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  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    The group fishing for King Salmon on one of the rivers around Bella Coola.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    Heavy rains and spring melt made for high water, and bad fishing, in between ski outings.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    Nick Paumgarten, Sr. trying to reel in a King Salmon dinner.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    Walking the plank over a small Bella Coola River tributary.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    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.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    Dwarfed by a Coast Mountain glacier.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    Getting ready to carve corn as the AStar helicopter lifts off.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    Crevasses are a danger on the glaciers around Bella Coola.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    Contemplating 1.5 million acres of skiable terrain in the Coast Mountains.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    The view from the top, during a rare break in the weather.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    Dropping in on King Richard, a 3,500-foot descent. Shortly after, Nick Sr. lost a ski and spilled to the bottom, without injury.
  • Photo: Paolo Marchesi

    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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