Employment – Job Postings for the 2017-18 Winter Season


Looking for Heli Ski Guides 2017-2018

Northern Escape Heli Skiing has guiding positions available for the upcoming 2017-18 winter season.

Location: Terrace, BC

Job Description:  Ski Guides needed for fast paced, small group heli skiing programs. Guides responsible for providing a safe and enjoyable ski experience in a dynamic mountain environment. Full or part time positions available with preference given to full time.

Skills / Certifications:  Experienced CSGA Level 2 or Level 3. 80 hour First Aid certification. Class 4 driver’s license or equivalent. Strong skiing ability and customer service oriented.

Compensation: Competitive wage dependent on certification level and experience

If interested, please send your resume to;

Ryan Merrill – Guiding Operations Manager




COMPANY: Bella Coola Heli Sports & Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Job Address:
PO Box 616
Whistler, BC V0N 1B6
Job Type: Full Time
Job Status: Permanent
Job Level: Management
Job Description: Bella Coola Heli Sports is looking for an experienced Director of Guiding Operations to organize and oversee the daily guiding operations of our company. This position is full time, year-round and available for an immediate start.

Bella Coola Heli Sports has been in business for 15 years and has grown rapidly. Guests are now hosted at four separate bases with plans to add additional lodges in the future. In the past season there were 30 individual heli ski guides employed by the company and there were up to 6 helicopters in the air at any one time.

In addition to heli-skiing, the company also operates a summer guiding program based at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. Activities include heli-hiking, sight-seeing, and wildlife viewing. In particular, there is a very successful grizzly bear viewing program that runs from August 22nd to October 15th.

Position Overview:

You will be the one to ensure that our guide program is well co-ordinated by managing its procedures and coaching its people. This includes both the winter heliski guiding program and the summer guide program centered on grizzly bear viewing and wilderness experiences.

The current ski guide program operates according to all HeliCat Canada (HCC) guidelines and at each of the heliski locations there is a “Head Guide” in charge of the ski program and an “Assistant Head Guide” that is in charge when the “Head Guide” is not present. The grizzly bear viewing program operates according to all Commercial Bear Viewing Association (CBVA) guidelines.

The area of responsibility for this role is very wide and thus the ideal candidate must be able to manage many different kinds of guide related activities in conjunction with current strategy and plans as well lead a strong team of individuals. The goal is to safeguard the good work that has been done, further develop the company’s guiding program to accommodate rapid growth, while all the time ensuring the skiing experience and wildlife viewing experience are consistently world class.

The scope of the work is such that it will be necessary to build an effective team from the many competent people already within the organization. For this reason, the successful applicant must be a person with excellent management and people skills, able to nurture other people’s abilities while simultaneously overseeing a complex and constantly evolving program.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Planning and monitoring the day-to-day running of all aspects of both the winter and summer guiding programs to ensure smooth operations
Liaise with other company departments and managers to make decisions and set goals regarding operational activities
Hiring and supervising guides, conducting reviews, providing constructive feedback, nurturing abilities and identifying individuals to whom to delegate more responsibility
Scheduling all guide staff in consultation with the reservations and sales team as well as the lodge managers
Controlling and “signing off” on time sheets & invoices from all guides before it is submitted to payroll
Organize & lead bi-annual pre-season training for all guiding staff: one for the winter and one for the summer guiding programs
Organize & lead “off season” Head Guide meetings as required
Oversee and keep updated all guidelines related to the guiding program. This includes all ERPs & SOPs. Guiding standards need to conform to, or exceed, the HeliCat Canada and Commercial Bear Viewing Associations guidelines
Conduct reviews of the guiding program at each location during operational season to make sure everything is running to/above standard and that all guidelines are followed
Complete and file all reports related to the guiding program. This includes but is not limited to user day reports for FLNRO, HCC, BC Parks and WorkSafe
Complete end of season reports from each location
Manage the ongoing development of BCHS’s operational database with eventual goal of integrating it into the sales and reservations database
Create schedule and budgets to replace older guiding equipment that needs to be timed and track all guiding equipment inventories
Manage and create budgets for all special guide related projects such as: tenure mapping, maintaining remote fuel arrangements, developing additional remote fuel locations, on going and future glading projects, as well as remote camera and weather station development
Be a spokesperson for all guiding staff and represent the company at HeliCat, CAA and CBVA meetings and seminars


Proven experience as a Director of Guiding Operations or equivalent position
Excellent organizational and leadership skills
Outstanding interpersonal communication, motivational and people skills
Heli Ski Guiding background with knowledge of HCC guidelines (guiding grizzly bear viewing a bonus)
Excellent experience with computers, including MS Word, Excel, and Database software
Be able to work from our Whistler Head Office, or be able to demonstrate that this job can be done remotely (preference will be given to someone who can be based in Whistler)
Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

Salary: Competitive

Application Process: What’s In It For You?

Great team to work with
Opportunity to work with a company that has an excellent reputation and is growing rapidly
Competitive salary

To apply please email Beat Steiner at: beat@bellacoolahelisports.com with an Up-to-date resume & Cover letter telling us a bit about yourself and why you would be a good fit for this position
Deadline: Friday June 18, 2017
Post Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017






Position: Full time Level 3 Lead Guide with relevant experience to run our program

Dates: November 1 2017 – April 15th 2018


  • Level 3 guiding certification
  • Day to day management of a Snowcat and Heliskiing operation in Whistler BC
  • Snow and Risk management
  • Scheduling of guides
  • Co-ordination of Helicopters and Snowcats

To apply please email your resume and cover letter to Gord at main@powdermountaincatskiing.com

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