The Heli-Ski Blog

Who’s your Coach?

Posted by Jane Carswell on Mar 11, 2011 9:34:00 AM

By Michael Smith

It’s great to watch people perform at their very best.  Actors, musicians and athletes quite often inspire us with what they can achieve and express through their chosen craft.  For those memorable moments in time of ultimate performance, there are several years, if not decades, of dedication involved to get to that momentous point in time.  Of course there are several factors to help these high performers reach the pinnacle of their career but I will focus a bit more on one specific aspect in this article.  One of, if not the most integral factors in this process is The Coach.

There are many different ability levels of coaching expertise, from the first time peewee hockey parent to the NFL Superbowl master coach, but in essence the same tireless dedication is usually employed.  In this selfless pursuit, these coaches often work harder and bare more stress than the performers themselves for no other reason than to help that person or those people achieve their goals.  

I’ve had the privilege during my athletic career to work with a number of exceptional world-class coaches.  I truly appreciate what they helped me achieve.  I’ve utilized many of their techniques and traits within my career of wealth management - coaching individuals in pursuit of their goals.

CMH Heli Skiing Guide Tyler in the the CariboosI believe these are some of the reasons that I always seem to have my eyes peeled for people who demonstrate an innate coaching ability.  I have definitely been witness to individuals with these traits during my heli-skiing trips with CMH Heli-SkiingCMH’s world-class guides demonstrate many of the characteristics of exceptional coaches - patient, tough, knowledgeable, trustworthy, fun! 

And like most world class coaches that I know, what I see is that the CMH guides try to help each and every skier, no matter what their level, achieve their goals.  Whether it is to get down the mountain as efficiently and safely as possible, a mid-day pep talk to hit the run faster than you have before or to point out a good hit to catch some air! 

My belief is that anyone who has the opportunity to head into the mountains with CMH should wholly take advantage of the guides/coaches that you get exposed to.  I know you will be a better skier for having been coached by some of the best in the business on your heliskiing adventure. 



Have you had some great coaches in your life?  Share your stories here in the comments.

Keen to ski with some world-class coaches and atheletes?  Join Michael Smith and maybe even Jan Hudec this winter on a CMH Heli-Skiing trip.  Contact CMH Reservations for more information at 1.800.661.0252 or by e-mail at

Photo: CMH Heli-Skiing guide Tyler McMillen by Lyle Grisedale.

Topics: CMH Guides, CMH Heli-Skiing, CMH Experts