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Meet Joe Flannery, President of CMH

  
  
  

“Quality.” Replied Joe Flannery, the new President of CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures, when I asked him what CMH is all about. “Quality of snow. Quality of experience. Quality of guides and staff. Quality of helicopters. Quality of lodges. Quality of the alpine ethic.”

president of CMH Heli Skiing

Last month I had breakfast with Joe in Denver, Colorado where he was attending the SIA trade show. I was thinking he might give me a laundry list of the changes he was planning with CMH, but before the waiter even poured coffee, Joe made it clear that his role was not to make a laundry list of changes, but rather to get educated about the complex workings and then to ensure the future vitality of one of the world’s most established and respected mountain tourism companies.

He did explain that there were some things he saw no need to change, including CMH operations in the field. “The product doesn’t need to be reinvigorated,” he explained. “The product is the best in the world.”

And Joe knows something about quality. In the three years after he finished undergraduate studies at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, he went from a financial analyst, to a startup employee, to a product director for Nike. He then spent a decade working for Adidas in Bavaria, the mountainous region in southern Germany, where he headed Adidas’ billion-dollar sports heritage division. After returning to the United States, Joe landed a job as the Global VP of The North Face, and helped the company to grow 300% during his tenure.

During his free time in Europe, the United States, and now Canada, Joe picked up a wide range of outdoor sports including skiing, snowboarding, surfing, rock climbing, mountaineering and cycling. As he puts it, humbly: “I’m a participant in all. Expert in none.”

To lead CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures, Joe moved his wife and six-month-old child from San Francisco, California to Banff, Alberta, to be close to the heart and soul of CMH. “There is so much energy in this company,” he said, explaining his reason for immigrating to take the job, “it doesn’t make sense to be the leader and not be there.”

After a second cup of coffee, he shared a simple three-part plan for, as he put it, “making sure CMH is as successful in the future as it has been in the past.” First, learn as much as possible about the legacy, the present state, and the future potential of CMH; second, dial in the CMH business model to a contemporary, nimble form to match the company’s strong legacy as it moves into the future; and finally, bring greater awareness to the world’s greatest skiing. Joe explained, “We have such a diverse range of guests that we need to customize our voice so it is right for all of them.”

He shared an example of his own learning about the current state of CMH: At the SIA trade show he chatted with Chris Davenport, the visionary skier who has won extreme skiing competitions and skied all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in a single year.  Chris joined CMH Heli-Skiing for a week earlier this season and explained to Joe that before the trip he didn’t think skiing with CMH was his kind of thing.  Chris went on to explain that the experience had exceeded even his expectations: “I was blown away.  It was one of the best skiing experiences I’ve ever had in my life!”

“Even a skier as well-traveled as Chris Davenport didn’t realize what CMH was really all about,” explained Joe, “that means we need to tailor our message a bit better.”

By the time we finished breakfast, I had the strong sense of Joe Flannery’s ultimate goal as President of CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures – to tell the world what CMH is really all about.

Joe concluded with a big smile: “It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Photo: Joe Flannery (on the right) with CMH General Manager, Rob Rohn, checking out the dreamy ski conditions of this season at CMH Galena. Photo by Mike Welch.

Are you a good enough skier to Heli-Ski? YOU BET!

  
  
  

Did you know that Heli-Skiing is not just for expert skiers? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to confirm you are an ideal candidate to become a Heli-Skier.

Helicopter and Skiers: Powder 101 with CMH Heli-SkiingAre you a strong intermediate skier?

You should be able to master blue runs at a resort ski hill. You would want your quads to be fit enough to spend consecutive days out on the hill and that you feel comfortable going on the occasional black diamonds. You don’t have to be the most graceful or aggressive skier at the hill to become a Heli-Skier but with these skills, you will get the most out of your Heli-Skiing experience.

Do you like to soak up the little powder on the side of a run?

I know I always try to, but it is very difficult to learn how to ski powder at a resort because there is just never enough of it! It doesn’t matter how early you make it to the hill in the morning, the snow is carved up fast. Powder turns must be learnt in powder. If it is your first time in CMH Powder, the initial turns may not be you’re most elegant, but it won’t be long till you begin to feel the perfect fluidity of your skis in all of that legendary snow.

Would you fit in?

Guests at CMH range in ages from teenagers to fit 70 and 80 years old and there is a wide range of experience and abilities.

A first time Heli-Skier just came out of from Bobbie Burns last Saturday and remarked.

“I was so nervous heading out on the first day; I really did not want to hold anyone else up. But the guides and the entire group were incredible that I felt comfortable right away. AND THE SKIING! That was the best skiing ever, I never even imagined that it would be that good!!”

Still have concerns that you are not an expert? Call us, and chat to one of our honest agents and they will let you know how you can rate your ability and help you choose a trip that it is appropriate for you. CMH Powder University offers Powder 101 courses for first timers (see video here) and Powder 707 for Masters. You could also book a private group or a family ski trip of a lifetime. Our agents can help you decide on the length of stay for your Heli-Skiing trip and to understand the logistics of arriving to the finest destination of Heli-Skiing in the world.

CMH terrain has been treated very well this season with a record load of snow in the Columbia Mountains (see our online photo gallery here!). Over 23 feet of fresh beautiful powder has already fallen this winter and there is no better experience than to leave your trailing mark on the mountain. Don’t delay any longer in booking one of these great trips that are still on offer for 2013.

CMH K2 Small Group – 3 groups of 5 - capacity 15 skiers
Availability: Feb 4- five days/Feb 14 – four days/Feb 28 – four days

Gothics Lodge: 3 groups of 11 skiers - lodge capacity 33 skiers/boarders
Availabilty: Feb 9- four days

Adamant Lodge – 3 groups of 5 in two helicopters – lodge capacity 30 skiers/boarders
Availability: March 16/March 23/March 30/ April 6/ April 13
 
Monashee Lodge Small Group – 2 groups of 5 and 3 groups of 5 in the Small Heli – capacity 25 skiers/boarders
Availability :  March 16

Galena Next Generation – 4 groups of 11 – lodge capacity 44 skiers/boarders
Availability: March 30 - seven days.  (Skiers under 25 ski for HALF PRICE) 
    

Gothics Powder 101 - Girls School- 1 group of 10 female skiers – lodge capacity 33 skiers/boarders
Availability: April 9 - four days                       

Private trips have availability!  You don’t need to be hucking cliffs or an expert to ski a private area, you just need to get a group together and go!  Private trips are available for 4–10 skiers at various areas including Nomads North and Nomads South.

Now that you have realized your potential, it is just a matter of making those sweet goals come true. Call us today and we'll see you in the Heli before the end of the season.

Photo: Powder Intro with CMH Heli-Skiing in the Bugaboos, by Brad White.

400km, 3 degrees lattitude, a million dollars - CMH Communications

  
  
  

One of the first things any CMH Heli-Skier learns is that, as part of CMH Heli-Skiing’s endless quest to make Heli-Skiing as pleasant and safe as possible, each guest is assigned their own radio and is trained in how to use it. From a user’s perspective, it’s easy, but behind the scenes, CMH communications are a marvel of modern technology covering almost three degrees of latitude and costing over a million dollars.

For an insiders view of the CMH Heli-Skiing communication system, I tracked down Bob Lutz, the Manager of Infrastructure at CMH:

ski guide radioTD: How does repeater communication differ from direct radio communication?

BL: Every radio has a receive frequency, Rx, and a transmit frequency, Tx.  When your radio is operating in what we call Direct Mode, the Tx and Rx frequencies are the same so you transmit on the same frequency that everyone’s radio is receiving on.  This works great if you want to talk to someone nearby, like your guide or other members of your group, but the small battery and antenna on a handheld radio can only transmit so far and certainly not through mountains to reach a group in another valley. This is where our VHF repeaters come in.

When you change your radio to Repeater Mode, only the Tx frequency changes so that you can still hear radios sending on direct, but you broadcast on a different frequency that only the repeater is listening for.  The repeaters have a much larger antenna, plus they are positioned up high to be able to cover a much larger area.  The repeater also has four to eight batteries similar to the ones in your car for power so it can re-broadcast your transmission much longer distances on the Rx frequency that everyone’s radios (including yours) are listening for.

This leads to the natural question of, why don’t we set the radio to Repeater Mode all the time?  For most of the communications between you and your guide the direct mode works well and there is the possibility you might be too far or too low to reach the repeater that might be 10km away when your guide is just 200m below you.  Secondly, the repeaters are in low power standby state most of the day but when they kick into gear to re-broadcast someone’s message they use a lot of power to reach as far as possible.  If they were running all the time the batteries would run out faster than our solar panels can recharge them.

Rocky in rime

TD: How do the repeaters support the remote internet at the lodges?

BL: Well, our remote lodges are too far from towns to make running phones lines or fibre optic cables feasible especially when you look at all of the avalanche paths we would have to cross along the way.  So for each lodge we had to find a location in a neighbouring valley where we could get telephone service and an Internet connection fast enough to support a lodge full of guests and staff.  Then we had to find sites with a direct line of sight to the lodge and that site.  The shortest leg is 6km and the longest is 31km.  The Bobbie Burns connects to phone lines and a fibre optic cable that are 73km away by the time you add all three legs together.

The phones and people’s web browsing use the same link, the trick is that there is device at the lodge that converts your voice into data packets to join the flow of Internet traffic, but when they reach civilization we convert the data back into an electric signal that we transmit down the phone line.

TD: What is the value of the complete CMH repeater system?

BL: Hmm... a lot of maintenance and upgrades have occurred over the decades and it would be hard to add all of that up.  If you had to rebuild everything from scratch, it would cost roughly $50K-60K per site so a little over $1,000,000 to manage our safety communications, coordinate the ski program, and let people connect to friends and family when they get back to the lodge at the end of the day.

TD: Where is the southernmost CMH repeater?

BL: CMH K2’s Kuskanax repeater at 50°23'54"N

TD: Where is the northernmost CMH repeater?

BL: McBride’s Mt Halverson Repeater at 53°15'30"N

TD: How much maintenance do they require?

BL: Most repeaters require one inspection visit during the off season but during the winter some of them need to be visited regularly to remove rime (ice) from the solar panels to allow the batteries to recharge.  With the Internet repeaters faster radios are coming out every few years so this summer we also went out to upgrade all of the radios that link the Bobbie Burns and Bugaboos to the Internet at Brisco.

BU   Kain Ridge Phone rptr

TD: How does the power system for the repeaters work?

BL: The VHF and UHF repeaters are all solar powered with several batteries similar to the ones in your car.  The Internet repeaters use solar power over 97% of the time but they also have propane Thermal Electric Generators, TEGs, as a backup in case the panels are covered in ice and for those weeks where it snows a lot during the day and they don’t see any direct sunlight through the clouds.  The TEGs rely on a principal where a small electrical current can be created between two different types of metal if there is enough of a heat difference between the two metals.  One side is heated by the propane flame while the other is exposed to the cool mountain air.  The Bobbie Burns system ran on propane for 961 hours last winter during the dark stormy days of December and January.

TD: When did CMH start using the repeaters for internet as well as radio?

BL: Our first attempts were in the summer of 2006 to try and connect Valemount and later the Cariboos to a farm house that was close enough to the Town of Valemount to get ADSL service from Telus.  Our Valemount lodge is farther than the 4.2km limit for ADSL service from the phone company’s central office in town.  In 2009 we realized that we could no longer find parts for our old telephone repeaters for five of the areas so we spent most of the summer of 2010 combining the phone and Internet repeaters into a single site that brought both services to the lodge much more reliably than our early experiments.

BB Dogtooth Phone and Internet Rptr

TD: Are the internet telephone repeaters and the radio repeaters always in the same locations?

BL: No, we position the radio repeaters to provide good coverage to our ski tenures.  This often means putting them up very high near the middle of the tenure.  The Internet/telephone repeaters are placed wherever we can get a line of sight to the lodge and a location with good Internet and telephone service.  We try to keep the Internet repeater sites as low as possible to reduce the electronics’ exposure to harsh mountain weather.

TD: How many repeaters does each area have?

BL: It varies from one to four.

TD: Anything else you'd like to add?

BL: We have three kinds of repeaters, VHF, UHF, and microwave.  The VHF repeaters are the ones most familiar to our guests that allow the lodge to talk to the guides in the field when they are skiing in the outer reaches of our terrain.  Most of our VHF repeaters have a set of UHF radios to allow one area to connect to a neighbouring lodge’s repeater to share information.  If you activate all of the UHF repeaters together it forms a radio link over 400km long, the guides in the Cariboo Range up north can talk to guides as far south as CMH K2 and the Bugaboos

Up until a few years ago, when we switched to telephone conference calls, this is how the guides in the different CMH Areas exchanged observations made in the field to give everyone as much information as possible about the snowpack.

The microwave repeaters are in separate locations and are used to connect our lodges to phone lines and the Internet at the fastest speeds possible regardless of how hard it is snowing.

CMH Heli-Skiing’s vast communication network is one of the many reasons that 70% of our skiers are return guests. For more information, contact CMH Reservations at 1 (800) 661-0252.

REVELSTOKE, BC: Don’t let the epic snow conditions pass you by!

  
  
  
Don’t let the epic snow conditions pass you by!
There is still time to book a heli-ski trip for 2013

 CMH Snow December 2012

The blogosphere and ski reports are lighting up with the best early season snow conditions North America has seen in years, setting the stage for what promises to be an epic year for skiers and boarders. As the company that invented Heli-Skiing more than 45 years ago and the largest heli-ski operator in the world, CMH Heli-Skiing has created dozens of winter experiences that help dispel some of the myths around deep powder skiing or boarding, making it more accessible than ever. And, with 11 heli-skiing areas in and around Revelstoke in BC’s Columbia Mountains, CMH Heli-Skiing encompasses more terrain than all the major North American ski resorts combined.

Myth 1: Every ski resort says they have the best snow and one destination is no different than the other.
Truth: The Columbia Mountains around Revelstoke have 162 cm (5 + feet) MORE snow than the best year in the last decade. This is huge. Also, the snow that is falling in the region has less moisture, which means champagne powder conditions. Another little known secret of the Columbia Mountains is the latitude.  Up here the sun is high enough in the sky to provide a full day of skiing, but low enough to not affect the surface of the snow.  This keeps the powder soft, even during clear weather. 
 
Myth 2: Only expert skiers can truly enjoy powder skiing.
Truth: The latest equipment has opened up the joys of powder to intermediate level skiers. It is more important to have the right equipment and guides on hand to lead you down some of the best ski terrain in the planet. CMH guides are among the best in the world and they work with every skier to determine the right powder skiing experience based on fitness levels and ability. CMH has designed Powder 101 intro ski weeks for those intermediate skiers unfamiliar with deep powder technique. Four, five and seven day trips are available throughout the ski season and range in price from $4,265 to $11,525 Cdn per person. 
 
Myth 3: Heli-Skiing is a man’s sport.  
Truth: Women should not be intimated by powder and Heli-Skiing. With the right equipment, the right guides and the right attitude, women enjoy deep powder just as much as men, especially in the light, champagne powder we're currently seeing.  Girl Pow(d)er is available as a women-only trip for those who are ready to rip, as well as Powder 101: Girl’s School for strong-intermediate skiers wanting to build their powder skills. These trips are offered for 4 or 5 days and start at $4,265 Cdn.  Bring a friend or we'll find a roommate for you, or maintain your privacy back at the lodge, but on the mountain each day, its just you and your crew, and your guides. CMH also provides specially designed women's powder skis, poles & all safety equipment. 
 
Myth 4: Heli-Skiing is not for families.
Truth: Skiing powder in Canada is an experience people want to share with their loved ones. CMH guides select terrain appropriate for the entire family, and sometimes take three generations skiing together. Seven-day, Next Generation trips introduce powder skiing to the younger generation – with the younger skiers (ages 12 - 25) paying half price when booked with an accompanying adult. Next Gen trips are offered in March and April starting at $8,215 Cdn ($4,110 Cdn for the younger generation skiers).
 
Family Trips are for families with 12 to 17-year old skiers, designed around the Christmas holidays (think 2013!)  Younger children who won’t be skiing are welcome (CMH has nannies available as these non skiers must be supervised at all times).   Families begin the day heli-skiing together, but kids can return to the lodge when they tire to participate in fun, supervised, indoor and outdoor activities (leaving parents to ski at their own pace for the remainder of the day). In the evening, CMH’s chefs cook up a grand family dinner with special meals for the kids. 
 
Myth 5: Fewer days heli-skiing is more cost effective.  
Truth: The value increases the more days (and therefore guaranteed vertical) you book, with one day Heli-Skiing often the lowest value option due to the safety orientation cutting into part of your one day. There is also the myth that when booking a trip, you must ski all day, every day. At CMH, the guaranteed vertical system only charges you for vertical when you’re skiing, and opportunities are provided to stop skiing early and enjoy the amenities of the lodges, including cross country skiing, common areas and a fireplace for socializing, full-service bar, expansive outdoor decks, shop for gifts and gear, sauna, hot tubs and massage service.
 
CMH Heli-Skiing trips include lodging, meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, transportation to and from Calgary International Airport for most trips, use of K2, Atomic and Rossignol skis and poles; a limited number of Burton snowboards are available. Guests are also trained how to use avalanche transceivers, and are provided with a CMH guest pack including shovel, probe and radio. 
 
Myth 6: Snowboarders and skiers don’t mix when heli-skiing.
Truth: CMH welcomes boarders on all trips – and guides instruct boarders on how to manage different conditions and terrain including: anticipating flat sections, not getting too low on traverses, setting bindings towards the rear for deep powder, carrying extra binding parts, and using ski tracks to your advantage. Many CMH guides will lead on a board when riding with a full group of snowboarders.

To know more, contact CMH Heli-Skiing at 1.800.661.0252 or via email at info@cmhinc.com.  Our Heli-Ski Experts are on hand seven days a week from 7am to 7pm and are happy to answer your questions, or pop a copy of The Journal of the World's Greatest Skiing in the mail for your coffee table. Don't let another ski season pass you by!
Photo: Kevin Boekholt, CMH Revelstoke

The year's top 5 gear tips for deep powder skiing

  
  
  

With the over the top (literally) snow we’ve experienced in 2012, CMH Heli-Skiers have been putting their gear to the test, and both experienced Heli-Skiers and first timers are wondering if their gear will be up for the demands of deep powder skiing. So to help out, I dug back through The Heli-Ski Blog archives and came up with the year's top five gear tips from experienced guides, staff and guests.

powder skiing gear#5 Don’t take new boots on a ski trip.  Skiers spend a bunch of money on new boots for their dream trip and then end up with sore feet, blisters, and simply don’t have as much fun. You’d be better off skiing in your old, comfortable boots than buying a new pair and taking them on your dream trip without time to work out the kinks.

If you have time to break in a new pair of boots, consider this: most people prefer a softer boot for powder skiing, and stiff boots just make the fluid motions of deep powder skiing more awkward and difficult for all but the world’s best skiers. If you are going to use custom footbeds, don’t retrofit them to your boots - get them fitted from day one.

#4 Use large, double lens goggles for powder skiing.  You’ll notice the ski guides all wear the big, dorky-looking goggles that allow lots of space between the face and the lenses. This keeps the warmth from your face from fogging up the goggles and work far better than the more stylish close-fitting goggles.

Also, double lens googles with ventilation holes in the lenses tend to fog more than the double lens models that are completely sealed. The idea is that the ventilation allows moisture to escape; the only thing better is sealed lenses that don’t let moisture get between the lenses in the first place.

#3 Wear puffy, warm gloves with long gauntlets.  Many stylish, streamlined ski gloves have short gauntlets that quickly fill with snow, or have too little insulation to keep the fingers warm in the deep winter of Western Canada. You don’t need to have a lot of finger dexterity for putting on your skis or snowboard and ripping deep powder. Many Heli-Skiers even use big mittens rather than gloves for the ultimate in warmth. There’s nothing more distracting from the fun of Heli-Skiing than cold fingers.

Each CMH Heli-Skiing guest is given a small pack to ski with, and while you don’t want to carry a bunch of extra stuff, putting an extra pair of mittens or gloves in the pack can save the day when you first pair fills with snow.

#2 Dress for action.  Sure, the best deep powder skiing happens in cold weather, but skiing deep powder can work up a sweat, especially if you're new to the game. Instead of wearing the kind of clothes you’d wear to sit around in extreme cold, wear what you’d need to go for a brisk walk or a easy jog.

Skiing bottomless powder and then jumping in a heated helicopter between runs is unlike any other outdoor activity. If you’re unsure, consult with a guide or other CMH staff - we all share the common goal of making your ski trip as fun and comfortable as possible.

#1 Don’t wear white!  When you wear white, you blend in with the snow and you make it harder for your ski partners and the guides to see you, and if you take a wrong even the sharp-eyed helicopter pilots will have more trouble finding you.

Save the fashion for the streets of St. Anton or Aspen, and wear bright colours while Heli-Skiing. In the 15,000 square kilometres that is CMH Heli-Skiing, there are a lot of places for a skier dressed in white to blend in.

Happy New Year to all you snow riders, and may the next 12 months be as fantastic as the last!

Some seasons these tips are just suggestions, but this year, with every CMH guest experiencing once-in-a-lifetime powder conditions, these tips are verging on essential. For more information visit the CMH Heli-Skiing Equipment Information page.

Want to be ready for your CMH Heli-Skiing dream trip?

  
  
  

Like most good things in Heli-Skiing, the need drives the innovation, and Pre Heli-Skiing, offered in Banff by Vertical Unlimited Ski Hosts is no exception. Last season, CMH veteran Kimbi Farrelly took a British family skiing near Banff before their maiden Heli-Skiing voyage in the Bugaboos. To start with, they didn’t really know which lodge they were going to. Kimbi said, “It was all neatly written up for them on their correspondence, but they obviously did not have the time or desire to read it.”

what to do before heli skiing

Personally, I like that British family’s approach - just sign up for the dream ski trip with CMH Heli-Skiing and get on with it. Why bother with the details, eh? But the family gave Kimbi the idea to start a program to help people get ready for their CMH Heli-Skiing trip. We all know CMH will take fantastic care of you on your dream trip, and teach you what you need to know while you’re out there, but Kimbi had discovered a valuable addition to the CMH Heli-Skiing program.

While skiing with the British family around the Banff ski areas, Kimbi found herself teaching them many of the things that would help them get the most out of their ski holiday:

  • She explained the kind of terrain they would end up skiing in the Bugaboos, and how the heli-skiing program works in the various terrain.
  • She went over the techniques for tree skiing, like the buddy system and leap frogging.
  • She showed them how to find a lost ski in the deep powder.
  • She showed them how to put on skis in difficult terrain and deep snow.
  • She coached them on how to approach difficult terrain.
  • She taught them how to get up after falling in deep powder.
  • She gave them pointers for how to conserve energy throughout the day and week.
  • She emphasized the importance of listening to the guide’s instructions.
  • She explained how to dress for a day of heli-skiing in various temperatures and conditions.
  • She showed them how to bundle their skis and poles together for the helicopter.

By the end of the day, Kimbi had designed the beginnings of an entirely new ski program.

After 12 years of working for CMH as a ski shop manager, in almost every CMH area, and accumulating over 8 million vertical feet of heli-fun, Kimbi knows what will help CMH guests get the most out of the vacation.

“Not only is this great for first timers,” she explains, “but it is also an add on for the returning guests that want to bring their families, or for groups of friends who want to get their ski legs underneath them; a lot of heli-skiers don’t have the time to prepare before their vacation and this is a great way to get the ski legs moving again.”

There are also some benefits that even the experienced CMH powder hounds would appreciate. Kimbi provides private shuttles from your hotel, and will take you on a tour of Banff’s “hidden stashes and secret spots that all the locals ski!” (Sign me up for that part alone...)

ski host banff

Besides Kimbi’s substantial fun hog credentials, she is also a certified Nordic and Alpine ski instructor. Everything Kimbi teaches will be explained by CMH guides as well, and repeated whenever needed, but joining Kimbi for a warm-up allows you to spend more of your concentration and ski energy simply enjoying the world’s greatest skiing.

For more information about Pre Heli-Skiing, visit Vertical Unlimited Ski Hosts or call CMH Heli-Skiing reservations at 1 (800) 661-0252.

CMH Heli-Skiing November Roadshow

  
  
  

Heli-Skiing in BC Canada with CMH Heli-SkiingHalloween is almost upon us.  The streets and stores are filled with ghosts, goblins and pumpkins, but at CMH our thoughts are focused on the upcoming Heli-Ski season and the reports of early snow fall in the areas is giving us itchy feet.  Twenty cms today in the Cariboos! 

 

Here's where you can find our team talking shop in the month of November, 2012.  Come on out and check out our new ski film, Ascension:

November 1: Kelowna, BC

Come see CMH K2 Area Manager Peter MacPherson at Fresh Air Concepts from 7-9pm. Details and RSVP.

November 1: San Francisco, CA

If you are south of the boarder you'll find JF Lacombe from the Cariboos with CMH's own Sarah Pearson at The Box from 7-9pm. Details and RSVP.

November 2: Denver, CO

If you didn't get enough of us at our big promo in mid-October, come see CMH Revelstoke Area Manager Steve Chambers and our Colorado rep Brad Nichols at First Friday at the Artwork Network. No RSVP required.

November 2-4: Portland, OR

The original CMH Rep & Legend, Fred Noble will bring his firey passion for skiing to the Portland Ski Fever & Snowboard Show all weekend. No RSVP required.

November 3: Vancouver, BC

Well, it's been ages since we've seen Vancouver, so here we come!  Join JF Lacombe at Skiis & Bikes from 7-9pm. Details and RSVP.

November 8-11: Boston, MA

This year CMH Rep Vicki Reynolds and John Entwistle will be raving about the snow along BC's Powder Highway at the Boston Ski Show. No RSVP required.

November 13: Chicago, IL

Sarah, VIcki and JF Lacombe gather in Chicago to talk skiing with the Windy City.  Join them at Lake Forest Sports Cars for an evening drinks, appetizers and ski movies. Details and RSVP.

November 29: Calgary, AB

A little closer to home, you'll find us at the Calgary Winter Club.  Stay tuned for details.

If we've missed you on this year's tour, drop us a note and we'll see if we can hit a little closer to your home in 2013.  Hope to see you out there!

Calgary's Women in Winter Event Educates, Inspires

  
  
  

There's no question that participating in winter sports is a great way to stay fit and enjoy the long Canadian winters, but sometimes choosing the right gear and learning how to ski or snowboard can be intimidating for many women. 

Women's Ski and Snowboard Event, Calgary“Being active outside during the cold months is a great way to work in fitness, stress relief and fun,” says Ellen Slaughter of CMH Heli-Skiing. “But learning about a new sport, and how to fit something else into our already busy lives can be overwhelming. We created Women in Winter as a way to get women in Calgary together to learn about winter sports in a fun, engaging place.”

Women in Winter aims to inspire women to stay fit and active and have fun throughout the winter, and to connect women with other women looking to get out into the mountains and play. This innovative event is the brainchild of the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) in partnership with CMH Heli-Skiing and Ski Cellar Snowboard, and hosted by Calgary media personality Nirmala Naidoo.

Women in Winter, encompasses many elements of winter sport; from fashion to gear fittings, as well as learn about various programs available at independent operators. Attendees will also be entered for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes, including ski gear, winter clothing, vacation packages from RCR and a grand prize of a complimentary spot on the CMH Girl Po(w)der 101 ski trip this March 14 - 18 in Revelstoke, British Columbia.

“The goal of Women in Winter is to get women out to share a fun afternoon with friends, to meet new friends, to be encouraged to put themselves and their health first by staying active and fit,” explains Jean Hunt, Manager, Ski Cellar Snowboard . “Too often women put themselves last - they often spend their time ensuring that their kids are participating in winter sports without discovering the pleasures and benefits of our spectacular mountain playground for themselves."

Women in Winter takes place Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Mount Royal University in the Ross Glen Hall. Parking is free, and the $5 admission fee at the door will be donated to the Canadian Avalanche Foundation. Space is limited – participants must register online at www.cmhski.com/womeninwinter by October 9, 2012.

CMH Heli-Skiing October Events Calendar

  
  
  

CMH Heli-Skiing 2012 Roadshow DatesThe snow has started to fly in the Bugaboos so that must mean that ski season is on it's way.  What that also means is that CMH Heli-Skiing is on the way to a city near you to spread the 'stoke.

We hope you'll join us for some good food, the launch of our new ski movie "Ascension" and some great ski chat with CMH Heli-Ski guides and our local reps. 

 

October 5 - Denver, CO

   -First Friday at the Artwork Network, 6-10pm.   No RSVP required.

October 11 - Washington, DC

   -Winter Kick-Off at the Navy Memorial, 6:30 - 9:30pm.  RSVP & Details here.

October 14 - Calgary, AB

   -Women in Winter in partnership with RCR and Ski Cellar/ Snowboard, 1-4pm.  RSVP & Details here.

October 17 - Denver, CO

    -Winter Kick-Off, Battery 621, 7-9pm.  RSVP & Details here.

October 19 - Marblehead, MA

   -Ambassador event with Dick Knight, 7-9pm.  RSVP & Details here.

October 25 - Montreal, PQ

   -Winter Kick-Off, 5:30 - 8pm.  RSVP & Details here.

October 26-28 - Seattle, WA

   -Seattle Ski Fever and Snowboard Show.  Details here.

October 27 - Toronto, ON

   -With Skiis & Biikes, 7-9pm.  RSVP & Details here.

CMH Heli-Skiing LogoWe hope to see you out and about this fall.  We have lots of great stories to tell, including the launch of CMH K2, Private Weeks, Women's Powder Intro and more.  Subscribe to The Heli-Ski Blog to stay ontop of our 2012 Roadshow Schedule - November dates to follow soon! 

The Coolest News in the Ski Industry

  
  
  

CMH Heli-Skiing + K2 Skis = CMH K2 Rotor Lodge

What happens when two of the coolest ski industry icons get together over a few beers in Nakusp, BC?  CMH K2, that's what. CMH K2 is a revolutionary Heli-Skiing operation that accesses the deep powder stashes of British Columbia’s famed Kootenay region.  With a revamped lodge aptly named the CMH K2 Rotor Lodge in Nakusp, BC, CMH K2 offers passionate skiers great skiing combined with K2's legendary mad-cap style of fun and excitement. What's more, every CMH K2 skier will get a free pair of their favourite K2's.  Sign me up, you say?  Read on!

Destined to join legendary names like the Bugaboos, Cariboos and Monashees as a world renowned heli-ski destination, CMH K2 will have heli-ski programs to suit any skier starting with K2 athlete hosted trips and ski testing with K2's in-house design team.

Kicking off in January, K2’s top athletes will host individual heli-ski trips, including:* 

Steep Shots and Pillow Drops- Learn from the best, in the best conditions.
• Jan.3-7 with Collin Collins
• Feb. 18-23 with Andy Mahre

Athlete Ski Trips- Perfectly sized groups for optimal group dynamics and plenty of fresh lines and fun to be had by all.
• Jan.7-12  - athlete to be announced
• Jan. 12-17 with Reggie Crist and Zach Crist<

Film School- Fine tune photo and film skills while capturing the most adrenaline-filled face shots to share with jealous friends at home.
• Feb. 4-9 with Pep Fujas

Women’s Trip- Where girls can be girls and get after it.
• Jan. 21-26 with Kim Reichhelm

* Each professional skier is committed to the trips as listed, but sometimes injuries or other circumstances may prevent their appearance on the trip.  Should that occur, CMH K2 will do the very best to have another prominent K2 athlete attend the trip.

CMH K2 Heli-Skiing

CMH K2 Demo Days Are Back!

In March CMH K2 Demo Days are back.  These sessions provide heli-skiers a chance to test a variety of prototype K2 powder skis. K2 designers will be there to offer demos and receive feedback that they will use to fine-tune the final product. As with all Heli-Ski trips at CMH K2, guests will earn a free pair of 2013-14 K2 skis. Demo-Days are scheduled for March 4-7, March 7-10 and March 10-13.

“Partnering with CMH presents K2 with not only with a world-class winter playground to test powder skis in the most ideal waist-deep conditions and endless terrain, but also gives our athletes and us a chance to connect with a broad range of skiers,” said K2’s Mike Gutt. “Specifically during the Demo Days, the skier’s feedback is applied to the development of the our powder and softer snow oriented skis.  It’s “Serious Fun,” the guests can focus on having “fun” and K2 focuses on the “serious” side of getting consumer feedback.”

“We're so excited about expanding our relationship with K2” said CMH's Marty von Neudegg. “The real beneficiaries will be our guests who are lucky enough to experience CMH K2 for themselves.  K2 will bring their leading-the-way technology, fun people and genuine love of skiing to CMH K2.”


After dreamy days of skiing endless powder throughout the 1,155 sq km heli-ski terrain offered within the Selkirk and Monashee ranges, skiers return to the CMH K2 Rotor Lodge to chill or partake in some K2-influenced fun. With easy access from Calgary, Kelowna or Spokane, the CMH K2 Rotor Lodge is perfect for passionate skiers looking for a quick heli trip with great terrain and funky, retro accommodations. 

And don't be surprised if you climb into the helicopter to find a Sasquatch stole your seat.

To learn more about CMH K2 and to book, check out www.cmhski.com/k2  or call 1-800-661-0252.

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