With some of the most epic snow conditions in the last two decades, CMH sent me to the Cariboos last week to document the bottomless deep. I don’t know how many times I heard the guests say, “This is the best skiing I’ve ever done!”
Another said: "This is heaven. Snow heaven."
If any of you heliski fanatics have friends who wonder why skiers and snowboarders travel from all over the world to ski the Interior of British Columbia, here’s a photographic tour of last week in the Cariboos that answers the question quite clearly.
Day One Pilot Chris telling us the right way to use the helicopter as the ultimate ski lift:
Day Two The massive snow sculptures hanging in the trees are a pretty clear sign of the kind of winter going down in the Columbia Mountains:
Day Three A short break in the snowfall gave us a chance to look around at the mind-blowing Cariboo terrain:
Day Four Low visibility and another snow storm kept us in the Lower Canoe Valley near the Cariboo Lodge, but nobody was complaining:
Day Five A mixture of sun and clouds let us ski some of the great wide open with magical ice fogs hanging in the air:
Day Six Another storm meant skiing in the trees and the massive snowpack meant open season on the pillow drops:
Day Seven A classic CMH Saturday where the sky clears, the powder is perfect, and the snow crystals hang sparkling in the air long after the skiers pass by:
All good things come to an end. Sipping a cappuccino on the deck in the sunshine while saying goodbye to a week in ski paradise:
Send this to any of your friends or family who don’t understand why you’re crazy about heliskiing - or better yet check our space availablility and get up here yourself while the snow conditions are the stuff legends are made of!