One B.C. heliskiing operator is getting creative during the COVID-19 pandemic by appealing to Canadian residents.
Last Frontier Heliskiing, located north of Terrace, B.C. near the Alaska border, is offering half-price trips to Canadians as long as international borders remain closed. On Aug. 14 federal and US officials extended the American border closure to non-essential travel for an additional 30 days.
Should the border reopen they plan to return deposits for trips booked with the deal and operate with their regular international clientele. Canadian residents who paid the deposit will also have the option of upgrading their booked dates
“The Canadian heliskiing market has traditionally attracted out-of-country visitors,” said Last Frontier’s managing partner, Mike Watling. “With the uncertainty created by COVID-19 border closures, Last Frontier wanted to explore all possibilities to operate and keep our team working. If heliskiing is on the bucket list of any Canadians out there, this winter allows them to go big at a fraction of the cost.”
Those who book a trip will pay a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their seat at the company’s Bell 2 Lodge which can host up to 36 skiers a week. The total cost, should international borders remain closed, ranges from $4,690 to $8,190 depending on the length of trip and point of the season.
“We recognize that our plans do not offer Canadians a guaranteed chance to ski with us for 50 per cent off,” continued Watling. “If borders remain closed, our plans do open up the possibility for Canadian ski and snowboard enthusiasts to upgrade their winter plans for the experience of a lifetime.”
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