The group fishing for King Salmon on one of the rivers around Bella Coola.
Heavy rains and spring melt made for high water, and bad fishing, in between ski outings.
Nick Paumgarten, Sr. trying to reel in a King Salmon dinner.
Walking the plank over a small Bella Coola River tributary.
The smaller AStar helicopters used by Bella Coola Heli Sports are more agile in the high country than those of some other heli ski outfits.
Dwarfed by a Coast Mountain glacier.
Getting ready to carve corn as the AStar helicopter lifts off.
Crevasses are a danger on the glaciers around Bella Coola.
Contemplating 1.5 million acres of skiable terrain in the Coast Mountains.
The view from the top, during a rare break in the weather.
Dropping in on King Richard, a 3,500-foot descent. Shortly after, Nick Sr. lost a ski and spilled to the bottom, without injury.
With limited heli operators in the Bella Coola area, and almost unlimited terrain, skiers are free to ski whatever line they wish.
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