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CMH: The Journal of The World's Greatest Skiing.

  
  
  

by Kevin Brooker

CMH: Journal of the World's Greatest SkiingSo much fun goes down in a CMH Heli-Skiing season. Recently we got to thinking, "Why don't we write some of this stuff down?" So we did. Behold, Volume I of a new publication devoted to our myriad adventures—one that's coming out, free of charge, in six different language versions. Consider it a yearbook of sorts, a colourful way to celebrate the season past and get revved up for the one to come. This year's edition, edited by Calgary-based ski journalist Kevin Brooker, is packed with words and images. Colorado's Topher Donahue, who wrote the history of CMH in the book Bugaboo Dreams: A Story of Skiers, Mountains and Helicopters, explains how European and Canadian guiding traditions—plus a decidedly international workforce—have contributed to CMH's unique culture. Vancouver journalist Steven Threndyle drops into a busy Monashees Week 13 to hang out with both the Warren Miller film crew and the K2 Skis product development squad, while Pemberton's Lisa Richardson explores the joys and challenges of Heli-Skiing from a female perspective. There are tales of history, gastronomy and technology, the story behind our beloved million-foot awards, plus a whole lot of smiling faces on both guests and employees as they pursue their passion throughout our 11 magnificent tenures.

            To order your own free copy—in your choice of English, German, French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish—simply shoot us your mailing address at info@cmhski.com with CMH Journal written in the subject line. Meanwhile, you too can play journalist. Got a question about why something is the way it is? Know someone worthy of a profile? We're all ears. Just drop your CMH Journal tip into an email at info@cmhski.com.

 

CMH Heli-Skiing to Rock Calgary with "Women in Winter"

  
  
  

Women in Winter with CMH Heli-SkiingGrab your girlfriends, your sister, your mom or your daughter. Join us for a FREE, fun afternoon and be inspired to stay active and play outside this winter!

CMH Heli-Skiing has partnered with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) and Ski Cellar Snowboard, to prove that winter is not a time to hibernate! Enjoy ski movies, fashion shows, personalized ski boot fitting, yoga and fitness demos, and more to get you in the mood for the upcoming snow season.  And maybe, just maybe, you'll win yourself a spot with CMH Heli-Skiing on our All Girls Powder 101 ski week or one of the other fabulous prizes donated by our generous sponsors.

Details:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Ross Glen Hall - Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning
Mount Royal University

4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB  T3E 6K6
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To RSVP and to learn more, visit www.cmhski.com/womeninwinter.

Hope to see you there, Calgary! Space is limited!  You must REGISTER ONLINE by Oct. 11th or call 1.800.661.0252

CMH Heli-Skiing Makes Going Back to School Fun

  
  
  

Hit the Slopes, as well as the Books!

At CMH Heli-Skiing, the beginning of the school year marks the end of summer, but the impending arrival of winter also marks a time to celebrate the joy of learning and the achievement of kids.  In this spirit, the company that invented Heli-Skiing almost 50 years ago is offering a variety of interesting and exciting trips:

Unloading Heli, CMH Bugaboos, Brad WhiteFAMILY HELI-SKIING VACATIONS

What better way to reward skiing kids over the winter vacation than with an amazing Family Ski Vacation in BC?  For those with 12- to 17-year-olds, this is the ultimate White Christmas.  Families begin the day skiing together, but kids can return to the lodge when they tire to participate in various fun, supervised indoor and outdoor activities -- including a climbing wall, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hockey and broomball, building igloos and snowmen.  Each evening, a family dinner is served with kid-friendly options.  Adding to the festive atmosphere, there will be Christmas celebrations, including a beautiful tree with presents for everyone in the lodge (and Santa may even show up in a helicopter!).

*Younger children are welcome but guests must provide childcare (a non-skier, “nanny” rate is offered)

 NEXT GENERATION TRIP

While anyone is welcome, this trip is designed to inspire the next generation of heli-skiers and boarders.  Skiers and riders 12 – 25 years old will receive a 50% discount for half of the guaranteed vertical when travelling with a full-paying adult.   CMH is offer four trips in March and April 2012.  Maybe the ultimate spring break ski trip.    At CMH we joke that we offer a new (and better) way for the next generation to get high! WARNING: Heli-Skiing can be addictive. Check out the video here:

And don’t forget…POWDER U!

Powder 101?  Powder 505?  Or maybe Powder 707?  Through our new Powder University, CMH offers courses for all levels – from those who are just discovering powder snow to those looking to hone their skills in the steep couloirs of the Cariboo Mountains and everything in between.   For those who have already been granted their M.D. or D.D.S.., CMH’s Med School offers health-care providers and other professionals with an interest in health-related issues a variety of CME Heli-Skiing weeks run by 4 different medical practitioners and covering a range of topics.   Powder U @ CMH was developed and is overseen by the “Dean of Deep Powder,” Roko Koell.  

Our cirriculum for Powder U will be expanding in the next few weeks.  To be informed of new courses, sign up to receive our e-newsletter.

How to save over 50% on your next Heli-Ski trip.

  
  
  

Guest post by Katie Coccimiglio, Reservations Agent, CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures

In talking with our guests I often get questions about potential discounts, special deals, offers and incentives on heli-ski trips. One question I am asked is “If I can get a group of Heli-Skiers together is there a discount”?

The short answer is YES!

Save 50% on your next heli-ski trip with CMH's Group Organizer Credit

We offer our guests a Group Organizers Commission which is a 6% commission of the published Heli-Ski trip price-before taxes. In order to receive the commission your group must consist of 10 or more skiing guests visiting the same area at the same time. There is a bit of a catch, we only offer this program at certain areas on certain weeks, BUT we do offer it on all Heli-Skiing trips at CMH Revelstoke and CMH Kootenay areas all season long.

What do you need to do to earn your 6% commission?

Well it is your responsibility as the Group Organizer to make the initial request for the groups Heli-Ski spaces with one of our CMH Reservations agents. At the time of booking we will need the names and addresses of your group members so we can send out all relevant documents, as well as individual credit card numbers or one credit card number for deposit on all spaces.

Keep in mind that if your group drops to 9 people or less, the group commission will not apply unless full fees have been taken from the cancelled space or you have found someone to replace the space (recommended!). Lucky for you CMH Reservations will handle all paperwork and final payments.

The commission will be paid to the group organizer during the actual ski week.  It your discretion what to do with the commission.  Some group leaders with share the with the group members and others use the commission toward their next Heli-Skiing trip with CMH.  

We cannot guarantee that your group will ski together. The CMH Heli-Skiing guides form the groups so they primarily consist of skiers of equal ability for the safety of our guests and their mutual satisfaction. Another great point is that you all do not have to be skiing in the same program! For example 5 of your guest could be in Powder 101 and the remainder on the Signature Heli-Ski trip.

So, how does this work out to 50% off your next Heli-Ski trip?

Here's the math:

Say you get 9 skiers, plus yourself to go to CMH Revelstoke February 18-25, 2012.  The per person price before tax is $8,050.

$8,050 x 10 skiers = $80,500

$80,050 x 6% commission = $4,830.

Your choice:  Use the $4,830 credit at the lodge towards extra metres, bar charges, shop purchases or massage services.  Or, as the Group Organizer, you can keep the credit on file and apply it to your next CMH Heli-Skiing trip. 

Now, here's the math you wanted to see: 

$8,050 - $4,830 = $3,220 is all you pay if you want to stay and ski February 25-March 3, 2012!

So, what are you waiting for?!  Gather up a group that would like to come heliskiing together, check out our Heli-Skiing Dates & Prices and then give one of us a call at 1.800.661.0252. 

PS: We also have a Group Organizer Policy on our CMH Summer Adventures.  Ask me for details!

Photo: Skiing Nirvana for you and 9 friends.  Heli-Skiing in the Bobbie Burns by Topher Donahue

CMH Heli-Skiing Launches Powder U @ CMH

  
  
  

Powder U at CMH Heli-Skiing LogoCMH Heli-Skiing is taking skiers “back to school” with the launch of Powder U @ CMH for the 2011-2012 ski season. Led by “Dean” Roko Koell, UIAGM and Professor of Powder, the curriculum at Powder U includes the courses skiers dream of:

Powder 101 - The Intro: These trips teach skiers everything they need to know to become a comfortable powder and wilderness skier. Each Powder 101 trip will include 10 skiers and 2 guides.  This allows us to maximize instruction time and help move you into the type of deep snow skier that makes for a returning CMH guest! The only pre-requisite is that participants should be strong intermediate skiers on hard pack snow.

Powder 505 - The Steeps: Designed for skiers and snowboarders looking for a challenge on seriously steep terrain. Powder 505 trips will run in late April 2012 in the Cariboos, when snow conditions are most stable and days are longer, offering better access to challenging terrain. Seeking the most challenging terrain available on any given day, CMH's guides offer expert coaching, finding lines that allow you to develop your skills without compromising safety.

Prerequisite: Participants must be strong, confident skiers or riders – comfortable on double black diamond runs at resorts like Whistler and Jackson Hole and able to cope with tighter terrain (i.e. couloirs). Powder 505 – The Steeps weeks are limited to nine skiers/riders (which will be split into two groups), with three guides and a Bell 407 helicopter.

Powder 707 - The Masters: Powder 707 has been designed to keep guests on the slopes for as long as the spirit is willing. While the passion for Heli-Skiing never fades, veteran skiers’ knees, backs and other bio-mechanical hot-spots do show signs of wear! These trips emphasize quality over quantity of skiing. Two guides and a maximum of 10 guests per group ensure a high level of personal attention. Powder 707 weeks will be offered throughout the season.

Prerequisite: A willing mind, even if the body is less so.

Med School: For those who have already been granted their M.D. or D.D.S., CMH’s Med School is open to all health-care providers and other professionals looking to aquire their Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits in health-related issues. CMH will offer seven first-class medical symposia throughout the 2011-2012 season.

Are you ready to go back to school? CMH Reservations can help you select the best courses to set you on the path to becoming a Powder U grad!

Special Pricing for the Next Generation at CMH Heli-Skiing

  
  
  

Over the last few days we have been sharing some exciting information on The Heli-Ski Blog about the 2012 season at CMH Heli-Skiing.  In this final installment we offer you an easy way to encourage your kids to join you next year to share your passion for the powder.

NEXT GENERATION WEEK  Have your kids made the grade?

CMH Heli Skiing, Next Generation trip in the BugaboosMark April 7-14, 2012 on your calendar because your kids will have it on theirs! This week of heli-skiing in the Bugaboos is open to any skier but if you have someone between the ages of 12-25 who wants to join you on your trip, they get to come up for ½ price, for ½ of the guarantee.

Price: $6600 for 7 days and 30,500 metres of skiing

Price for 25 and under: $3300 for 7 days and 15,250 metres of skiing.

Extra skiing will be charged at the normal rate of $110 per 1000 metres.

NEW DATES ANNOUNCED: The Next Generation Trip in the Bugaboos sold out in days!  We have expanded the program into the Adamants and will offer Next Generation - Adamants on April 7-14, 2012. 

Parents of children between 12 and 19 (19 is the legal age of majority in BC) are expected to ski with their children. As with all CMH Family Heli-Skiing Weeks this will be at the discretion of the guiding team.

Curious to learn more about Heli-Skiing with CMH? Contact the Heli-Skiing Experts at CMH Reservations: 1.800.661.0252.

And don't forget: Book your 2012 Heli-Skiing space by April 30 to qualify for CMH Heli-Skiing's Early Booking Incentive.

Are you a Powder Cowboy looking for no frills Heli-Skiing?

  
  
  

Over the last few days here on The Heli-Ski Blog, we've been sharing  news of some exciting new trip options that we have for 2012 at CMH Heli-Skiing.  In today's installment, CMH Kootenay.

CMH KOOTENAY  Save time, save money, and still ski the goods.

CMH Kootenay   No Frills Heli SkiingOkay, so CMH Kootenay is the southernmost of the 11 CMH tenures.  What does that mean to you?  Simple; it's probably the quickest commute for U.S. heliskiers who can fly easily and cheaply into Spokane.  Toss your buddies in a rental rig, then road trip and rally up the Arrow Lakes to Nakusp in just a few hours, with no gnarly mountain passes along the scenic route. Meanwhile, Kootenay heliskiing flat-out rocks. And the Kuskanax Lodge offers up great accommodations and great food in a funky small-town environment. We keep this program simple — no fancy frills, no turn down service, just rocking good skiing, great food and a young, party atmosphere with folks who love to ski.

And with plenty of Short Heli-Ski Trips (4 and 5 day) and Small Group Heli-Skiing trips to choose from all season long, it's hard to find an excuse not to ski Kootenay.

Kootenay 2012…holding the costs down so that you can get maximum shred for minimum bread!

Curious to learn more about Heli-Skiing in Kootenay? Contact the Heli-Skiing Experts at CMH Reservations: 1.800.661.0252.

And don't forget: Book your 2012 Heli-Skiing space by April 30 to qualify for CMH Heli-Skiing's Early Booking Incentive

Photo: CMH Kootenay, February 2011.

CMH Nomads: Do you dig skiing multiple awesome mountain ranges?

  
  
  

CMH Nomads, small group, roving heliskiingRecently here on The Heli-Ski Blog we have been spreading the news about some changes we've made to our heli-ski trip offerings for the 2011/12 season.  There's still more to come with today's post covering the CMH Nomads trips.

CMH NOMADS  Apparently skiers dig skiing multiple awesome mountain ranges in one trip. Who knew?

Only CMH Heli-Skiing can offer you the chance to ski through multiple heli-ski areas and across both the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges in search of the most stellar skiing available on any given day. These trips are the very essence of Heli-Skiing – exploring the remote reaches of huge mountain ranges and finding the best snow, just you and a few close friends and two very experienced guides. Everybody who tries it knows how ridiculously fun “Nomads” can be! Thus, in 2012 we will offer more Nomads departures than ever before

Nomads North: Based in the Gothics Lodge you will have your own 407, 4 skiers and 2 dedicated senior guides. In 2011 the average amount skied by all Nomads North skiers was an astounding 52,000 vertical metres with many going well past 60,000 vertical metres on a 7 day trip! You can join Nomads North for 4, 5, or 7 days, explore the far flung reaches of the Gothics, the Monashees and the Adamants, and ski as much as you want!

Nomads South: If you want choice, flexibility and luxury, look no further than Nomads South. Your home base is the beautiful lakefront property of Halcyon Hot Springs Resort. From here you can choose to ski with a Bell 407 with 4 or fewer skiers, or choose a Bell 212 for 5-9 skiers. Each group is led by two senior CMH guides. You can then decide if you want a ski program with unlimited metres or a trip with a guaranteed number of metres. And then there is the skiing! On top of all of that choice, your group has a wonderland of skiing options; from Galena to Kootenay to Revelstoke to the Bugaboos…always depending upon where the best skiing can be found.

Curious? To learn more, contact the Heli-Skiing Experts at CMH Reservations: 1.800.661.0252. Once word gets out, spaces won't last long.

And don't forget: Book your 2012 Heli-Skiing space by April 30 to qualify for CMH Heli-Skiing's Early Booking Incentive

Short on Time but Still Craving Big Powder Skiing?

  
  
  

Yesterday on The Heli-Ski Blog we started to roll out some big-time changes coming for the 2012 Heli-Ski Season here at CMH.  In today's installment we look at options for skiing less than the typical 7 days.

NEW SHORT TRIPS  Because, sad as it sounds, not everyone has seven days to go skiing.

Short Heli Ski trips with CMH Heli SkiingYou may be pressed for time but that doesn't mean you should have to live without your heli-ski fix! We have a four- or five-day session available for each week of the season in 2012 in at least one area.  This includes shorter stays on our new small-group heli-skiing trips in the Adamants, as well as five-day Powder Masters and Powder Intro trips in the Bugaboos and Signature trips in the Cariboos and Galena. And don't forget Kootenay, still plenty of four-and five-day options there.

 

 

Now that the time excuse is gone, satisfying that powder craving is easier than ever.

Prices start at $3450 for 4 days and $4250 for 5 days.

Curious? To learn more, contact the Heli-Skiing Experts at CMH Reservations: 1.800.661.0252.

And don't forget: Book your 2012 Heli-Skiing space by April 30 to qualify for CMH Heli-Skiing's Early Booking Incentive

Photo: Don't miss out on this just because you're short on time! CMH Bobbie Burns, February 18, 2011.

Small Group Heli-Skiing at CMH Adamant & Monashee Lodges

  
  
  

You may have heard the rumour. We're sweetening our 2012 offerings here at CMH Heli-Skiing. This post is one in a series of five over the next few days announcing some changes to the trips that we'll be offering in 2012.

First up: More Small-Group Heli-Skiing options for you to choose from.

ADAMANT LODGE  Just you and a few close, personal friends.

Small Group Heli-Skiing at CMH Adamants by Craig McGeeIt's been over 20 years since we hosted our first small-group heli-skiing program at CMH Valemount. Back then it was viewed as supreme luxury. This was the heli-skier's version of tooling around in a chauffeur-driven limousine. Our small-group trips have continued to grow in popularity, and nowadays you can enjoy them at Valemount, McBride, Monashees, Revelstoke and via the Nomads multi-area program.

But it's getting better!

We're delighted to announce the first CMH area devoted exclusively to small-group, small-helicopter skiing. For the entire 2011-12 season, CMH Adamant Lodge will be small group, powder paradise. We'll use two Bell 407s, each will handle three groups of five skiers plus your guide. The nimble little 407 offers supreme flexibility, and can easily handle the pace of the hardest-charging heli-skiers and heli-boarders. Meanwhile, if you don't have four friends who are as powder hungry as you, no sweat.  Join soon-to-be best buddies as a single or couple.  With two helicopters, six groups and six guides, Konrad and the other heliskiing guides at the Adamants will be able to offer a terrific range of terrain choices and group types – enough to suit any Heli-Skier on the planet!

2012 Trips = 2010 prices! Believe it or not, 2012 Adamant small-group parties will pay the same high-season pricing as 2010 — enjoy private nirvana starting at $8750 for 7 days!

 

MONASHEE LODGE Late season means more room to move and smaller groups, too!

Small group heli skiing at CMH Monashees by Fred HuserThose of you serious about powder skiing already know about the legendary reputation of CMH Monashees. It is, quite simply, the planet's finest location for skiing steep, 1500 vertical-metre runs in bottomless snow, through towering trees.

At the Monashees we typically offer our Signature Heli-Skiing model: four groups per Bell 212. And that works fine when the bulk of our skiing is very close to the lodge, allowing for an average of well over 46,000 metres of skiing per week for each guest. But as the season progresses and the days get longer, we are able to wander the vast tenure, skiing superb drainages that are further from the lodge. Therefore, to make the skiing program work at maximum effectiveness and flexibility, as of February 18, 2012, we will reduce regular groups to 33 skiers and add two groups of five skiers/ riders for small-group skiing in a Bell 407. The net result: you ski big days on big slopes.

Prices start at $10,990 per person for small group skiing and $7820 in the regular groups.

Curious? To learn more, contact the Heli-Skiing Experts at CMH Reservations: 1.800.661.0252. Once word gets out, spaces won't last long.

And don't forget: Book your 2012 Heli-Skiing space by April 30 to qualify for CMH Heli-Skiing's Early Booking Incentive

Photos: Small Group Heli-Skiing in the Adamants by Craig McGee / Heli-Skiing in the Monashees by Fred Huser.

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