A very exclusive, high-end ski lodge is nestled in the complete wilderness upon the Quesnel Lake surrounded by white sandy beaches – quite a memorable setting for a heli ski lodge! The Silver Tip Lodge is so remote; it is only accessible per helicopter on a 45-minute flight from Williams Lake, making your stay a grand backcountry adventure. Next winter this private heli-ski operation will open its doors for private groups up to 10 guests and with an average snowfall of 14 meters per year and 118 different runs you will be skiing fresh lines every run.
The lodge is located in the Cariboo range, the most northerly mountain sub-range of BC and this northerly location ensures great snow quality throughout the whole season. Heli-skiing in the Cariboos is a proven formula for success as the first two heli-ski operations carefully choose this range too already in the 1970’s. According to Willy, our Austrian guide who has been guiding in this area for over 10 years, an additional benefit is that the tree runs are naturally well spaced, no glading has been done and every time he proudly speaks about his “backyard” of nearly 1500 square meters, his face lights up. He ensures us that Silver Tip has some of the best heli-skiing terrain in the world. Knowing he has guided at several different operations we can't wait to experience this ourselves!
Who knew it was possible to climb into your private helicopter just meters away from the breakfast table? The adrenaline races through my body as the pilot clamps on his headphones and the propellers begin to rotate faster as formidable mountains loom in the distance. Our very experienced pilot Ben flies straight to a ridge, skilfully swings the tail around, and lands on a tiny plateau marked by a stick with orange tape, which turns out to be the landing zone. Kneeling, we watch the helicopter take off as the snow whips up and stings our faces. Slowly, the humming fades and a deafening silence fills the air. We are standing on a summit in the Canadian wilderness, miles away from the nearest ski lift or town. Everywhere we look, we see endless untouched powder fields and breath-taking mountains as we drop into our 700 vertical meter run. With aching legs and a massive grin I ski towards our "taxi", the sky is the limit!
Each run is more spectacular than the last; I’m completely high on life and can’t get enough of this heavenly playground.
In addition to drinking, typical après-ski activities at the lodge include fishing on the lake, hiking through the old growth Cedar forest avoiding the moose that sometimes hangs out right in front of the lodge or enjoying some appies in one of the comfortable chairs.
The majestic wooden lodge offers indulgence and comfort, including all the usual luxuries plus an outdoor hot tub with a lake view and a fully stocked bar. Every evening a three-course dinner is laid out for us. But if you aren’t careful, you might end up with a heli-belly with all that tantalizing food. Heli-skiing at the Silver Tip Lodge is not just all-you-can-ski; a more accurate description would be all-you-can-wish-for-and-more. Life just doesn’t get any better than here at the Silver Tip Lodge!