Art of Flight

Bearpaw Heli-Skiing; Sinclair Mills, British Columbia

Dec 5, 2011
Outside Magazine
Après-ski at Bear Paw

Après-ski at Bear Paw    Photo: Geoff Andruik

As a general rule, the farther you get from civilization, the better the heli-skiing is. By that calculus, it’s tough to beat Bearpaw Heli-Skiing, a brand-new family-owned operation in Sinclair Mills, an hour east of Prince George and nine hours northwest of Banff. It’s perhaps the world’s smallest heli-ski lodge: this season, two guides will lead four skiers at a time into a 1.2-million-acre playground encompassing four mountain ranges chock-full of 6,500-to-10,000-foot peaks. While the terrain is rowdy, the lodge’s vibe is decidedly mellow. Guests stay in refurbished historic cabins outfitted with log beds piled high with flannel sheets and Hudson’s Bay blankets. After a stint in the wood-fired sauna, gather for wild grilled salmon washed down with locally sourced wine. US$6,400 for three days; US $12,820 for six days.