Meet Giacum Frei
Where better to build a heliskiing business than in the Hazeltons? That’s what Giacum Frei thought when he first launched Skeena Heliskiing in 2004. After all, the Hazeltons are surrounded by world-class mountain and river scenery and are rife with opportunities for extreme outdoor adventure. Hazelton itself is a wonderful small town that offers an affordable lifestyle, quick access to the outdoors, quality businesses (like the Skeena Bakery, one of his personal favourites) and services and all the free parking you could ever ask for.
Most of all, Giacum appreciates the people who live here. They’re what really makes the community great. Because the population is small, everyone knows everyone and people take care of one another. Not only do they care for their fellow community members, but they have a deep appreciation for their local business owners and the contributions they make to the culture and economy of the Hazeltons.
Giacum is an outdoors enthusiast himself, so operating a business that caters to outdoors lovers and celebrates the fun that nature provides is a dream-come-true. When Giacum is not busy making sure his guests have the time of their lives, he is off on adventures of his own, which usually involve hiking or fishing. He appreciates the ability that business ownership provides to do what he loves to do and to be creative and innovative, putting ideas to work and enjoying the rewards that hard work brings.
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Skeena Heliskiing takes ski and snowboard enthusiasts to all new heights. In fact, the area it services is one of the largest heliskiing areas in the world, measuring 9,525 km2. Guests will be accommodated for the duration of their stay at the Bear Claw Lodge located 50 minutes from the Hazeltons. For those with a taste for wilderness living, Skeena Heliskiing also offers stays at its new fly-in/fly-out Base Camp. Skiers and snowboarders are flown to their mountaintop ski destination via a B2 helicopter where they’ll begin their epic descent down the mountain. The Skeena Mountain range offers some of the most breathtaking and picturesque scenery in Canada, adding to the adrenaline rush and making your Skeena heliskiing adventure unforgettably thrilling.
All of Skeena Heliskiing’s guides are UIAGM or ACMG/CSGA certified and highly experienced both at guiding and at understanding and interpreting the Skeena Mountain range terrain and conditions. Skeena Heliskiing and its guides and employees are as committed to safety as they are to providing a memorable ski or snowboard experience.
Skeena Heliskiing is a member of the Greater Hazelton Chamber of Commerce, HeliCat Canada, the Canada West Ski Association and CAA.
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