The Heli-Ski Blog

What do Gretchen Bleiler and Tyler Ceccanti have in common?

Posted by Topher Donahue on Nov 10, 2011 8:33:00 AM

There is no better way to put the World’s Greatest Skiing in perspective than through the eyes and words of the world’s greatest ski and snowboard athletes.  Recently, Gretchen Bleiler, one of the world’s most accomplished snowboarders, and Tyler Ceccanti, a ski star in the most recent Warren Miller film, “Like There’s No Tomorrow” both tasted CMH Heli-Skiing and, like many of us, rank heliskiing in Canada with CMH among their favourite moments in the snow.

Tyler was interviewed by Stephanie Stricklen of KGW Portland and, between clips of him ripping jaw-dropping pillow lines at CMH Monashees, he had this to say about heli-skiing with CMH: “The best ski runs I’ve ever had in my life.”

Gretchen was interviewed by National Geographic for their “Ultimate Adventure Bucket List 2012.”  She chose CMH Galena as her "must-do" experience, and summarized heli-skiing in Canada with CMH simply: “Amazing terrain, amazing snow, and totally experienced, safe and fun guides and staff.  And the food is delicious - need I say more?”

Great athletes have been part of the fabric of CMH ever since CMH invented heli-skiing in the 60s. Jim McConkey, the father of legendary extreme skier Shane McConkey, was on some of the original exploratory ski missions into the Columbia Mountains with Hans Gmoser in the early 60s that inspired the birth of heliskiing. 

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Ever since then, a long line of ski and snowboard superstars have visited CMH.  Sometimes, it is it in the line of duty during a film project, but more often a visit to CMH for the world’s ski elite is not so different from the reasons the rest of us go to CMH: for a week in ski paradise far from the pressures of the rest of our lives.

And amongst the super-athletes, it’s not just the skiers and snowboarders who find CMH Heli-Skiing to be an incomparable experience.  Martina Navratilova, the tennis superstar, went heli-skiing at CMH Galena, and at the end of one particularly spectacular run she turned to her guide and said: “I’d have given up tennis ten years earlier if I had known about this!”

Booking day for the 2013 Heli-Ski Season at CMH is November 17.  To assure yourself a spot on the prime weeks, call 1.800.661.0252

Topics: Galena Lodge, Heli-Boarding, Ski Heroes, Skiing, Monashees, Warren Miller, Snowboarding, helicopter snowboarding