British Columbia

Last Frontier – Ripley Creek

Last Frontier – Ripley Creek

Ripley Creek Inn is located in the frontier town of Stewart, British Columbia, smack on the border with Alaska, along the Inside Passage. Stewart was first settled in 1896 and quickly grew into a robust mining community, but the mining boom was short lived. Stewart now has a growing tourist industry predominately focusing on fishing and bear viewing, and of course, extraordinary heliskiing.

Since the inception of the operation at Ripley Creek your guides have been a pioneering force in Canadian heli skiing. Though we don’t like to use the term “expert”, any guests considering a trip North to Ripley Creek should be seasoned all mountain skiers or riders with a solid history of enjoying the mountains.

The Heliskiing

Ripley Creek has fast become known for terrain that makes the heart thump. Steep tree runs that will leave the knees burning and glacial terrain so huge, you’ll wonder what planet you are on.

Focusing exclusively on the southern part of Last Frontier’s tenure, the terrain is very exciting and specialises in long runs on glaciers and in open bowls, as well as some of the most spectacular evenly-spaced tree runs anywhere.

Due to Ripley Creek’s proximity to the ocean, the maritime influence offers stability to the snowpack, allowing for more challenging lines to be pursued under optimal conditions.

Last Frontier - Ripley Creek Lodging and Operations

Base of operations in Stewart is at the Ripley Creek Inn and is home to both guests and staff with meals served just across the street at the Bitter Creek Cafe.

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, queen size beds with down duvets, telephones and TVs. The Bitter Creek Café has an historic feel with a bistro style menu. You’re assured of some fine eclectic cuisine and for those who are keen, some sensational seafood.

If the conditions are unfavorable for flying, there are many entertaining activities in Stewart. Go fishing on the Portland Canal, visit historic museums for a history lesson or check-out any or all of the three local watering holes for a chance to meet some of the locals that call Stewart, BC their home.


  • Only 3 groups of 5 guests in a small A-Star B2 or Bell 407 helicopter
  • Accommodation with en-suite bathroom
  • All meals and soft drinks
  • All guide services (A.C.M.G. or U.I.A.G.M. certified)
  • Powder skis and poles
  • Avalanche transceivers and ABS Airbags
  • Return ground transfers from Smithers or Terrace to your lodge

Why go?

1. Fantastic value for British Columbia heliskiing

2. Small groups of 5 guests per Bell 407 or A-Star B2 helicopter

3. Only 3 groups per helicopter

4. The largest single heli skiing area on the planet- Access to over 2.2 million acres of terrain!

5. Excellent late season heliskiing

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Terrain and Conditions

Mountain Range Skeena and Northern Coastal Mountains
Area 2,208,000 acres - 300 + runs
Skiing Elevation 2,000 ft - 8,500 ft
Average Snowfall @ 5,200 ft - 780 to 1,200 inches
Terrain Mix of high-alpine drop-offs and mind boggling tree runs.
Rates & Schedules 4 Day Packages starting at $5,990 pp; 7 Day Packages starting at $8,460 pp

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