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
Amie Engerbretson shreds under a cloudless sky
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
Engerbretson scopes out potential lines on the topo map
Tyler Ceccanti drops in among the peaks of the Chilcotin Mountain Range
Ceccanti enjoys a cuppa joe on a down day
A quick 20-minute heli ride delivers the crew to its destination.
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:
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.
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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