Go Heli-Skiing

Once you experience a world of limitless virgin and untracked powder, skiing and riding take on a whole new meaning. CMH operate 11 heli-ski lodges, with access to incredible terrain, and helicopters standing by to be your personal powder concierge.


Length of Trip : CMH offers 3, 4 and 7 day packages.

Cost : Starting from $7,550 for a 5 day trip at the K2 Lodge. Other lodges are available.

Best time to go : December to March

Wheelchair friendly : No

Family friendly : Family Trips are for families with 12 to 17-year old skiers, designed around the Christmas holidays. 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. In the evening, CMH’s chefs cook up a grand family dinner with special meals for the kids.

Where to eat : Excellent meals are prepared nightly in the lodges. Lunch (sandwiches, hot chocolate, snacks) are served on the mountain.

Official Site : Canadian Mountain Holidays Ph: 1-800-661-0252 Email: info@cmhinc.com

Where to Stay : CMH currently has 11 Heli Ski lodges. K2 Rotor Lodge is located in the town of Nakusp. Accommodations are modern and comfortable.

Getting There : CMH Lodges are primarily accessed via car. A special website and support line has been set up to assist guests getting to the lodges. Visit: www.cmhnavigator.com

Note from Robin : Myth: You have to be an expert skier to 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 intermediate skiers unfamiliar with deep powder technique. Myth: 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. Myth: 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.  



Photo: Craig McGee


Photo: Craig McGee


Skiing Photo: Brad White


Powder Tips

Skiers and snowboarders love fresh tracks on powder, but what about deep powder, the kind that comes up to your neck? Heli or cat skiing drops you into a completely different world of snow, but it’s not as difficult to navigate as you might think. Roko Koell is a heli ski and mountain guide for Canadian Mountain Holidays, and has been introducing skiers and riders to the joys of “deep pow” for nearly three decades. He believes that all intermediate skiers can heli ski, offering a few tricks and tips to keep you flying, as opposed to digging your way out of snow. 1. Forget your every day skis. Rent powder skis, which are wider, help you balance, and keep you floating above the snow. 2. Although there are programs for beginners, intermediates will have the best results, largely from having the experience of reading terrain. 3. Try and keep equal weight on your feet. It takes practice, and you’ll want to practice with small slalom turns. When it comes to powder, the more you can push equally off your feet, the more you will float. 4. Three things to remember to avoid getting stuck:
  • SPEED: Keep a minimum speed, if you go too slow, you’ll experience more resistance, and won’t be able to turn.
  • VERTICAL MOVEMENT: It’s the heartbeat of powder skiing. Move your body up and down to create the momentum you need to coast over deep snow.
  • POLE PLANTING: The trigger for turning. At the moment your body is lowest, plant the pole and push up.
5. Ski poles are typically shorter for powder skiing, since they dig into the snow. 6. At CMH, all clients receive avalanche orientation and training Guides receive extensive terrain reading, first aid and rescue training, and each guest is equipped with a radio, avalanche beacon, and shovel. Accidents happen, but they are extremely rare. 7. It’s important to stay hydrated and drink something after every run, as you’ll burn through a lot of calories. 8. Morning stretching will help tired muscles. Originally from Austria (where he was a coach with the national ski team), Roko marvels at mountain playground at his fingertips. Says Roko “We heliski an area about three quarters the size of Switzerland! Within two days, most people who never believed they could do it are floating in powder.”


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CMH is Canada’s finest heli-ski operator, with 11 incredible fly-in lodges running over the winter. Book now, receive a $75 gift card*, and look forward to what Robin calls “A Top 3 Canadian Bucket List adventure”.

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