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Pure Powder Round-Up of the UK’s only Heli Ski Tour 2013

Every November, the Pure Powder team set out around the UK with ski guides from CMH to spread the heli ski love. This year we travelled the country for 7 evenings meeting 350 powder enthusiasts, drinking quite a few bottles of beer and handing out prizes courtesy of Ellis Brigham, Atomic, Surefoot and Arc’teryx. CMH […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

Countdown to heli skiing in the Bugaboos

Many thanks to our longtime guest Craig M for writing this blog for us! Hopefully it will get some of you as excited for the coming ski season as he is (and as we are…) It’s November in London and I am peering out the office window to what can only be described as an […]

Posted by: Claire Matheson

Pure Powder and CMH Heli Skiing in the FT

CMH Heli Skiing and Pure Powder recently featured in the Financial Times travel section- read about us below! ‘Chris Davenport, one of North America’s best-known extreme skiers, is to host what will be a dream trip for enthusiasts. The 10-day heli-ski trip, starting March 21 next year, will be based at Canadian Mountain Holidays’ remote […]

Posted by: Claire Matheson

Long-range snow forecast for Heli Skiing in Canada for the 2013-2014 season

It’s that time of year again – the flip flops have been put away and we’re looking forward to getting back into our snow bubble.  Although I do have a degree in Geography I’m no meteorologist, so we’re relying on the  professional to look into their crystal ball to see what snow gifts Mother Nature […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Getting heli ski ready: How to find the perfect ski boot

We know how much an ill-fitting ski boot can ruin your time on the slopes. Good boots should give you 8 hours of hard skiing a day with slipper worthy support. Chris Lowe is UK Manager of Surefoot – the worlds’ leading custom ski boot fitter. With 14,000 boots to their name in over 26 […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

‘McConkey’ Film Premiere – One Life, Live It.

On Monday 1st October 2013, Leicester Square saw the UK premier of ‘McConkey’, the brilliant biopic of the late great Shane McConkey. We were delighted to send along our Pure Powder competition winner James who won 2 tickets to the premiere on the day, courtesy of All Conditions Media. Here’s their summary of the night, […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

Take Flight with CMH Heli Skiing this winter – Join us on our November UK tour

We can tell you endless ski stories of guests returning enraptured by CMH’s unique heli ski terrain in British Columbia or talk about our own trips to the powder. But sometimes it’s just nice to come and form your own opinion. Which is why we host our UK Heli Ski tour every November visiting cities […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

CMH Heli Skiing – Telegraph Travel

      Telegraph Travel recently published an article entitled ’13 ski and snowboard must-dos before you die’. The who’s who of skiing bucket lists – and No. 2 was CMH Heli Skiing! ‘On the glaciers, in the trees, up your nose and down your pants – lacing turns through endless fluffy powder is a […]

Posted by: Claire Matheson

Pure Powder’s Resort Guide: Banff

Location: Located in the picturesque National Park, Banff is in Alberta, Canada. Named by the President of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884, he named it after Banffshire in Scotland, his hometown. With one of the longest ski seasons in North America, Banff accesses over 8,000 acres of ski terrain. With the Tri Area ski pass, […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

Ben Saunders to the South Pole: The longest unsupported polar journey in history

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an evening hosted by Bremont in honour of their ambassador, polar explorer Ben Saunders. One of our greatest adventurers, Ben is one of only three who has skied solo to the North Pole and also holds the British record for the longest solo Arctic journey. He is […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

Pure Powder’s Resort guide: Zermatt

Zermatt is one of the most iconic and well-known ski resorts in the world, made famous through the climbing exploits of the British mountaineer Edward Whymper who was the first to successfully scale the Matterhorn in 1865.  Since then it has become a hugely popular ski resort as well as summer climbing hot-spot. Location: Zermatt is […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Heli Skiing – am I good enough and is it for me?

I was your classic European skier; happy to ski along the likes of Les Trois Vallees ready for the next vin chaud. A lazy skier shall we say. Even though I could confidently ski the piste no problem, off piste skiing was out of the question, preferring to watch friends hike up and battle down […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

Pure Powder’s Top 4 Mountain Hikes

As off piste skiing and heli skiing specialists, we have a keen sense of adventure and love our outdoor pursuits, even if they don’t always involve snow, skis and après ski ‘activities’!  Therefore it seemed only fitting to put together a list of the best hikes for those of us who aren’t heading down to the […]

Posted by: Claire Matheson

Pure Powder’s Favourite Things About Canada to celebrate Canada Day

As the world’s second largest country (not forgetting Russia) there is loads to love about Canada. Here at Pure Powder being off piste and heli skiing aficionados plus one third Canadian, we have a particular love of the nation across the pond that offers so much mainly the perfect ski conditions. So to celebrate Canada […]

Posted by: Claire Matheson

Ways to stay ski fit this Summer with Pure Powder

We can blame the British weather for one good thing this Summer – staying in shape. With afternoons of rosé, BBQ’s and ice-creams all washed off the menu we’re focussing on keeping those ski legs in shape whilst we still can. The minute the sun comes out I’m fully expecting excuses of all sorts so […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

CMH Heli Skiing – Freeride Camp in Revelstoke, British Columbia

Gone are the days of snowboarders ruling the slopes. With ski technology shifting at a rate of knots plus ski and board techniques morphing together, skiers can now look to emulate a boarder’s fast, wide assault on the mountain.  Freeriding is all about letting rip on some of the most incredible terrain in the world.. […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder’s Guide to the best Adventure Blogs

Here at Pure Powder we are always on the lookout for new adventures; whether it’s a new heli ski trip in Alaska or Canada, information on the latest expeditions, or hiking and trekking trails from all over, we like to be outside and moving (or at least reading about it). To do the latter, we’ve […]

Posted by: Claire Matheson

Pure Powder goes off piste locating the best après-ski London restaurants

Missing those cosy, snowy après-ski escargot-eating evenings? Due to our lack of Summer here in London, we thought we’d steer you towards some alpine establishments to relive those skiing memories. Book in for a night of yodelling and fondues before the Summer hits: FRANCE L’Art du Fromage Starters from £7 Like cheese? Who doesn’t – […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

The joys of Heli Skiing in Canada in April

OK so late season skiing may have a reputation for being more social than serious in Europe with the choice of lunch venue being the most important decision of the day.  But head over the pond to Western Canada – the global epicenter of heli skiing – and we reckon you’ll be blown away by the April […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

A Day in the Life of a Heli Skier: Part III – Steep & Deep in the Trees

Many thanks to Pure Powder & CMH guest Craig McCulloch for the following article on his CMH Heli Skiing trip in March 2013… Skiing with Pure Powder’s Canadian operator CMH Heli Skiing offers two very distinctive types of heli skiing. Most of us love the enjoyment of blue bird skies, no wind and heavenly high […]

Posted by: Claire Matheson