How To Get To Here
Smithers - Our Local Airport
Our local airport is located in Smithers, British Columbia, and is only a 1.5hr flight from Vancouver International Airport, and 4 hours from Calgary International Airport. Flights from Calgary International Airport are not direct and go via Prince George.
From Smithers it is a 1hr 45min drive via our shuttle van to Bear Claw Lodge. If you prefer, it is possible to book a helicopter transfer from Smithers for a spectacular flight that only takes 20 minutes.
If you are coming from Europe, we recommend that you book a flight to Vancouver with a Star Alliance carrier, that way your flight to Smithers and return will be on one ticket. This will make things easier on your return trip where then you can check in your luggage in Smithers and it will go direct to Europe with no need to handle it in Vancouver. Additionally if there are any delays or missed flights due to poor weather or any other reason from Air Canada, you will be issued a new flight.
Location: Bear Claw Lodge
Our main location and staging area is the gorgeous Bear Claw Lodge. If you want that cozy, luxurious, Canadian-lodge-in-the-wilderness feel, this is the place! For more information, see the Accommodation page.
How big is the area?
The Skeena Heliskiing’s area is situated in the heart of the Skeena Mountains. The total ski area is more than a whopping 2.3 million acres (9,525 km2), making it one of the largest heli-skiing areas in the world. That is 442 times bigger than Vail, and 288 times the size of Whistler Blackcomb! And in European terms, our ski area is over times larger than Les Trois Vallées.
Currently we have over 280 different summits we land on, adding up to over 860 different run variations.
The Skeena Mountain range has a huge diversity of terrain, from high vertical slopes to powder bowls with pillows and chutes as well as sweeping glades and an abundance of tree skiing providing more heliskiing opportunities during bad weather periods. Through Skeena’s geographical location and diversity of terrain, we consistently enjoy one of the lowest number of down days in the industry.
How far away is the first run from the lodge?
The closest run is a 6 minute flight. However, most of our skiing occurs within a 15 minute flight radius from the lodge. Weather and snow conditions typically dictate where we ski.