Exciting things are afoot in Nakusp, a small town sandwiched between the waters of the Upper Arrow Lake and the mountainous ski paradise of the Kootenay Rockies in Interior British Columbia. To keep the town informed of the developments at the CMH K2 Rotor Lodge, representatives from CMH Heli-Skiing and athletes from K2 Skis spent a few days getting to know the locals in Nakusp.
The highlight of the event was a gathering of high school kids and K2 athletes including Seth Morrison, Pep Fujas, Reggie and Zach Crist and Andy Mahre. 150 students at the Nakusp high school gathered in the auditorium (During school hours no less!) to hear the legendary skiers speak.
The presentation started with a show of hands of how many kids skied. Over half the students raised their hands; perhaps not surprising considering the town's location along the Powder Highway. The Powder Highway was described by MSNBC as offering "spectacular views, oceans of downy powder, unequaled variety — it's all part of the allure of the Powder Highway, a collection of authentic rural Canadian ski resorts and one of the last uncovered winter destinations in North America." But with only a tinly local ski hill, skiing isn't the main course it is in the more famous ski towns.
Ski legend Seth Morrison summed it up simply: “Find out what you love to do in life and stick with it. I focused on skiing when I was in school. It was the biggest risk I ever took and the best decision I ever made.”
Patty Zinck, from the CMH Heli-Skiing office in Banff, explained the reason for taking the time to connect with the community: “We wanted to warm the town up to the whole CMH and K2 partnership. The kids were thrilled. They were totally jazzed and woohoo-ing. The local paper was even there.”
K2 gave away goodies, kids had posters autographed by their ski heroes, and Pep and Andy are planning to take a day to ski with the local kids at their local hill and campaign for a terrain park when the athletes return this winter to rip it up with CMH Heli-Skiing.
Seth concluded: “After the presentation we talked to some of the kids and it was fun to hear about what they did to go skiing. Either they had to drive to Nelson, snowmobile into the backcountry, or go to the local hill which is just a single surface lift - cool to see some of them so excited.”
This winter, the K2 invasion of Nakusp will continue, with K2 athletes leading the charge from the CMH K2 Rotor Lodge into the Selkirk Mountain’s over-the-top powder stashes during specialty CMH Heli-Skiing trips that include:
- Steep Shots and Pillow Drops with Collin Collins or Andy Mahre
- K2 Athlete Trips with Reggie Crist and Zach Crist
- Women’s Trip with Kim Reichhelm
- Film School with Pep Fujas
- K2 Demo Days at CMH K2
It should make for an incredible season in Nakusp, and the town’s support of our new collaboration with K2 has been phenomenal. Now if only we can keep Sasquatch under control.