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REVELSTOKE, BC: Don’t let the epic snow conditions pass you by!

Posted by Jane Carswell on Jan 2, 2013 5:03:00 PM
Don’t let the epic snow conditions pass you by!
There is still time to book a heli-ski trip for 2013

 CMH Snow December 2012

The blogosphere and ski reports are lighting up with the best early season snow conditions North America has seen in years, setting the stage for what promises to be an epic year for skiers and boarders. As the company that invented Heli-Skiing more than 45 years ago and the largest heli-ski operator in the world, CMH Heli-Skiing has created dozens of winter experiences that help dispel some of the myths around deep powder skiing or boarding, making it more accessible than ever. And, with 11 heli-skiing areas in and around Revelstoke in BC’s Columbia Mountains, CMH Heli-Skiing encompasses more terrain than all the major North American ski resorts combined.

Myth 1: Every ski resort says they have the best snow and one destination is no different than the other.
Truth: The Columbia Mountains around Revelstoke have 162 cm (5 + feet) MORE snow than the best year in the last decade. This is huge. Also, the snow that is falling in the region has less moisture, which means champagne powder conditions. Another little known secret of the Columbia Mountains is the latitude.  Up here the sun is high enough in the sky to provide a full day of skiing, but low enough to not affect the surface of the snow.  This keeps the powder soft, even during clear weather. 
Myth 2: Only expert skiers can truly enjoy powder skiing.
Truth: The latest equipment has opened up the joys of powder to intermediate level skiers. It is more important to have the right equipment and guides on hand to lead you down some of the best ski terrain in the planet. CMH guides are among the best in the world and they work with every skier to determine the right powder skiing experience based on fitness levels and ability. CMH has designed Powder 101 intro ski weeks for those intermediate skiers unfamiliar with deep powder technique. Four, five and seven day trips are available throughout the ski season and range in price from $4,265 to $11,525 Cdn per person. 
Myth 3: Heli-Skiing is a man’s sport.  
Truth: Women should not be intimated by powder and Heli-Skiing. With the right equipment, the right guides and the right attitude, women enjoy deep powder just as much as men, especially in the light, champagne powder we're currently seeing.  Girl Pow(d)er is available as a women-only trip for those who are ready to rip, as well as Powder 101: Girl’s School for strong-intermediate skiers wanting to build their powder skills. These trips are offered for 4 or 5 days and start at $4,265 Cdn.  Bring a friend or we'll find a roommate for you, or maintain your privacy back at the lodge, but on the mountain each day, its just you and your crew, and your guides. CMH also provides specially designed women's powder skis, poles & all safety equipment. 
Myth 4: Heli-Skiing is not for families.
Truth: Skiing powder in Canada is an experience people want to share with their loved ones. CMH guides select terrain appropriate for the entire family, and sometimes take three generations skiing together. Seven-day, Next Generation trips introduce powder skiing to the younger generation – with the younger skiers (ages 12 - 25) paying half price when booked with an accompanying adult. Next Gen trips are offered in March and April starting at $8,215 Cdn ($4,110 Cdn for the younger generation skiers).
Family Trips are for families with 12 to 17-year old skiers, designed around the Christmas holidays (think 2013!)  Younger children who won’t be skiing are welcome (CMH has nannies available as these non skiers must be supervised at all times).   Families begin the day heli-skiing together, but kids can return to the lodge when they tire to participate in fun, supervised, indoor and outdoor activities (leaving parents to ski at their own pace for the remainder of the day). In the evening, CMH’s chefs cook up a grand family dinner with special meals for the kids. 
Myth 5: Fewer days heli-skiing is more cost effective.  
Truth: The value increases the more days (and therefore guaranteed vertical) you book, with one day Heli-Skiing often the lowest value option due to the safety orientation cutting into part of your one day. There is also the myth that when booking a trip, you must ski all day, every day. At CMH, the guaranteed vertical system only charges you for vertical when you’re skiing, and opportunities are provided to stop skiing early and enjoy the amenities of the lodges, including cross country skiing, common areas and a fireplace for socializing, full-service bar, expansive outdoor decks, shop for gifts and gear, sauna, hot tubs and massage service.
CMH Heli-Skiing trips include lodging, meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, transportation to and from Calgary International Airport for most trips, use of K2, Atomic and Rossignol skis and poles; a limited number of Burton snowboards are available. Guests are also trained how to use avalanche transceivers, and are provided with a CMH guest pack including shovel, probe and radio. 
Myth 6: Snowboarders and skiers don’t mix when heli-skiing.
Truth: CMH welcomes boarders on all trips – and guides instruct boarders on how to manage different conditions and terrain including: anticipating flat sections, not getting too low on traverses, setting bindings towards the rear for deep powder, carrying extra binding parts, and using ski tracks to your advantage. Many CMH guides will lead on a board when riding with a full group of snowboarders.

To know more, contact CMH Heli-Skiing at 1.800.661.0252 or via email at  Our Heli-Ski Experts are on hand seven days a week from 7am to 7pm and are happy to answer your questions, or pop a copy of The Journal of the World's Greatest Skiing in the mail for your coffee table. Don't let another ski season pass you by!
Photo: Kevin Boekholt, CMH Revelstoke

Topics: CMH Heli-Skiing, 2013 Heli-Skiing Trips, Backcountry skiing, Powder U @ CMH