Q: How do you get a smart and critical 16-year-old to believe in Santa again?
A: CMH Heli-Skiing’s Family Christmas.
“I even got caught up in the Christmas Spirit,” explained Pete Harvey, a CMH Ski Guide who spent last Christmas Heli-Skiing with some lucky families in the Bugaboos. “I don’t have kids, so it’s easy to lose the Christmas Spirit, but when Santa showed up at the Bugaboos everyone was pretty wide-eyed. You could tell even the big kids were questioning their doubts.”
For 12 to17 year olds, it’s hard to imagine a more exciting, memorable family Christmas than one spent with CMH, Heli-Skiing with Mom and Dad during the day, and hanging out with other ski-minded kids at night.
Like so many aspects of Heli-Skiing, CMH has refined the Family Christmas to be the most fun, relaxing and perfect ski vacation possible for both parents and kids. For family weeks, CMH employs extra guides, professional childcare supervisors, and chefs who know just what kids (and their parents) like to eat.
Kids and parents begin each day skiing together, but if the younger legs get tired, they can return to the lodge to participate in various indoor and outdoor activities near the lodge under the supervision of childcare professionals.
In the evening, the kids sit with the other kids and are served up just the kind of meal a group of hard-skiing teenagers would want to eat. A little later, the parents eat together and enjoy an entirely different atmosphere and cuisine; just the kind of dining a group of parents would enjoy after a day spent living their dreams with their family.
As a parent, I had the same questions that many parents would have when considering taking their kids on a wilderness ski vacation: “How do you take care of my kids while skiing?”
Pete explained, “We manage everything with a higher level of concern for the micro-terrain. Where an adult could muscle through tricky stuff, we keep the kids on the more friendly terrain where we can keep an eye on everyone at all times.”
Then I asked Pete, “How did the kids do at handling the deep snow and big terrain of Heli-Skiing?”
His answer was simple: “Brilliantly!”
Finally, I wanted to know how well the kids paid attention to directions, to which Pete replied, “The kids did a great job of listening, better than you'd think. You could sort of see this realization come over them that some rules were important to follow - and that grown ups have to follow those rules too.”
CMH Heli-Skiing runs family Heli-Ski programs through Christmas and New Year’s to fit with school holidays, and is priced to be easy on the family budget with the kids paying about half of the regular rate. See photos from last year's Christmas conditions in the Bugaboos on Smugmug, and for further questions call CMH Reservations at 1 (800) 661-0252.
After all, can you think of anything better under the Christmas Tree than a Bell 212 helicopter and a mountain covered in deep powder?