Start Your Own Come Back Story
The reasons to go heli skiing are clear: deep, fresh snow on beautiful mountain peaks. Year after year, we take return guests back to fresh territory in the Skeenas. They keep coming back.
Finding new territory for old friends is easy, because at Skeena Heliskiing we have over 2.35 million acres (9,525 km2) of pristine snow waiting to be skied. Experience the freedom to explore a vast vertical playground of bowls, pillows, chutes, and tree skiing, whether you’re a new heli-skier or part of the extended Skeena family.
While bigger truly is better when it comes to terrain, vertical, and elevation, a smaller setting satisfies the soul when it comes to life at Bear Claw Lodge. The relationship our staff has with return guests is special. Some have been coming back since we opened in 2004. There’s always a roaring fire in the hearth, hearty food in the oven, and laughter in the air.
“The Best Place on Earth”
“I’ve been to Skeena Heli skiing five times and it’s the best place on earth if you’re a keen skier. The terrain is varied so you get it all. The guides are experienced and have great focus on safety. The Lodge is amazing. The staff is one of a kind. The food is top notch. All in all, the total experience is truly wonderful—that's why I come back every season.” – Tom
One of the Biggest Heli Skiing Destinations in the World
In the vast Skeena Mountain Range, we ski 2.35 million acres of wide-open bowls, pillows, chutes, and tree skiing. Every group is small. Unlimited Vertical. Rarely a down day.
From our wilderness luxury lodge, we deliver you to the top of the first run in as little as six minutes, and at most 15. Only a dozen (12) guests visit each week, and we move them around in different configurations (i.e. choose from 1 group per helicopter for the ultimate experience, or 2-3 groups for a more standard program). Whichever way it ends up, you will fly and ski with only three others plus a guide.
Come for the Skiing. Return to Family.
Bear Claw Lodge is a 15,000-square-foot timber lodge built on the Kispiox River, and on a legacy of gathering and good times. Floor-to-ceiling views. Home-cooked food with a culinary twist. An impossibly friendly staff. You’ll feel at home.
The Great Room and its crackling fireplace are only outmatched by the welcoming warmth of our staff. We share meals around communal dinner tables. An open-concept kitchen invites conversation and comradery. Occasionally the kitchen erupts in live music. It’s how we show appreciation for you. Everyone is welcome to join.
For those who seek quiet reflection after a day in the mountains, the lofted library brims with intriguing books and comfortable armchairs. It’s also the perfect place for a massage or well-earned nap.
One of the most rewarding aspects of heli skiing is sharing stories with others; an entertainment room downstairs features a river stone hot tub, a bar, pool table, foosball, and other games.
Easy to Get To. Easy to Stay.
We are an easy flight from Vancouver to Terrace, B.C., then it’s a little bit over two hours in our very own shuttle van to Bear Claw Lodge. Of course, you can take a 40-minute helicopter flight if you want to enjoy early views of Northern British Columbia’s forests, rivers, and mountains. Either way, you’ll be standing on a Skeena peak before you know it.
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“Heliskiing at its Best”
“Skeena Heliskiing is the place to go. Heliskiing at its best with only 12 guests, a beautiful lodge, food from the best, friendly and professional staff, and very experienced guides. There is a lot of varied terrain, from high alpine bowls and long glaciers to nice tree skiing runs. From day one, you feel at home. At the end, you want to go back.” – Sascha
Skeena Heliskiing is a member of HeliCat Canada.
HeliCat Canada is the trade association of the Canadian helicopter and snowcat skiing industry.
Their primary mandate is to promote the continual improvement of the industry through research, education, advocacy and overseeing operational guidelines.
For more details about heli skiign safety, refer to our Safety page.