The Heli-Ski Blog

I'm Going to Heli-Ski Heaven

Posted by John Entwistle on Feb 7, 2010 12:53:00 PM
Unbelievable Skiing!Very exciting news this week! After 4 weeks of employment here at CMH, I get to travel to Nakusp B.C. to heli ski at our Kootenay lodge. Now although I am working on the marketing team here at CMH and have learned much about the business, I have realized that I am still a "first timer". I have been fluent in the sport of skiing since the age of 2. For most of middle and high school I skied more than I went to school (this is not an over exaggeration). And yet, now with my impending heli trip, I am finding myself asking so many questions. What should I bring? Can I bring my own skis? What is the weather going to be like? Do I need to bring food? It seems that although I know the answer to all of these questions from learning all about CMH, I have all of a sudden become unsure of myself.

But wait a second... Skiing is what I do. Isn't this just a regular ski holiday but instead of chairlifts there are helicopters? Instead of lift lines there are steep lines? Instead of people all over the runs there is snow all over the runs? Instead of skiing the same terrain over and over you ski something different every run? Instead of going in for lunch a helicopter brings you lunch? The comparisons could go on... This sounds like something that anyone could do... It sounds exactly like skiing, but WAY more fun, WAY easier, WAY more convenient, and... Uh oh I think I have run in to another infinite list.

I guess what I have learned from this is that even the most accomplished skiers will always have doubts when trying something new. CMH is very good at dealing with your first experience. I just had one of our reservations agents come down to my office and explain exactly what would happen and what the details of my trip are. And although our reservations agents may not make a trip to see you in person, they are always available by phone or email to address any concerns.

One thing that I am worried about is the fact that heli skiing won't live up to my expectations. Ever since I was old enough to put helicopters and skiing together I have had the need to go. It has been building up in my head ever since and now it is finally happening. I can tell you that from the general vibe around the office that heli skiing is beyond what anyone can imagine. People who have worked at CMH for years have been coming up to me, people who have lived, breathed, and been heli skiers for longer than I have been on this planet are showing their jealousy. You would think that it would be old after they have done it for so long. That it would just kind of become part of the job. But no, heli skiing has to be one of the most addictive drugs on the face of the planet, something that will take years of counseling and other drugs to get away from.

I look forward to following up with this next week to let you all know about what happened during my three days in heaven! That is of course, if I come back...

Topics: CMH Intern, CMH Kootenay