A few years ago I had the pleasure of being in the Cariboos with a firecracker French guide who immediately made a connection with everyone she met. I was new to the company and feeling a little like a fish out of water and was grateful for the presence of CMH Guide Liliane Lambert who instantly made me feel at ease. As the tour wore on I watched her work her magic on the guests and I began to learn a few more things about Liliane that made her stand out as a very cool Powder Personality. I caught up with her after Christmas to get the facts on what led Liliane to CMH Heli-Skiing.
JC: Liliane,what made you decide to become a ski guide?
LL: 1995 I was telemark ski racing in Switzerland on a very icy course and I thought "What can I do for a living so I can ski every day and not run gates anymore?" I wanted to go ski powder and have fun. I used to teach skiing at Lake Louise and a few guides there told me what kind of mileage I needed in order to be an ACMG ski guide. I've always enjoyed being in the mountains but my real passion in life is skiing.
JC: What was the process you went through to get your guides certification?
LL: I started ski touring more and more and I did lots of mountaineering trips in the summer and winter. The biggest ski tour I did was Mount Logan in the Yukon and the greatest trip ever was a climb of Ama Dablam in Nepal. I did my assistant ski guide exam in the spring of 2000 and then CMH gave me a job (lucky me!) at Revelstoke in the winter of 2000 - 2001. I did the full ski guide exam in the spring of 2002 and I am still at CMH Revelstoke and loving it!
JC: I understand you have a new challenge in your life, your daughter Emilie. How do you juggle your career as a Heli-Ski guide with your responsibilities as a mom?
LL: Emilie was born on October 30, 2008. She is the love of our lives and we feel very blessed to have her. She is so much fun. When it comes to ski guiding and (my partner) Dominic working as a chef, well, we do it 50/50. When I am guiding he is with Emilie and when it comes to summertime, I go back to being a full-time Mom (and I love it!).
JC: Any parting words?
LL: All I can say is Life is great and skiing is so much fun!
Learn more about the CMH Guiding Crew and what it takes to become a ski guide. Join Liliane and the crew at CMH Revelstoke this winter and fuel your passion for skiing.