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Vintage CMH Heli-Ski Films: Rediscovering the Past


In the late 70's and early 80's Dick Barrymore, legendary ski movie maker, came to CMH and with Hans created some really great movies about heli-skiing. The movies, Heli-Skiing, Canadian Mountain Odyssey and Heli High, are a lot of fun to watch. The soundtracks are just classic.  A mix of music right out of a John Ford western, a little disco thrown in and some early electronic for good measure. The movies have not been seen for along time outside of a few people at CMH.  I thought it was high time they were "discovered" again.  Over the next couple of months I will post segments of the movies here on the blog.  

This post is from the movie "Heli-Skiing" (I wonder what it is about?). The opening 6 minutes gives a pretty good history of how Hans started out and the building of the Bugaboo Lodge.

Sit back and check out the history of this incredible sport.  If you happen to be in any of these movies drop me a line...I would love to hear more history about how it all went down.

If you are chasing your 15 minutes of fame, join CMH Heli-Skiing and K2 Skis at the Monashees March 12-19, 2011 where we'll be filming the 62nd Warren Miller Entertainment ski movie. So, what are you waiting for? Dig out your old Bogner 1-piece and join the action!


Dear Mark. 
Thanks for flagging these films of Dick Barrymore. 
Many years ago I copied most of these films onto a DVD 
And show them to the guests when I am involved with a powder intro or powder master program. 
As they bring back many great memmories of that time in the history of CMH
Posted @ Monday, January 24, 2011 10:27 AM by Lloyd Kiwi Gallagher
Such a great historical clip to watch. Thanks for posting this, Mark. You're right the music is AWESOME!!
Posted @ Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:18 PM by Ellen Slaughter
When Andy and I viewed this Barrymore movie in the mid-70's we both immediately decided that we would book our first trip with CMH!
Posted @ Thursday, January 27, 2011 6:23 PM by Mark Epstein
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