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4 days 3 heliski areas: Revelstoke, Kootenay, Galena photo tour

Posted by Topher Donahue on Jan 19, 2012 8:39:00 AM

For the last 4 days I’ve been documenting the CMH Nomads from their base at the almost mythical Halcyon Hot Springs resort just south of the powder skiing epicentre of Revelstoke, BC.  Getting a glimpse of the newest genre of the world’s greatest skiing while the deep powder season in Western Canada is in banner form has been eye opening to say the least.  Here’s a photographic tour of the exciting new CMH Heli-Skiing program:

Nomads halcyon hot springs heliskiing

The Nomads South program owes part of its charm to the base area, the Halcyon Hot Springs where the healing waters are just the right medicine to get tired legs ready for another day of riding in the deep.

big trees nomads kootenay

The first day we spent in the big timber of the northern CMH Kootenay tenure in snow that both guides and hard core skiers have been saying is “as good as it gets.”

deep powder point of view

A view from the copilot’s seat of that as-good-as-snow-gets kind of fluff.

monashees tree skiing

The second day we explored the southern Revelstoke terrain.  Even the most experienced guides were talking about how magical it is to explore such amazing mountains with the freedom and power offered by heliskiing.

girl powder skiing

Then yesterday we crossed the Great Arrow Lake into the Southern Monashees and skied long tree runs between the dark waters of the Columbia River below and huge granite walls of the Gold Range above.

nomads heliski lunch

CMH Nomads concierge Sarah Watts joined us for both some blower powder skiing and a Nomads-style lunch buffet. 

galena private heliskiing

Then today we schralped Galena's southern area and flew over more spectacular ski terrain than I've ever seen in a single day.  One more day, and it's supposed to dump tonight!  For more details on the CMH Nomads heliski program, check out the interview with CMH Nomads Manager Jeff Bodnarchuck.

Topics: Monashees, CMH Nomads, 2012 Heli-Skiing Trips, CMH Revelstoke, CMH Kootenay