Strap on your snowshoes and follow your guide on this incredible heli-snowshoeing adventure along the crater rim of an ancient, previously undiscovered volcano. Marvel at the infinite views of snow-capped mountains and rugged terrain as we fly deep into the Garibaldi Ranges of southwestern BC before arriving at our secluded snowshoeing destination. This experience has a seriously high wow factor and offers incomparable views of our beautiful province.
The adventure will begin from our base in Abbotsford on a scenic flight past Mt Robie Reid (2,095 m / 6,873 ft) and Mt Judge Howay (2,262 m / 7,421 ft). Enjoy endless vistas of rising peaks and aerial views of the region. The rugged landscape conceals our landing spot on this small volcano until we are almost right on top of it. For this reason, it has remained undiscovered for centuries until owner/operator Nick Drader first laid eyes on it in October 2015.
Capture the scenery through your lens before we touch down on the inner rim in some of the finest powder snow the West Coast has to offer. For safety and educational purposes, guests will be oriented on the area before we commence our day of winter fun. Strap on your snowshoes and follow your guide on an adventure to remember around the volcano rim, and admire the spectacular views that dominate the skyline in every direction. After you’ve had your fill of fun, return to the helicopter for a gourmet picnic lunch in the most picturesque setting. For the advanced backcountry enthusiast, bring your skis to sample the incredible powder (but remember, it’s a hard hike back up out of the crater)! This nameless extinct subglacial volcano is known as a Tuya and formed entirely beneath the ice during the last ice age. It is characterized by steep sidewalls and contains two distinct craters. During the summer months, this area is covered in many different types of volcanic rock.
The trip includes 45 minutes of flight time, up to 2 hours* on location, snowshoes, avalanche safety gear, food and drink from our locally sourced Lepp Farm Market menu, trip photos, and a guided snowshoe tour. Snowshoe season runs Dec 1 – May 30
*Time on location is subject to temperature and weather*