Women's Heli-Skiing: The Sisterhood of the Slope
This is a guest post by Ellen Slaughter, host of CMH's Bodacious in the Bugaboos and Girl's School.
Last year a lifelong dream of mine came true. My sister, Cari, and I heli-skied together. It was mid-February when we were counting down the days until we would jump into the chopper together to rip it up in the powder.
Separated by a few thousand miles, Cari and I cherish the time we spend together. We are “soul sisters”, sharing a huge passion for the mountains. We spent summers working at Lake O’Hara Lodge and at Whistler and since then, we’ve hiked and skied together whenever possible. Number 1 on our Bucket List? Heli-Skiing!
Last winter, we did it! We made it happen. For four glorious days we checked out from our real lives and lived our dream. We arrived at the Regent Hotel in Revelstoke giddy with excitement. Over cocktails and dinner the first night we met our ski group – a “motley” and very fun crew. We became instant friends and quickly named ourselves the AWESOME PERFECT GREAT GROUP.
Over the next few days, we were “on top of the world” literally supporting one another, telling our stories and sharing the pure joy of playing outside in the powder. Our après-ski dinners were loud and raucous – thanks to some vodka lemon drops and the special bond of having pushed our limits together. When it came time to bid each other farewell, the hugs were tight and heartfelt!
Tomorrow I’ll be back in the chopper to co-host CMH's first ever POWDER 101: Girl's School. Although Cari won’t be joining me this year, she’ll be there in spirit! When I’m once again on top of the world with my new ski girlfriends, I’ll remember her huge smile and hear her whoops of joy as she took off into the powder.
For us, two girls who grew up on the Prairies loving the mountains, heli-skiing together was a trip of a lifetime. It was our time – a few days when we completely checked out from the responsibilities and demands of our regular lives. A time we will always treasure.
What about you? When will you make your dream of heli-skiing come true? If we can do it, you can do it. I encourage you to treat yourself. Bring your girlfriend, your “soul sister” and make memories I guarantee you’ll treasure forever!
CMH will offer three Women's Heli-Ski vacations for 2013: two Powder 101: Intro to Powder Skiing programs and one Signature Heli-Skiing week for those comfortable in the powder and ready to roll. Call CMH Reservations at 1.800.661.0252 to learn more.