Summer? But I like Heli Skiing in the WINTER...
Today I am wearing shorts. Yes that is right, shorts... It is still April, and this is still Banff and it is 16 degrees Celsius (which for all of you Fahrenheit folk, is about 60.8 degrees). And sunny!(Which you can see by the terrible quality of the picture I just took with my phone to the right). So how on earth am I still supposed to be thinking about skiing!? After all, this is a ski company right?
Over the last couple of weeks, we here at CMH have slowly begun transitioning from our winter operations to focus on our brand new, Summer Adventures. Now, when I first started working for this company, I was unbelievably excited that I would finally get to work for a heli-skiing company. And not just any heli-skiing company... but the company that started it all! I did however wonder what people around here do in the summer time. I mean, with no skiing, surely there isn't much to do. And the worst part, is that over the winter I started developing theories as to what it is that these people do over the summer.
I mean, what do people at the largest heli-ski company in the world do to pass time in the summer... does our marketing guru Marty catch up on the latest gossip from US Weekly or People Magazine. Surely the stories he has to share about Hollywood in our weekly meetings have to come from somewhere... Or Tanya, reservations agent extraordinaire, well surely she must practice talking all summer, for I am not sure that it is possible to talk that fast without practice. Then there were some more obvious ones, such as Lori, our lovely marketing assistant who, when she comes out of hibernation around mid april, goes to Mexico, then back to hibernation at the beginning of May. Does Patty walk the highway searching for animals in need of being saved? Sarah must drive her kids around the world several times. Jane probably schemes about brilliant blog posts for the upcoming winter. And Jason, well Jason works from home a lot, so maybe he stays there to enjoy whatever makes home so appealing to him in the winter. To sum it all up, I really had no idea what I would be doing all summer. Sure I had heard of this "heli-hiking" thing... but who cares... Heli-skiing is way cooler!
And oh boy was I wrong... Although everyone might do these things in their spare time, they are one of the hardest working groups of people I have ever been around. And this spring, I got to see the summer team in full swing as we prepared to launch our Summer Adventures program.
"Summer adventures" is much more than heli-hiking, which as it turns out, is not so boring after all. Being swept in to the vast British Columbian back country by helicopter to five star lodges where nobody can be seen for kilometers, is truly something worth doing. And now, CMH Summer Adventures has further transformed this concept to include a Via-ferrata system, yoga retreats, cooking retreats, women's trips, family trips, mountaineering, trips with famous explorers, bird watching, the list could go on... All I know, is that we here are very excited about these new options for the summer of 2010 and beyond, and we hope that you will be too!
See you out in the mountains!
John the Intern