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H.S.T. Does not Mean "Heli-Ski Tax"


The Province of British Columbia, along with the Government of Canada, have announced the implementation of a new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) which will replace the British Columbia provincial tax of 8% and the federal GST of 5% with one new HST of 12%.  This new tax will take effect on July 1, 2010.  While the amount looks smaller, in actuality the tax will increase the amount payable by foreign travelers coming to B.C. 

CMH Heli-SkiiingBecause of the way rebates are calculated by the two governments, this tax will have the effect of increasing the tax payable on a Heli-Skiing trip by 3.5%, on the total trip cost, over previous years when you would have paid a total of 2.5%.  In other words, after the Foreign Visitor’s Rebates, the total tax payable will be 6% rather than 2.5%.

Without getting into too many details there is a way to save you this extra tax if you pay for your 2011 Heli-Ski trip in full prior to May 1, 2010.  (May 1 is the deadline set by the government to not be included in the HST.)

If you pay before May 1, 2010 you will save 3.5% on your total trip cost.
In addition CMH will pay you another 2% Early Payment Discount.
By booking before May 7, 2010 you will receive the CMH Early booking Incentive of $100 per day for each day of your trip.
For example, let’s say you were booked from February 12-19, 2011 in the Bugaboos:

The trip price is: $11,195
The taxes after July 1 will be: $669.89
Total payable After July 1:$11,864.89

However, If you pay before May 1 your tax saving will be:$390.77
Your CMH Discount will be:2% or $229.48

Total Payable Before May 1:$11,244.64

PLUS: Your Early Booking Incentive Credit will be: $700

So don't delay, secure your 2011 Heli-Skiing booking today.  Call our Heli-Ski Experts at 1.800.661.0252.


Thanks for the information. I will look at this closely when reviewing my final payment on my Family Vacation with CMH's Summer Adventures.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 19, 2010 10:55 PM by Nancy
Under what circunstances is there a 2% discount and a $700 early booking discount. I am booked for the Gothics next December 11, 2010. What early payment incentives and early booking discounts apply and by what dates. Sincerely, Bill Goodin
Posted @ Friday, January 22, 2010 2:14 AM by Bill Goodin
This is another crushing tactic by the province of British Columbia and the government of Canada to limit Americans from enjoying skiing in Canada. The U.S. dollar is so bad in exchange that I hope more development for heli skiing takes effect in the United States. Our limits are being taxed to the max.
Posted @ Thursday, February 04, 2010 7:47 AM by Stewart Blay
Canadians now pay 5% G.S.T. With the H.S.T. we will have to pay 12%??? 
It would appear your Canadian clients have even more reason than foreign travelers to pay in full by April 30.
Posted @ Friday, February 26, 2010 7:42 AM by Margaret Eastwood
Are you folks trying to discourage people from coming? BC Provincial Government should get a clue; that is a thumping big tax hike. Hint, when times are tough, raising prices is a sure way to diminish your business. My guess is increased revenue will not result, as your business will be suppressed. Good luck, you'll need it.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2010 11:50 AM by Bill Pence
It looks as thought i have skied my last time in Canada,too bad I love it there I just cant afford it anymore...
Posted @ Wednesday, March 17, 2010 1:32 PM by Michael
Sounds good. Will do. Al Bekus
Posted @ Thursday, March 18, 2010 10:30 AM by Al Bekus
Another reason to not go heli skiing in BC.
Posted @ Friday, April 02, 2010 1:03 PM by Wade
wow... this will force us to give serious re-consideration to going up to Canada (BC) for heli next year.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 28, 2010 7:37 PM by COD
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