The Heli-Skiing Christmas List: Ideas for the skier in your life
Christmas is less than a month away. If you are in the USA hopefully you stayed away from any shopping that involved other shoppers wielding pepper-spray...but I digress.
The snow is piling up in the interior of British Columbia. The early season reports and pictures look fantastic. I suggest this would be a good time to crawl up on Santa's lap and ask for a heli-skiing trip with CMH this year.
In case you are looking for Christmas ideas for the heli-skier in your life, I have put together some ideas that I think would make their (your?) heli-ski trip all that much better.
The Trip to the Lodge:
You have your ipad loaded up with the 5 best ski movies of all time. Now you just need some cool headphones. I suggest the wireless Beats by Dr. Dre. I have the wired version of these headphones and I love them. Plane ride, bus rides, chillin' in the lodge...these headphones will make your movies and music a whole lot better.
While out Skiing:
I never used to wear a helmet backcountry skiing or heli-skiing. Why? For backcountry skiing it was always a weight thing (one less thing to carry while skinning) and for heli-skiing it was about not being able to wear my hearing protection. Those two objections have been taken care of. Check out the Smith Maze Helmet. I have been wearing this helmet for a year and it is fantastic. Super light and minimal.
I like to wear hearing protection around the helicopter. I like the full over the ear kind from Peltor that we sell in the shop. With a helmet on I really could not wear them. Problem solved. I took the ear pads out of my Smith Maze helmet and I wear a hat underneath my helmet (added benefit, my head stays warm when I take my helmet off at lunch). Throw on a pair of Peltor behind the head Ear Muff and you are good to go. Head safe, ears safe...give the gift of safety.
Photos, Photos, Photos
The iPhone 4s takes amazing pictures...but leave it in the lodge. Here's why: One, it is easy to drop and never be seen again. I was there when a certain multi-million footer dropped his in the Monashees and was not able to find it.
Two, in order to get out the iphone and use the camera quickly, you need to have the phone on.
Even if the phone is in airplane mode, I don't like having electronics that close to my avalanche beacon and risk interfering with the beacon's signal...bad risk/reward equation.
My suggestion: Here are three cameras that will take amazing pictures (and HD video), fit nicely in your pocket and turn on in no time (but still, make sure your camera is away from your beacon). Check out the Nikon Coolpix, the always classic Leicia D-Lux 5 and for a full featured camera with inter-changable lens in a small package check out the Panasonic GF2.
Finally, don't let the heli-skier in your life show up at the heli-pad in loafers. The venerable Canadian brand Sorel is making some super cool boots for men, ladies and kids. Here are two cool styles that will keep your feet warm and look good too, The Liftline for women andthe Men's Mad Boot Lace.
So there you have it. Some holiday gift ideas for the heli-skier in your life that will make their CMH Heli-Skiing trip even better. Have a fantastic holiday season!
Did we miss anything on this list? Tell us what's on your wish list.