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Luggage Advice for your Heliskiing Trip

  
  
  

By Becky Tannar of Suitcase.com

Heliskiing with CMH in BC, CanadaHeli-skiing...what an adventure! What a sport! What a let-down if your luggage doesn't arrive with you and you're left plowing through fresh powder on borrowed equipment (if it's even available) or chilling in the lodge while your friends are having the trip of their lives. When you are travelling to CMH's amazing remote locations, and your luggage doesn't make it with you, getting it to you can take at least a couple of days, and that could be a waste of a trip. Here are a few tips from Suitcase.com that will help you ensure that your luggage makes it with you (besides the obvious of carrying your ski boots with you!):

  • Check out the current rules and regulations before you travel. 

Be aware of extra costs for additional baggage. Fees can be incurred with both oversized and overweight luggage. Make sure you are aware of this so that you do not have sticker shock at the airport. Also, every airline, airport and country has different regulations. Make sure you check into all of those factors before your flight. Keep in mind that the atmosphere at the lodge is casual so you don't need to bring a lot with you and CMH asks that you pack light as your bags will be flown into remote lodges by helicopter.

  • Properly tag all of your bags. 

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for you to put tags on your bags to WHERE YOU ARE GOING, not just your home address. We have many customers who actually have special tags made up and laminated for their trips with multiple locations. These tags have the specific dates they will be at each location. Consider using bright and easily identifiable tags or invest in custom embroidered luggage tags, such as the tags found at TagsForBags on Suitcase.com.

  • Consider shipping your luggage in advance.

Another option to getting your bags to you is to use a luggage shipping company, such as Luggage Free, which will send your luggage to your destination ahead of time. With this service, you do not have to worry about your luggage arriving with your airline flight. Luggage Free will pick up your bags at your home or office, and then ship them to the CMH office in Banff where their Navigation department will ensure it is sent to the lodge to which you are headed. It is advised that you plan in advance and allow extra days for shipping and getting items through customs. See CMH"s shipping guidelines for more info.

  • Don't Freak Out! 

What we all fear: You finally arrive at your destination and your bags are no where to be found. Then what? Kindness and patience. When you are at the airport, a little patience and kindness goes a long way with ticketing agents and airline personnel. In the event that your luggage is lost, do not panic and take a deep breath before you speak to a representative. Remember, the person who is going to help you find your luggage is most likely not the person who lost it, so keep your cool and give all the pertinent information you can, where you will be, and the fastest and best way to get the bags to you. CMH's guest service experts at the Calgary Airport will help you with the paperwork and will work with your airline to get your bags where they need to go when they arrive. And the lodge's shops do stock most of the ski gear you'll need so be sure to ask the airline how much you'll be reimbursed for the lost items.

So in short, the old adage of "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure" speaks volumes when you are planning on packing and transporting your gear for your next Heli-Skiing adventure. Just remember to read the Trip Preparation section on CMH's website and take these necessary precautions to help avoid any potential stress or disasters on your ascent up to the mountains.        

Since 1951, Bretts Luggage & Gifts has provided suitcases and accessories for everything travel, from luggage collections and backpacks to briefcases and computer bags. Then, in 1996, Suitcase.com was launched - one of the first in the luggage industry - to offer its products on a global stage. For additional information on Suitcase.com, check out our blog, blog.suitcase.com, visit our online store, www.Suitcase.com, or find us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/c1pgyS.

Becky Tannar is the store manager of Bretts Luggage & Gifts, a contributor to Suitcase.com, and is a certified Travel Goods Specialist.  She has been in the Travel Goods Industry for the past 10 years. She has experienced extensive travel for both business and pleasure and is eager to share insights into her customers and personal experiences. Her goal is to visit a different country every year to become a better citizen of the world!  

Comments

Good advice. We had an interesting trip this year to Revelstoke when our Air Canada flight was diverted to Goose Bay {look it up} in an emergency. When they could not fix the plane they flew us on in a different plane - without our luggage. We had some basics but mainly our ski boots. The guides in Revelstoke were excellent, Kevin dived into a store beside the guides room and was able to kit us out in ski suits, googles hats etc. My luggage arrived a day later and my friend's another day after that - I think it went to the wrong CMH lodge. Despite this I would say the CMH people were excellent, we did not have to chase up Air Canada and do all that boring stuff of hassling them and organising the onward delivery. 
The moral of this is yes carry on board your ski boots but also ski socks, a change of underwear, T-shirt, thermals and the small things that you might need to be comfortable for a couple of days.
Posted @ Thursday, May 27, 2010 10:00 AM by Alan Rea
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