I stand at a viewpoint in Terrace, British Columbia, and understand immediately why the Tsimshian, one of the largest First Nations people in the area, have inhabited the valley for thousands of years. It’s big nature out here. I watch bald eagles soar above me, old growth forests unfold below me, and the towering Skeena peaks looming behind moss-covered cliffs before me. It’s the Skeenas I have come here for. I want to take in BC to the fullest and I, for one, am doing that by heli-skiing.
I make my way to find my guides, Owen and Ryan. There’s a group of us signed up for seven days of heli-skiing in the Skeenas, which sees an incredible amount of snow each winter and near-perfect conditions. We’re buzzing, eager to pile into a helicopter and James Bond our way into the mountains. Ryan walks into the room and doles out big Canadian hugs to each one of us. He motions with his head to the helicopter: “Get ready for the best day of your lives.”
Note: This author’s trip was independently sponsored by NEH Heli-Skiing.