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Heli-Ski Romance? Yup, it happens!


Heli-Ski Romance at CMH Heli-Skiing

We realize it is Valentines Day, and you would generally expect some shmoozy love story to be posted on your favorite blog. But this is the Heli-Ski Blog... No shmooze here... Just skiing!

But wait... What if there was a love story that involved skiing? And not just skiing, but the story of one man, and the love of his life.

Now, depending on who you are, you are probably expecting A: A story about skis and skiing, or B: a story about a girl. This story involves both...

One of our guests, Ted, came skiing with us some years ago and set out on a pair of Atomic Heli-Stars. Ted fell in love with these skis over the week and he requested that those skis become "his skis". So for the last 15 years, we have kept Ted's skis in Banff and sent them ahead to to the lodge whenever he is headed out to one of our heliski lodges. Well, ski technology has changed immensely over the last 15 years but no one has been able to convince Ted to leave the skis that he holds so dear. Until this past January when Ted was Heli-Skiing at the Cariboos.

Lyle Grisedale, Cariboo Shop Manager, convinced Ted to try out a pair of K2 Darksides. Apparently, after Ted's first turn it was "love at first ski". Who knows, maybe Ted will keep faithful to the Darksides for another 15 years, or maybe he has been convinced that ski technology is in fact improving and will try something new next year!

Chances are that you have fallen in love with a pair of skis after an amazing heli-ski trip, but Ted's story doesn't finish there. Ted has fallen in love at CMH before. In fact he met his wife, Lisa, while skiing at the Gothics some years ago and CMH Heli-Skiing has become a tradition for them and their family. 

Ted & Lisa's love for CMH doesn't stop at heli-skiing.  They have also brought many of their friends on CMH Summer Adventures over the years and have helped to develop the CME Credits program with CMH's Medical Symposia.

We've seen a great many other heli-ski romances develop over the years. I can think of a handful of couples who either met or got married while on a CMH Heli-Skiing trip.  If you have a CMH Love Story, we hope you'll share it with us here!

And if you don't, what are you waiting for?  Contact CMH Reservations to book your heli-skiing space today.  We're willing to bet you'll fall in love - with the snow, the experience, the flying or ...


I found so many loves at the Adamants lodge 6 years ago when I worked there - a deeper love and appreciation for the mountains we live and play in and a stronger desire to protect them and keep them around for the next generations. A new love for skiing of course! I also met my current love - Earl - who was the handsome shop manager when I was laundry girl there. CMH is a big part of our love story as it is for Ted and Lisa. :)
Posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 10:50 AM by Becky CMH Reservations
The Adamants was the first place I heli-hiked and absolutely fell in love with the experience that is CMH! And although I didn't meet my husband, Rick at the Adamant Lodge, we did get married there! It was an amazing summer weekend with 40 of our closest friends and family that we all still talk about! It was so amazing to share this part of our lives with friends and family.
Posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 12:24 PM by Jane Carswell
12 years ago last week - week 8 in Revelstoke, I met the love of my life and ski partner for good, Megan!  
You'd think that skiing powder everyday for the past 16 seasons was enough, but this has indeed been the highlight of my CMH career so far. 
And of course, I've been in love with a few pairs of skis as well...
Posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 5:19 PM by Steve Chambers
I fell in love with Heli Skiing after my very first run. I will never forget it and I just hope heli skiing loves me as much as I love it. :)
Posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 6:08 PM by Lane
Well I met my sweetie ski bum in the Monshees late in the season, snow was terrible which left lots of time to rock climb inside, go "heli-hiking" and drink wine and have b'ques on the deck. After the wedding 8 yrs ago we have enjoyed many deep powder days at CMH and valleys of wildflowers heli-hiking since.We love you CMH! 
Cheers! ck & dp
Posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 11:00 PM by candace kramer
That's why I love skiing. There are so many kinds of fun. 
And such neat, nice people who make that fun.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:35 AM by Carol Povey
Dorothy and I first met each other in our sixth grade homeroom here in Colorado. She was this beautiful raven-haired beauty with big brown eyes, I was a skinny geek with literally the whitest hair on Earth. I knew that some day she would be mine, but for then had to be satisfied with just being ignored! 
Fast forward almost twenty years when we ran into and recognized each other. She was more beautiful than ever; I wasn't a weakling anymore, had merely blond hair... and a million foot suit. 
We became fast friends, and to make a long story short, we were married on Flattop Mountain overlooking the Bugaboo Spires in April 1999. For us, there was no better place to be married. I still can't believe we actually pulled it off. Totally spectacular, unbelievable! I sang to my bride at our wedding. 
Our witnesses were Rolf Regli and Mark Kingsbury. Our "Marriage Commissioner," Norma Harmsworth. Mark and Norma are no longer with us, but their memories remain strong in our hearts. 
The pressure of the wedding off us, we spent the rest of the week skiing at the Bugs. It was Dorothy's first week and it was really good. I think that was Dave Cochrane's first season as manager there and he helped make everything extra special. 
We returned to Flattop in April 2009 to renew our vows and take the photos we missed the first time. Dorothy now has a million foot suit of her own and is closing in on a second; I'm about to get a third. 
I think the highlights of my life so far have been the many times we've been chasing each other down the Columbia Mountains. I want my ashes scattered over Run of the Century; it's in my will. I thought about Steep and Deep, but Century has a better view!  
Am I a heli-skiing junkie? Probably. Am I ever going to retire? Probably not. Do still I love my wife? I do. 
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 3:27 PM by Brad Nichols
Wow! Thanks for sharing your stories with us, everyone! And Brad, I'm glad I now know the whole story behind the photo that I see in the lobby of the Bugaboo Lodge!
Posted @ Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:49 AM by Jane Carswell
These are the best blog stories I've read in a long time. They renewed my faith that truly there is only love - of the mountains, of our partners and of family and friends!
Posted @ Thursday, February 17, 2011 2:34 PM by Ellen Slaughter
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