British Columbia: Bella Coola Valley

The group fishing for King Salmon on one of the rivers around Bella Coola. (Paolo Marchesi)
The group fishing for King Salmon on one of the rivers around Bella Coola.

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.

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(Paolo Marchesi)


Nick Paumgarten, Sr. trying to reel in a King Salmon dinner.

Kings and Corn
(Paolo Marchesi)


Walking the plank over a small Bella Coola River tributary.

Kings and Corn
(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.

Kings and Corn
(Paolo Marchesi)


Dwarfed by a Coast Mountain glacier.

Kings and Corn
(Paolo Marchesi)


Getting ready to carve corn as the AStar helicopter lifts off.

Kings and Corn
(Paolo Marchesi)


Crevasses are a danger on the glaciers around Bella Coola.

Kings and Corn
(Paolo Marchesi)


Contemplating 1.5 million acres of skiable terrain in the Coast Mountains.

Kings and Corn
(Paolo Marchesi)


The view from the top, during a rare break in the weather.

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(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.

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(Paolo Marchesi)


With limited heli operators in the Bella Coola area, and almost unlimited terrain, skiers are free to ski whatever line they wish.

Kings and Corn
(Paolo Marchesi)

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