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5 Tips for Heli-Boarding in Deep Pow

Posted by Jane Carswell on Oct 26, 2009 8:51:00 AM

Last week I had a beer with everybody's favourite CMH Shop Guy, Bruce Rainer and we chatted about how to get the best out of a Heli-Boarding trip.

Bruce had some great suggestions on little things that will make a big difference.Shredding with CMH

  1. If you are using your own board, set your bindings as far back on the deck as possible to keep your nose/tip high out of the pow.  This will save your front leg muscles.
  2. Bring a binding tool and check every screw and bolt on your board every morning, once at lunch and at the end of the day.
  3. Have a spare parts kit with you out on the hill for your board and bindings.  Make sure you have one of every screw, bolt, buckle, ratchet, ladder and strap.
  4. In deep pow, though it is tempting, stay within one or two turns of another ski or board track so if you hit a flat spot you can duck into it and maintain your speed.
  5. The secret to having fun in the pow is terrain recognition.  At all times be aware and look far ahead for terrain traps and potential traverse areas.  Stay near the back of your group and if you see your guide breaking trail, stop immediately, stay as high upslope as possible and let the group make a trail.  When they are done, and hopefully off the traverse, jet.  This will help you from having to unstrap and posthole and/ or walk and exhausting yourself.

Like everything in life, don't be afraid to ask questions.  Ask the shop manager and your guide for other hints, tips and suggestions that will improve your Heli-Boarding experience. 

What else would you like to learn from Bruce?  Who else would you like to hear from?  Drop us a line and let us know what you'd like us to investigate.

Topics: Heli-Boarding, CMH Heli-Skiing, CMH, powder skiing