With a little light-hearted humor from the CMH reservations office, a little genuinely scary snowfall trauma in some parts of the world, and epic early season conditions in BC, here are today's top 3 reasons to go heliskiing in Canada:
Reason number 3: Tired of riding chair lifts.
Last month, CMH Heli-Skiing reservations received a request for information from a group of snowboarders. In the questions and comments section of our information request form, the curious party wrote: “Six experienced snowboarders - all sick of ski lifts.”
Yeah, sitting on ski lifts gets old. By comparison, while heli-skiing the ski lift is a fastidiously maintained jet helicopter and between ski runs you get the most jaw-dropping tour of some of the most inspiring ski terrain in Canada. Boring it is not.
Reason number 2: You’ve never been heli-skiing before.
If you’re a skier or snowboarder, and you’ve never been heli-skiing before, it’s the kind of thing everyone should do once in their lives. CMH provides fat skis and offers programs designed for inexperienced powder skiers to make heli-skiing fun for everyone, not just expert skiers and snowboarders.
Of course if you’re an expert, and you haven’t been heli-skiing before, we don’t need to tell you how much fun you’ll have hucking laps with a jet helicopter on some of the world’s snowiest and most spectacular ski terrain.
With so many trip options for heliskiing in Canada available these days, and the high cost of ski resorts making the price of entry for heli-skiing seem like a deal, there is no excuse not to give it a try.
Reason number 1: It’s not snowing anywhere else.
This year may be the best year in history to go heliskiing in Canada. It seems that all the snow on the planet is falling in western Canada. I went for a ski tour in the Colorado backcountry yesterday, and it was not only poor ski conditions, it was not yet possible to properly ski in the backcountry. While there would normally be perhaps a metre of snow at treeline by this time of year, there were only a few centimetres of unconsolidated snow.
And Europe has it worse. According to an article in the BBC on Europe's snow woes, this fall has been the driest on record in Switzerland. A few ski resorts have managed to open by utilizing man-made snow, but at the edge of the piste, brown fields tell the story of a season without snow. The webcams at Davos reveal a dismal scene. It is not that there is less natural snow than normal - there is no natural snow!
While we wouldn’t wish bad ski conditions on anyone, and we feel the pain of our fellow snow riders in less snowy zones around the world, we can’t help but point out that CMH heliskiers are right now soaking up face shots and pillow drops in what is probably the finest early season ski conditions we’ve ever seen - might as well go skiing where there's snow!