The CMH Heli-Skiing team has been whipping up a ski frenzy on the annual CMH Fall Roadshow across Canada and the US and in many places in Europe. The excitement continues throughout November and even into December. That's right, we'll still be hosting cocktail receptions and showing our new ski movie even after the Heli-Ski season begins in a few of our areas. No rest for the devoted...
So, what's it all about, this CMH Roadshow? Well, hearkening back to our earliest days when Hans Gmoser travelled across North America in a beat-up VW with silent films of ski adventures that he narrated live for each audience, we continue the tradition with a 21st Century feel. These days we send out a few of our guides to some sweet spots across the nations with our highly polished movies in hand - complete with soundtracks and storytelling. The evening typically does include a live-narrated slideshow with plenty of time for mingling with past guests, old friends, new friends and noshing on some great finger foods and tasting some local brews and vintages.
I checked in with Steve Chambers, CMH Revelstoke Area Manager who is at home for a mid-tour break to get a feel for what is happening out there this fall.
JC: Steve, you’ve been on the road quite a bit this fall with the CMH Roadshow. Can you tell me a bit about these events?
SC: It's been a really great Fall program so far this year. I've been lucky enough to add an international component to the events I've already done with 5 days in Mexico and events in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey. These were small, intimate gatherings with a very enthusiastic group of skiers and boarders who spend a lot of time skiing every winter. There were some great people who have already been exposed to the 'CMH experience' and they were thrilled to share it with friends who would be new guests this winter. In contrast to these smaller events, we just had an event here in Denver last week with over 300 people attending. It coincided with the first snowfall of the season and you could tell people were amped to get out into the mountains and make some tracks. The energy at Battery 621, where we held the event, was amazing and it certainly cranked up my excitement level to get the season started. These folks love their winter activities!
JC: Tell me more about the ski movies!
SC: This year we're opening up the shows with a quick little 'teaser' film that definitely gets your attention. Every time I see it I get the chills - I just want to get on the skis so much and then you hear the crowds reaction - it's great. We've also put together a cool slideshow that gives a really great perspective of what we do that includes our humble beginnings and the creation of an industry, the safety program at CMH, our connection with Alpine Helicopters and their amazing crew of pilots & engineers, life at the lodge and an introduction to a host of current trips and new offerings for the 2011/2012 season. To wrap it up we show 'Spectrum' which is this years film showing a cross section of the type of programs we offer from 'Powder 101' to 'Next Generation' to cutting edge skiing with the crew from last years Warren Miller / K2 Ski Testing week in the Monashees under absolutely epic conditions. If you don't leave the room absolutely stoked to start the ski & snowboard season, you might not have a pulse...
JC: I saw Spectrum last month and agree - it's pretty great! What are some of the common questions you get from the audience?
SC: Without a doubt, people typically want to know when is the best time to come and at which lodge. They might be the hardest questions to answer definitively but I always ask people if they want to come ski big, old growth forests in deep powder or do you want to come ski the big, open Alpine-type terrain and hit the glaciers. One experience is typically early-season when it's really snowing a lot and the other is the latter half of our winter when we tend to get more settled weather and can get up high into the big country. After that, the next most popular question is how do they get my job as a guide with the company!
JC: Where next?
SC: The show must go on - I'm off to the LA area next week to do a show in Santa Monica on the 8th and then San Francisco on the 10th. My counterparts are on the road as well and we're about to start a huge 3 week tour in Europe, so it's a busy time for all of us. Mother nature is cooperating in the Interior of British Columbia with snow in the mountains and more on the way. Another predicted La Nina season has me more excited than ever for this upcoming Heli-Ski season!
Thanks Steve! Have fun in California!
To see if CMH Heli-Skiing is coming to your town, check out our online schedule for the CMH Roadshow.
Photo: 300 or so passionate Heli-Skiers braved an October snowstorm and gathered at Battery 621 in Denver. One lucky participant left with a voucher for a free CMH Heli-Skiing trip!