Ski heroes and free skis at CMH K2
With the inaugural season of CMH K2 well underway, K2 ski stars are skiing with CMH Heli-Skiing groups and rocking aprés ski at the CMH K2 Rotor Lodge. The scene is unlike anything else in the ski world; the world’s best skiers making turns with the world’s most fun-loving Heli-Ski guests.
I imagine it must be a bit like going bar hopping with Mick Jagger, or hitting the country club with Tiger Woods. I checked in with Peter Macpherson, the manager of CMH K2 to see how it’s going.
TD: Are people intimidated by skiing with their ski heroes?
PM: Not at all. Most people are curious about the athlete and who they are, what they do, how they became a pro. There was one young guy and his dad,who stopped into the K2 Rotor Lodge enroute to Revelstoke. The young guy was pretty pleased to have the opportunity to meet Seth Morrison, Collin Collins and Andy Mahre. You could tell he was in awe.
TD: How do the K2 team skiers fit in with the CMH Heli-Skiing groups?
PM: Collin Collins was here during the Steep Shots and Pillow Drops program. He skied most days with that group but spent a day with the regular program and kept us entertained with back flips and 360's. Reggie Crist was here filming a "Powder Highway" show. They skied with the groups and filmed when the opportunity arose. All the athletes join for our intimate family-style meals.
TD: How does the dynamic shift throughout the trip?
PM: People engage the athletes more as the trip goes on. The same way as when CMH guests get to know each other they engage each other more and everyone becomes friends.
TD: How do the K2 skiers inspire CMH guests to ski differently?
PM: Collin in the Steep Shots and Pillow Drops program helped coach the guys in taking hits, launching air, and pulling tricks. Within the regular program people are entertained by the tricks, good skiing, and fun lines.
TD: Any cool stories of skiing with the K2 crew that you could share?
PM: The best was the son and father pulling into the K2 Rotor Lodge on their way to Revelstoke. It was a classic Kootenay snowstorm, late at night. The two stop in to say hi and are warmly greeted - by their ski heroes. We give them a bite to eat and an espresso for the road. The son was pretty excited to have stumbled upon his ski heroes and to have his photo taken with them.
The season may still be young, but there are only three spaces left at CMH K2 for our last K2 Athlete trip of the 2012/13 season on Feb 18-23 with Andy Mahre. We'll release the 2013/14 line-up this coming fall so make sure you are signed up to receive our monthly emails to get the news when it breaks. Or, give us a call at 1 (800) 661-0252 to reserve your place in ski history. And remember, all CMH K2 guests get a free pair of cutting-edge K2 powder skis to keep!
Photo of Seth Morrison checking out the scenery at CMH K2.