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5 big photos – one millionth of the CMH terrain

  
  
  

A staggering amount of the 15,000 square kilometres that makes up CMH Heli-Skiing is ski and snowboard terrain. However, thick forests, massive cliffs, broken icefalls, and summits guarded by all forms of alpine barriers keep us from carving turns down some of it.

But every millimetre of those 15,000 square kilometres makes for a great view. For me, as a photographer, the incredible visuals provided by the CMH terrain are as fascinating, thrilling, and memorable as the deep powder itself. 

Surprisingly, however, it is hard to capture that vastness and diversity of terrain with a photograph. Only a few photos manage to bring home a little taste of that crisp alpine air, those deep valleys, the tenacious clouds, and the enormous snow riding potential and limitless beauty of CMH terrain. 

These photos are five of my best efforts at turning this wilderness the size of a small country into a postcard-sized matrix of pixels.

CMH Adamants is named after this collection of summits; summits so rugged and remote that mountaineers have only recently begun to explore the steepest faces. Even fewer professional skiers have visited the areas steep couloirs and plunging faces:

adamants scenery

The Bugaboos was the first, and is the most famous of the CMH Heli-Skiing areas, yet it remains one of the least-known of North America’s natural wonders. Here, the prisitine wilderness of East Ereek dances with mists during a CMH Summer Adventure:

canadian wilderness

Many people have said that the Cariboos are made for skiing, and metre by metre, the Cariboos may be the most versatile ski mountains in North America. In this photo, the steep couloirs that lace the range’s biggest peaks are begging to be ripped:

cariboos steep ski lines

Even ski guides call the Monashees, when conditions are right, the best skiing in the universe. Thousand-metre slots through the trees can be found by the hundreds dropping into the range’s deep valleys and many of the area’s hard-core Heli-Ski fans have decide there is nowhere else they’d rather ride:

monashees tree skiing terrain

The Gothics, just north of the now famous powder epicenter of Revelstoke, is one of those areas where you can ride 2000-metre alpine runs one day, and steep trees the next. The views into the Monashee and Selkirk mountains are stunning enough to give pause to even the most agro powder hounds:

skiing above the clouds gothics

Comments

Spectacular photos! Thanks so much for sharing. Can't wait to get back out there..
Posted @ Thursday, June 06, 2013 10:28 AM by Jane
Memories!
Posted @ Thursday, June 06, 2013 12:30 PM by Ralph B Scott. Ralph Scott memories !
Paradise , wish I was there now
Posted @ Thursday, June 06, 2013 6:28 PM by Toby
Beautiful photos ! We love spectacular mountain scenery !
Posted @ Friday, June 07, 2013 2:09 AM by Charles Haege
Amazing location. I would love to do skiing at this kind of places. It will be an amazing experience.
Posted @ Friday, June 07, 2013 7:52 AM by Donal
Photos are perfectly captured! Great places to spend vacation, unwind and relax.. Wishing I was there!
Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 12:19 AM by feonicamartinez
Amazing shots Topher! I'd love to crawl into any one of those photos!
Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:43 PM by Becky CMH Reservations
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