Mountain Operations Manager
Paul Berntsen grew up near Vancouver. His early hobbies were kayaking, climbing and skiing in the Coast Mountains. To support his habit, he worked in logging camps on the BC coast and also various projects including ski patrolling, raft guiding, and smoke jumping.
In 1987 Paul became a certified guide, and has since worked both as a heliskiing guide in many mountain ranges around the world and also on projects like Hollywood feature films, mining camps and as a mountain safety consultant.
In 2001, Paul joined the Bella Coola Heli Sports team for our first year of operation. For Paul, this new operation, with its huge remote unexplored mountain terrain was a natural progression. With a perspective earned in start-up heliskiing operations in exotic places such as Greenland, Chile, and the Indian Himalaya, Paul feels that Bella Coola is the highlight of his mountain guiding career. “I am fortunate that Beat and Swede invited me to join them in exploring the tenure. I have the opportunity to work in one of the last remote and wild mountain ranges in the world. Here, surrounded by the highest peaks in British Columbia are wild unnamed glacier fed river valleys and untouched mountains. It offers the possibility to explore and discover new terrain for years to come."