Impressions of my first Heliskiing trip in Canada
By Becca Blay
It’s Simple: A list, in black and white, of what a day in the life of a first time heliskier will look like. If you are interested in reading more than the list, please continue on…you may find it interesting.
7 AM: A breakfast of champions including a strong espresso
9 AM-4:00 PM (or later): In the helicopter, heading off into heavenly bliss full of woops and face shots that only you and the others around you at the moment will ever understand the significance of.
4:30 PM: Beer thirty. You know what I mean, happy hour and après ski like no other. Comfy clothes, slippers, hot fire, and stories from the day.
5:00 PM: Hot tub, sauna, etc. The backdrop is indescribably breathtaking.
7:00 PM: Dinner. I will let you experience this for yourself because words can’t describe what will happen to your taste buds.
9:00 PM: Depending on whether or not you ski better when hung-over, you will have the option to enjoy libations of your choice or shut ‘er down to get some rest for the next day.
And REPEAT for 5-7 days of pure enjoyment.
If you are fortunate enough to ski with CMH Heli-Skiing even once, then you know that the anticipation and preparation can be quite intimidating. We, as human beings, tend to build “stories” in our minds which set the tone for the reality that we live in. My CMH first time experience was nothing like the story that I had expected.
I have been a skier all of my life, and never even dreamed of the opportunity to go heli-skiing. So, when I was invited to go heliskiing in Valemount in 2006, I had no idea what to expect.
As strange as it may sound, my first heli-ski trip was way more “simple” than I had thought it would be. The ease of the travel and the organization of the trip made getting to the elegant, yet rustic Valemount lodge a breeze. In the morning, my day began with a deluxe breakfast and a nice strong cup of espresso, which is very important to most, regardless of where we are. After a safety briefing with CMH's heliski guides and a solid Q & A, I couldn’t wait to get in the helicopter and the uncontrollable butterflies in my stomach were overwhelming. When people speak of pure peace, bliss, happiness and the “power of now", I can honestly say that heli skiing offered me all of them.
And so it began an addiction that would change my world. I am currently the Executive Assistant to the CMH team and thankfully wake up every morning knowing that I am spreading the love.
For those of you who have never been heli-skiing, make it happen. Throw it on a credit card or buy a less expensive car. It will be worth every penny and it will change your world.
Becca found heliskiing heaven at CMH Valemount Lodge. You could too. Space still available December 18 on a 5 day trip in Valemount. To get in on this coveted heliskiing experience contact CMH Reservations at 1.800.661.0252.