Adventure

Highway to Heli

Behind-the-scenes photos from the Bella Coola segment of Warren Miller Entertainment's "Timeless."


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.Photo courtesy of Zach Almader
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.Photo courtesy of Zack Almader
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.Photo courtesy of Tyler Ceccanti
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.Photo courtesy of Zach Almader
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.Photo courtesy of Zach Almader
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.Photo courtesy of Zach Almader
Bella Coola helicopter
Bracewell’s guide, Klemen Mali, and pilot, Wayne Goodridge, scoping out potential locations to ski.Photo courtesy of Zach Almader

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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.Photo courtesy of Zach Almader
Amie Engerbretson skiing down slope in front of a videographer
Engerbretson shreds against a shadowy background while cinematographer Jeff Wright captures her on camera.Photo courtesy of Zach Almader
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 getawayPhoto courtesy of Zach Almader
Howard peak mountain covered in snow
Photo courtesy of Zach Almader

Howard Peak soars out of the surrounding glaciers and plays host to Ceccanti as he shreds a steep, snowy line. If you squint, you can see him ripping down the mountain early on in his run, not another soul in sight

Skier skiing down slope with could of snow behind them
Photo courtesy of Zach Almader

Amie Engerbretson shreds under a cloudless sky

Helicopter flying through snowy mountain range
Photo courtesy of Zach Almader

Talk about 360-degree views. The helicopter is barely visible among the magnificent alpine landscape before dropping photographer Zach Almader and cinematographer Jeff Wright off, allowing them to find their angles and set up their gear before the skiers dropped in

Amie Engerbretson looking at a topo map in a helicopter
Photo courtesy of Zach Almader

Engerbretson scopes out potential lines on the topo map

Mountain range at Bella Coola Heli Sports
Photo courtesy of Zack Almader

Tyler Ceccanti drops in among the peaks of the Chilcotin Mountain Range

Tyler Ceccanti holding a coffee cup in from of a mountain range
Photo courtesy of Zack Almader

Ceccanti enjoys a cuppa joe on a down day

Bella Coola Heli, Timeless, Warren Miller Entertainment
Photo credit: Zach Almader

A quick 20-minute heli ride delivers the crew to its destination.

Tyler Ceccanti sitting on old farm equipment with a dog in a snowy field at Bracewell's lodge
Photo courtesy of Zach Almader

Ceccanti and new friend Sasha explore the land around Bracewell’s Lodge. The lodge was established in 1918, and the current owner, Alex Bracewell, has lived in the area his entire life.

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.