Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing - Spirit Bear Chalet
The Tyax Lodge Heliskiing Operation offers skiing and snowboarding in 830'000 acres of fabulous terrain, providing magnificent mountain and tree sking runs. There is always something new to explore! Snowfall in the Tyax region is abundant and ensures usually plenty of fresh and fluffy powder. On a marginal day, seasoned guides know where secret snow stashes are hiding. Alternatively, plenty of other activities will keep you busy. Skiing Skill levels required are medium to high, with adequate fitness to exploit the great variety of skiing and snowboarding opportunities. The experienced guides will make sure you can maximize your skiing day, laying favorable lines tailored to suit your dreams.
The Tyax Wilderness Resort on the shores of Tyaughton Lake is around 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Vancouver. An easy way to get there is to fly in by skiplane.
The just newly renovated fabulous Lodge hosts up to 36 guests. High emphasis is laid on superior food and beverages. Friendly staff and lively guests add to an enticing and comfortable atmosphere.
TLH Heliskiing helps you experience Canadian backcountry heliskiing and snowboarding at ist finest!
The base for TLH Heliskiing is on the shores of beautiful Tyaughton Lake, approximately 125 miles (200 km) north of Vancouver, British Columbia.
The average annual snowfall at 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) is approximately 45 to 60 feet (14 to 18 meters) which leaves us with an average base of 10 to 12 feet (3 to 4 meters) of snow on the ground. It's not unusual to find over 16 feet (5 meters) of snow at higher elevations on the glaciers.
Temperatures are generally well suited for skiing and range from -5°C to -15°C (23°F to 5°F). At worst, there can be short spell of rain or periods when the temperature can drop to -30ºC (-22ºF).
Records show that during 75% of our season the snow conditions are excellent to good. However, you must be aware that helicopter skiing is not always perfect and conditions may occasionally be very challenging. Our guides strive to seek out the best conditions to be found on any given day.
On average, it is only about one-half a day per week that conditions prevent us from skiing or snowboarding.
Tucked away in the South Chilcotin Mountains lies the largest log lodge in the West. Nestled on the shores of Tyaughton Lake with views of snow-covered peaks up to 9,000 feet. Tyax Lodge will be your remote mountain home while enjoying some heli-happiness with us.
All our heli-packages include double occupancy accommodation at Tyax Mountain Resort. If you would prefer to guarantee yourself a single occupancy room, simply request a single occupancy room at the time of your reservation. Daily maid service is included for each room.
All rooms at Tyax Lodge include:
- one queen bed and one single bed
- en-suite bathroom and balcony
- Satellite T.V.
- hair dryer
Heli & safety
Safety is our first priority and as a result our clients have the opportunity to experience exciting and challenging skiing and riding with safety and enjoyment.
Helicopters and Pilots
Our guests enjoy the comfort and reliability of an 11 passenger, jet-powered, twin engined Bell 212 helicopter. For smaller private groups we use a Bell 407 helicopter. Our pilots are chosen to meet the same high standards as our guides and have a wealth of experience flying in the mountains. Helicopter maintenance is provided by our on-site team of engineers.
Our guides are chosen not only for their guiding skills and qualifications, but also for their enthusiastic and outgoing personalities. They are professional guides who have passed a series of comprehensive examinations to qualify them as members of the A.C.M.G. and the U.I.A.G.M., the recognized Canadian and International Mountain Guide Associations. They are experienced at balancing exciting and challenging skiing with the safety and enjoyment of the entire group. Our guides also participate in yearly refresher courses, both at TLH and as part of their ongoing training as certified mountain and Ski Guides.
Weather and snow conditions are continuously monitored by our guides and snow safety team. Terrain and specific runs are discussed based on the current conditions every morning. In addition, together with other leading heli-skiing companies in British Columbia, we sponsor an ongoing avalanche research project with the University of Calgary. In spite of our best efforts, there are inherent risks and hazards associated with helicopter skiing that are beyond our control and that you must share with us. It is therefore important to follow the directions of your guides at all times.
ALL guests visiting TLH will be trained to use the PIEPS Transceiver. It is an avalanche rescue transceiver with dual frequency functionality. Simple one touch button operation is intuitive and easy to use - even for the uninitiated.
We provide ABS packs for all our guests and insist on their use. You are welcome to bring your own but we prefer that you use ours as we perform weekly safety checks on each pack. An ABS pack contains a double airbag that inflates either side of the backpack when activated in the event of an avalanche. It is designed to minimise the chances of complete burial as it keeps your body in a horizontal and upwards moving position in the avalanche minimising the risk of injury.
Continuous radio contact between the pilots, guides and the lodge ensures reliable communication in the event of an emergency. There are always 2 radios in each group. One radio that the guide carries and another in the guest pack which is then worn by the last skier or rider in the group. The guest pack contains a radio, extra probe, extra shovel, spare gloves and hat, heat packs and a first aid kit. The guides carry emergency equipment in their packs, additional equipment is carried in the helicopters and there are several rescue caches within our ski area. If needed, two hospitals and additional helicopter bases are within 30 minutes flying time.
We recommend our guests schedule flights to arrive at the Vancouver International Airport to allow for a night in Vancouver or Whistler before their transfer to Tyax Wilderness Resort.
A combination of land and air transfer between Vancouver or Whistler and Tyax are included in all Signature TLH packages on scheduled dates and times, weather permitting. 2 & 3 day packages return by ground only to Vancouver or Whistler to allow for a full day of skiing on the final day.
• Vancouver Hotels: Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver
• Whistler Hotels: Crystal Lodge, Pan Pacific Village Centre or Mountain Side, Aava Whistler
• Helicopter Transfers: Whistler to Tyax (30 minutes); Vancouver to Tyax (1 hour).
*Helicopter transfers are based upon availability and minimum number of guests. Weather dependant.
• Private Land Transfers by SUV: Whistler to Tyax (4 hours); Vancouver to Tyax (6 hours).
The first day of all packages is a transfer day.
- You will arrive at the resort in the afternoon with ample time to settle in, familiarize yourself with your surroundings and make use of the resort amenities, including our brand new spa.
- Heli-skiing/boarding begins the following morning after a safety and helicopter briefing.
- On the final day, skiing/boarding will end at noon to leave time for checkout and transfers.
Packages & prices
- 7 Day Package (Friday – Friday)
- 5 Day Package (Sunday – Friday)
- 4 Day Package (Monday – Friday)
- 7 or 5 Days Small Group Packages
- Accommodation and the use of all resort facilitiesat beautiful Tyax Wilderness Resort
- all meals
- certified guide services
- the use of powder skis
- the use of safety equipment, including ultralight ABS bags and transceivers
- return ground and air transfer combination from Vancouver or Whistler
- unlimited vertical heliskiing/boarding with only one group per helicopter!