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A Radio for Every Skier - The New CMH Standard

Posted by Topher Donahue on Aug 16, 2011 8:03:00 AM

Starting this winter, every CMH guest will receive a radio to carry with them while they are skiing. After 46 winters of making safety the absolute priority at CMH, this standard-setting safety protocol is the natural next step in giving every skier the safest experience possible. 

Like the avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, the radio should be viewed as an extremely serious part of the system that makes backcountry travel far safer.  If your ski partner falls into a tree well, your ability to use the radio to call for help could save his or her life just as much as your ability to use the avalanche transceiver in case of an avalanche.

radios training heliskiing

Although using the radio, the Motorola CP200, seems easy at first glance, in the past some skiers have struggled with using the radio when they needed it.  Don’t be that guy.  Pay attention in the safety briefing and using the radio will be super easy.

Experienced CMH guests will be familiar with the responsibility of carrying and using a radio.  The guides and pilots use the same frequencies for the complicated logistics involved in orchestrating a day of heliskiing, so the radios are not to be used for unessential radio chatter.

DO NOT use the radio to say unnecessary things like:
“Bro, there’s some sick air to your left!”
“When’s lunch?”

USE the radio to communicate important things like:
“I just lost a ski, we’ll let you know when we find it.”
“I’m not sure which way to go.”

CMH uses two different carrying methods for the radio, a harness or a leash.  Most experienced guests prefer to bring a jacket with a high chest pocket, and use a leash and clip provided with the radio to secure the radio to a zipper.  At a cost of $400 each, losing or taking radios home should be avoided.

Each day, the guides will pass out the radios to their group in the morning, and then collect them in the evening to recharge for the next day.

This new safety protocol makes CMH one of the only heliski operators providing radios for every skier. 

 Information for this article was provided by Todd Guyn, CMH Mountain Safety Manager.

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