Great Bear Heli Skiing

In 2019, after close to 60 years of operating the Lower Dean River Lodge, we expanded our focus from guiding anglers on the wild steelhead and salmon runs of the mighty Dean River, to the mountains and glaciers far above. After several years of preparation and planning, we are incredibly excited to bring this long-held dream to fruition and are proud to announce that we will be welcoming our first guests on February 4th, 2022.

We’ve assembled something of a dream team comprised of industry professionals, friends and family to breathe life into this bold and exciting project. Our guides, pilots, lodge staff & management team bring with them decades of experience and a personal commitment to excellence in all aspects of the guest experience. You’ll see all the faces below at the lodge next winter, plus a number of others - hand-picked to help make your time with us nothing short of spectacular.
 
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email: jeff@greatbearheliskiing.com

Call  Jeff : 406-223-3689

The Skiing

We are ideally situated on the interior side of the Central Coast Mountain range, where we ride the divide between East and West. When the weather is fine, we head west into the snow zone ~ big glaciers, big alpine, big mountain snowpacks; when the coastal weather is doing it’s thing, we head East into the cooler and relatively dryer side of the Chilcotin Plateau, where naturally treed glades and burnt forests allow for amazing poor weather powder skiing within a 3-minute flight from the lodge.
 

Accommodations

The guest cabins are constructed with the same care and attention to detail as the lodge with cedar, fir and stone - complete with heated bathroom floor tiles, a cozy sitting area facing the river, wool carpets, bottomless down duvets, plump pillows and a cheerful cast iron heater. On  this trip expect five star lodging, service and cuisine. Nothing beats the Dean for comfort in some of the most pristine wilderness that British Columbia has to offer.
 


Rates

$8,950 per person /week Sunday-Sunday.
Excluded is transportation to Anchorage/Dillingham/Anchorage, personal gear, rods, reels, liquor, fishing license, King stamp and gratuities. Group rates are available.Anchorage or Dillingham due to weather delays getting to the lodge, are not our responsibility.
 

Gear

Fly: Combo of 6 and 8 wt. fly rod or a 5 and 7 wt. works well. Conventional: Lightweight rod/reel combo for smaller fish, and a medium action rod (6-7 ft.) for salmon. The lightweight reel should hold 150 yds. of 6-8 lb. mono. Salmon reels should hold at least 150 yds. of 12-15 lb. mono.
 
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Why Great Bear?

Hosting just 10-12 guests per week, the Royal Coachman guides/pilots have the flexibility to go the best fishing locations for what you want to fish, not where a “pre-determined schedule” dictates. The lodge experience is defined as a small venue with a flexible and personable staff. Decide whether to fish for 25-lb. pike on the surface, fresh sea lice-covered salmon near the coast, or hike small creeks for arctic char in mountain lake streams.

Itinerary in brief

Arrival day:

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Monday – Saturday:

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Departure Day:

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