling soon. For those looking for a night cap, the lounge is open until 22:30.

Your first morning is busy with several safety briefings. A hearty breakfast is followed by an introduction to the skiing program and the weeks’ schedule. Northern Escape will review its skiing and safety procedures and their pilot will go through a helicopter safety briefing. All guests will be required to sign their Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement, a copy of which we will provide to you.

You will be grouped according to your skiing desires and abilities. Every effort will be made to keep groups that are traveling together skiing together. However, Northern Escape reserves the right to build the groups according to their safety guidelines. You’ll notice that this is a reoccurring theme in everything which is done; Safety First!

 

The rest of the week follows a more relaxed schedule:

  • 07:30                       Breakfast and guides daily announcement
  • 08:30 – 09:00          Helicopters depart for skiing
  • 12:00 ish                  Lunch – a hearty meal in the mountains
  • 15:30 – 17:00          Return to the lodge (weather and group dependent)
  • 17:00 ish                  Après ski snacks in the lounge
  • 19:00                       Dinner

After a great week of skiing/boarding and building friendships, you will celebrate with a night to remember. For the weekly guests, the last evening is a farewell dinner; a five course gourmet meal is followed by a DVD presentation which showcases the highlights of your Heli-ski vacation.

The last day of your skiing/boarding package is a full day. You will return to the lodge at the regular time and you’ll have plenty of time to clean up and change prior to checking out. A light meal will be served prior to departing for the airport.

Packages & prices

Dates

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Options

  • Classic Package
  • Yellow Cedar Lodge Private Package
  • Exclusive Semi-Private Package

Included

Classic Package (7, 5, 4 & 3 Day Package available)

  • Choose from 3,4,5 or 7  full heliski days 
  • Snowcat back-up; ski every day guaranteed
  • Transfers to and from Yellow Cedar Lodge
  • Accommodation (double occupancy with en-suite bathrooms)
  • Use of all lodge amenities
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Heliski Guide services
  • Use of Barryvox avalanche transceiver
  • Use of Snow Pulse Airbag
  • Powder Skis and Poles 
  • All other Safety Equipment

Yellow Cedar Lodge Private Package

  • Guaranteed flight time
  • Snowcat back-up; ski every day guaranteed
  • Transfers to and from Yellow Cedar Lodge
  • Private Helicopter
  • Two Private Guides per group
  • Private Chalet at Yellow Cedar Lodge
  • Powder Skis and Poles
  • Use of Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver
  • Use of Snow Pulse Airbag
  • All other Safety Equipment
  • Meet and Greet at Terrace Airport

Exclusive Semi-Private Package

  • UNLMITED FLIGHT TIME FOR SKIING
  • Private helicopter
  • Two private guides per group.
  • Private pilot, chef, concierge, & massage therapist.
  • Custom designed menu, wine list and bar menu.
  • Single room accommodation for eight guests.
  • One night Vancouver hotel on return. Choose either the Fairmont Airport or Waterfront Hotel – single occupancy.
  • Powder skis and poles.
  • All safety equipment.
  • Guaranteed Snowcat Back-up
  • Meet and greet at the Terrace Airport.
  • Transfers to and from your private lodge 

Not Included

  • Single rooms at extra cost are subject to availability. 
  • Taxes
  • Ninth and tenth person pricing (Exclusive Semi-Private Package)
  • Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Private expenses (massage, alcoholic drinks etc)
  • Tips for Guides, Pilot, Staff

Prices

«Experience the Difference!»


Season :

Early January - Mid April


7 Days starting from C$ 13'099 + Tax (early booker price)

5 Days starting from C$ 10'699 + Tax



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