Pure Powder's Ski Blog

Call +44 (0)20 7736 8191


Heli skiing and resort skiing adventure in British Columbia with K2 Athletes

CMH Heli skiing at k2 Rotor lodge

With wipers on full speed, snow-flakes pounding the windscreen and beautiful fresh snow draping everything around us, we knew we were in for a treat.  It’s a perfect start for any powder skiing adventure and it was the backdrop for our drive along the ‘powder highway’ from Calgary to Kicking Horse.  We could feel it was going to be an epic trip!

I was ‘testing out’ a new Pure Powder Heli Skiing & Resort Skiing trip of ours – 3 days of resort skiing in Kicking Horse followed by 4 days of CMH Heli Skiing’s new K2 Rotor Lodge.  It’s a trip designed to maximise off piste skiing whilst keeping the price tag manageable.

The heli skiing ‘warm-up’ at Kicking Horse

Kicking Horse resort

I had billed the first 3 days of our trip as a great way to warm-up those ski legs, get over the jet lag and generally get ready for the heli skiing to come.  But when you’re faced with 70cm of new snow in 48hrs you have to get busy!  And so it was, within a few hours we were heading-up the Highway to Heaven chair and deciding which couloir we would drop into!

Skiing with Steve in Kicking Horse

By this stage we’d been joined by Steve Fisk who is one of the most experienced instructors at Kicking Horse. Steve has an insatiable energy for skiing which you can’t help but draw on and he proudly showed us the huge variety of terrain on offer.   Whilst negotiating Redemption Ridge, we found a spot where we could each enter into the couloir off our own little shelf and enjoy some deep, fresh tracks.  We circled around a few times, each pass taking a different route and then ended the day skiing waist deep powder through Heaven’s Door.  Wow!

Backcountry skiing with Scott in Kicking Horse

To make the most of the fantastic snow conditions we took a guide on day 2 – Scott from Adrenalin Descents – who was previously a heli ski guide and has vast experience of the area.  We had to work a little harder, but an hour of boot-packing up and along the Terminator Ridge earned us an incredible 3,000 vertical feet of un-tracked powder in gorgeous blue skies.  We finished off the day skinning up the back of Blue Heaven, past the imposing Whitewall, until we found an impressive deep powder stash guarded by a steep walled couloir.  More fresh tracks and more great powder skiing.

Heli Skiing at CMH K2

After a rest day we then took a 2.5 hour scenic drive west, across the Arrow Lake and arrived at the town of Nakusp for phase two of our powder skiing adventure… 4 days of heli skiing with CMH at their new K2 Rotor Lodge!

Heli Skiing at CMH K2 in Nakusp

And what a 4 days it was…  Steep tree skiing on the aptly named ‘Pleasure Centre’ mixed in with some glorious alpine runs on Tina’s to name just a few highlights.  With 1,155 square kilometres of exclusive terrain we barely even touched the surface of what heli skiing they have available.  There was tons of snow about and with the ski penetration not being too hugely deep it meant fast and furious heli skiing staying on top of our skis!  The snow might have been fast but it was still pretty tricky to keep up with K2 Athlete Reggie Crist who had joined us.

Heli skiing with Reggie Crist, K2 Athlete

One of the benefits of the CMH & K2 hook-up is that on many of the trips there is a K2 athlete thrown in so you can have a good laugh with them and see how you shape up against the pros.  The conclusion of my skiing? Apparently slow, after I grabbed Reggie as my ‘tree buddy’ for one run and he snaked through the trees in effortless style – he probably felt like he was going backwards but to me we were flying…

Nice heli skiing powder

We packed a lot of skiing into our 4 days.  Breakfast starts at 7am (preceded by stretching at 6.30am) and we were off skiing by 8am!  But these early starts are worth it as every heli ski day we skied just shy of 6,000 vertical metres – which was around 10 helicopter drops.  With only 3 groups of skiers to our Bell 212 we had precious little time between runs and certainly got our heli ski fix in during the 4 days.

Out on the slopes at CMH K2

Throw into the mix the superb food (think tempura prawns, hearty soups and delicious home-made desserts) and the natural hot-springs to relax in every evening and we had ourselves a cracking trip! Returning to the K2 themed bar in the evening to kick back with a Kokanee beer and discuss the day’s adrenalin-fuelled events.

hanging at the rotor bar

Fancy following in my footsteps? Pure Powder’s heli/resort combo trips start at just £3,200 including your accommodation, transport (except international flights), breakfasts, ski pass and 3 days heli skiing with full board. You will even receive a free pair of 2013/14 K2 skis on your return home! Contact us for heli skiing and resort skiing as we can design the trip to suit you.

 

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Whistler/Blackcomb

Location: Most famously known as just Whistler, Whistler and Blackcomb are two mountains that sit side by side and make up Canada’s biggest resort. Together they make up a whopping 8,171 acres of terrain, split between pisted runs, Alpine bowls and glaciers. Whistler Village is at the base of Whistler, the hub of the village […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Silver Star

Location: Located in the stunning Okanagan Valley, Silver Star is British Colombia’s fourth largest ski resort where you can expect the famous champagne powder we all know and love due to being further west. The varied terrain spreads over 3,282 acres and attracts every kind of skier. Getting there: Silver Star is extremely easy to get […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Sun Peaks

Location: Sun Peaks is the second biggest ski area in Canada, behind Whistler. It is the perfect warm up destination for anyone who is heli skiing at CMH’s Cariboos Lodge. Getting there: Sun Peaks is located in the heart of British Columbia, only a 45 minute drive from Kamloops and less than an hour by […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Tree Skiing in BC, Canada

The tree skiing in the interior ranges of British Columbia is very unique.  The trees protect the snow from wind and sun damage; so not only is it where you would expect the deepest snow to be, it is also where the powder remains perfect for longer which makes tree skiing a very enjoyable experience! […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

CMH Private Heli Skiing Trips

Heli skiing is the ultimate skiing experience – we don’t know a skier out there who doesn’t have heli skiing on their bucket list.  What’s not to want – deep, untracked powder in every direction, fresh tracks at every turn, no lift queues and a helicopter at your service!  Now, imagine it all to yourself […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Where Can I Go Small Group Heli Skiing?

Smaller heli ski groups mean greater opportunities for deep snow and more epic lines; and  heli skiing in groups made up of 4- or 5- guests can mean that your mountain experience is as intimate as possible.  You can either fill a helicopter with your buddies or join a ready made small group.  It’s best […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Resort Guide: Revelstoke

Location: Revelstoke Mountain Resort is located in North America’s ‘deep snow capital’ in the heart of British Columbia. It was voted Canada’s Best Ski Resort in 2020, which is most likely due to its 3,120 acres of skiable terrain that includes the longest vertical ski hill in North America, trumping Whistler in 2008 when their […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

Where Can I Heli Ski In Chile? 

What a better way to spend the summer than heli skiing in the Andes…Powder South, offers an excellent heli skiing programme which is be based out of four different locations.     The Heli Skiing Programme:   Heli Skiing in Chile is based out of the Chilean Andes Mountains and it has access to over 1 million acres of terrain – where to heli ski here is endless. Most of the skiing is on open Alpine […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

The Top 5 Heli Ski Lodges in the World

We’re all about the best powder skiing experiences in the world, and as your heli ski experts it is only right that will pull together our top five ultimate heli ski lodges in the world. We couldn’t think of any where else we would prefer to be right now. Each lodge is sumptuous, with impeccable […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Christmas Gift Guide for Skiers & Boarders

Stuck for Christmas gifts for the skier or snowboarder in the family or for friends…then check out our ultimate gift list for this upcoming Christmas Go Pro Hero9 A Go Pro has to be the ultimate gift for any skier or snowboarder and the Go Pro Hero9 is the one to go for. As the […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

In the Press: Forbes

In The Press: Forbes Photo from Tordrillo Mountain Lodge Alaska has to be one of the most desired places to heli ski in the world, and we aren’t the only ones that think so. Forbes have recently written an article saying that “avid skiers are seeking out Alaska as the top place to heli-ski” Alaska […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Plan B. Where Can I Heli Ski During A Covid-19 Winter?

We’re massive fans of the interior ranges of British Columbia in Canada and in our humble opinion it’s as close as heli ski perfection as you can get.  It’s where you’ll find huge expanses of un-tracked ‘Champagne’ powder, tree-skiing for bad-weather days and unbeatable heli skiing know-how from the guides and pilots.   However, this is no normal season and as things stand the Canadian government are keeping […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Ultimate Heli Ski Packing List

It’s all very exciting – you’ve got your trip booked; flight tickets in hand; passport at the ready…  you can practically smell the powder!  However, you’re standing over an empty bag thinking – have I got everything?  We’ve pulled together our top packing tips to make sure that you’re all set.  What ski clothes to pack?  […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Are Touring boots compatible with CMH bindings?

Photo By: Zach Doleac  Our most asked question in the 2019/2020 season was – are my ski touring boots compatible with the CMH bindings?  So… we’ve decided to write a blog about it and get it answered once and for all! Taking skis CMH Heli Skiing provide all their guests with fat, powder skis which […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Resort Guide: Kicking Horse

Location: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort’s 1,315 vertical is known for its deep light powder and huge snowfall – no wonder it’s nicknamed the Champagne Powder Capital of Canada. It attracts skiers looking to experience amazing snow in a picturesque setting. Kicking Horse has a wide variety of terrain in its 3,400 skiable acres; better suited […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Lake Louise

Location: Lake Louise is a hamlet located in the Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. Its name comes from the extraordinary vibrant blue lake which is at the base of Mount Victoria. The lake itself is a 6-minute drive from the centre of the hamlet and was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth Daughter of Queen Victoria. Although the hamlet is small with only a few hotels and […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Pure Powder’s Resort Guide: Banff

Location: Banff is located in a picturesque National Park in Alberta, Canada.  It was named by the President of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884 after his hometown Banffshire in Scotland. With one of the longest ski seasons in North America, Banff has access to over 8,000 acres of ski terrain spread across is three ski […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Pure Powder’s Top 10 Blogs of 2020

We’ve updated our top 10 favourite ski blogs which bring you the latest ski news, top tips and fashionable destinations.  Get your powder fix today and whet your appetite for the season ahead…  powdermatt.com/   To kick off the list we have this cracking a blog by Matt Mosteller – one year, while his friends were busy getting […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Top Resorts for your Heli Ski Warm Up in Canada

The Telegraph listed their Top Ten Ski Resorts in Canada, among them was some of our favourites for pre-heli ski warm up.  They are great destinations to try out that famous Canadian powder before you embark on your heli skiing adventure with CMH.   Revelstoke Revelstoke is a small town but is the perfect place […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Heli Skiing for First Timers – What are my Options?

Embarking on a heli skiing trip for the first time can be daunting and so we wanted to highlight some options specifically geared towards first time heli skiers. If you are a strong piste skier, have a decent level of fitness and are keen to start skiing in the powder then heli skiing could be […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank