Highway to Heli

Behind-the-scenes photos from the Bella Coola segment of Warren Miller Entertainment's "Timeless."
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Black and white photo of mountain range with one ski track visible on one of the slopes

Amie Engerbretson makes her mark in some fresh pow. The team worked with a guide to make sure that when they found big lines to ski, the snow would be safe. This is one of the many winning spots they came across outside of Bracewell’s Lodge.

Amie Engerbretson skiing down slope

In head-to-toe pink and purple, Engerbretson is hard to miss against the walls of pure white she sprays as she shreds.

Amie Engerbretson and Tyler Ceccanti posing in front of snowy cabin in Canada

Ceccanti and Engerbretson mess around during a down day at Bracewell’s Alpine Lodge. The pair frequently goofed around during the week-long shoot, much to the entertainment of the rest of the crew.

Tyler Ceccanti performing a ski trick while on a ski slope

Ceccanti shows off his K2 fatties as he throws down a quick trick. The pro freeskier has been competing in freeride competitions since his earliest days at Washington’s Crystal Mountain.

Tyler Ceccanti and Amie Engerbretson hiking up ski slop carrying their skis on their backs

Did someone say breathtaking? Engerbretson and Ceccanti hike up to their designated drop-in point with some serious views as their only company. This was Ceccanti’s eighth Warren Miller film and Engerbretson’s third. Just another day at the office.

Amie Engerbretson and Tyler Ceccanti standing in front of horses in a field in front of a snowy mountain range

Engerbretson and Ceccanti make some four-legged friends on the way to Bracewell’s, located alongside Tatlayoko Lake. The horses greeted the pair at the fence, and Engerbretson, a horse lover, insisted they stop to say hi.

Bella Coola helicopter

Bracewell’s guide, Klemen Mali, and pilot, Wayne Goodridge, scoping out potential locations to ski.

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Sunrise over Alf Bracewell Mountain

From the lodge, the sunrise illuminates Alf Bracewell Mountain, a majestic peak named for Alex Bracewell’s father, Alf, a pioneer of the area. Alf Bracewell is known for helping carve 30 miles of the Freedom Road, a mountain pass in the Bella Coola Valley, in 1952.

Amie Engerbretson skiing down slope in front of a videographer

Engerbretson shreds against a shadowy background while cinematographer Jeff Wright captures her on camera.

Amie Engerbretson playing guitar next to Tyler Ceccanti inside a ski lodge

A candid moment between Engerbretson and Ceccanti in the living room at Bracewell’s Lodge. The lodge is quintessentially rustic, completely heated by wood, powered by diesel generators, and ideal for a truly remote getaway

Where to Go to get to Bella Coola:

Getting There

Bella Coola Heli Sports caters to skiers and boarders who have experience heli-skiing as well as those who don’t. Despite a truly remote and rugged location deep in the Coast Range, the heli op’s base is only a 70-minute flight north of Vancouver. There are numerous flight options out of Vancouver International Airport, and transfer flights to Bella Coola Heli Sports is included in most multi-day packages. Visit their website for info.

Lodging

Bella Coola Heli Sports is known for offering excellent small-group heli-skiing over 3.25 million acres in the Coast Mountains of B.C. Skiers lodge at one of five properties: Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Eagle Lodge, Pantheon Heli Ranch, Mystery Mountain Lodge, and Terra Nostra Guest Ranch. Bracewell’s Lodge, featured in the film, is not currently open to the public, but plans are underway to add it to the operation’s lodging portfolio in the future.

This article originally appeared in SKI Magazine's Special Edition for Warren Miller Entertainment's "Timeless," presented by Volkswagen. Find out more about the movie on WME's website.

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