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A filmmaker's take on working with CMH Revelstoke Guides

Posted by Topher Donahue on Dec 17, 2013 7:03:00 AM

When CMH Heli-Skiiing wanted to capture the excitement of the Revelstoke ski guide’s first foray into their Heli-Ski terrain this season, they hired Adam Greenberg, a backcountry skier and filmmaker based in Canmore, Alberta to create this short on the excitement of early season Heli-Skiing:

After watching his short (which I must say cranked up my psyche for winter!) I caught up with Adam to learn about his experience working with the CMH guides and shooting CMH Heli-Skiing for his first time Heli-Skiing. Here’s what he had to say:

TD: How was it being out with the CMH guides?

AG: I have previously made films about the slowness and beauty of ski touring, and I was a little apprehensive about what I perceived to be a somewhat less intimate way to experience the backcountry. I couldn't have been more wrong about that point; the guide’s knowledge of the terrain is incredible, and it's clear they have a strong relationship with the landscape. Their comfort and total happiness moving through the terrain was contagious, and gave me a chance to relax and appreciate it.

TD: As a filmmaker, what inspired the story you tell in this short film?

AG: What I admire most about the staff and guides at CMH is their ability to share those emotions and make you feel truly among friends. This quality helped transform my workday into a day out shredding with my buddies; though of course skiing with a big pack filled with camera gear always feels like work to some degree. As I saw it more and more, the guide’s honest elation at being out in the mountains and total love of the work they do became the focal point of my filming, and formed the visual story of the short.

TD: Can you tell me about any of the unique challenges of shooting in that environment?

AG: One of the biggest challenges of shooting in the mountain environment in the winter is managing moisture. A wet snowy day paired with sensitive electronics can be an absolute nightmare. Thankfully, we had a beautiful day to shoot, and the combination of sun and cold temperatures sucked all the moisture out of the snow (Not bad for ski quality either!). After several years hauling all my gear up peaks on my back, having the helicopter was a welcome change that let me focus on composing shots instead of wondering how long my knees will last.

Earlier, Adam made a compelling visual tour of CMH behind-the scenes during lodge setup for the winter season. Check out Adam’s website for more if his diverse work, and contact CMH Heli-Skiing at 1 (800) 661-0252 to spend some time with the inspired guides of CMH Heli-Skiing.

Topics: CMH Guides, ski film, Guides, CMH Revelstoke