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6 ski themed Christmas gift ideas from Pure Powder…

Does your other half love skiing like you love them? If so, you may be a little jaded by this skiing lark but how about some Christmas gift ideas to keep them quiet on Christmas day? Here at Pure Powder – the off piste and heli ski specialists – we’ve done the hard work and searched […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

The Pure Powder Guide to the best ski blogs in the business

As the ski season draws ever closer we thought we’d share with you our thoughts on the best skiing blogs in cyberspace… Whatever you are after, be it finding some hidden resort gems, off piste skiing tips, the ultimate heli skiing destinations or just a bit of fun in the snow… our pick of the […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Alaska – is it worth the “Down day” gamble!?

I got my answer on day three. As the helicopter banked steeply round we could see a tiny ridge with what looked like near vertical drops on every side. Surely not? I think all four of us were thinking the same thing; where on earth would we land – let alone ski!? Before we could do […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder Heli Skiing – In The Snow (Issue 15 Nov 2010)

Ever Dreamt of Heli-Skiing? Considered by most to be the Holy Grail of skiing experiences, we touched base with Charlie Brooksbank, Director of Pure Powder, the UK’s leading heli-ski specialists, to get his insider views on tow world famous heli-skiing destinations…

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder Off Piste La Grave – The Independent (16th October 2010)

Two feet in La Grave For the best off-piste skiing in France, go one step beyond the black run – and don’t forget to rope up. It’s one way to get the attention of your group: to announce on the first morning that the couloir into which you are about to ski has killed several […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

5 Ingredients to a Great CMH Heli Ski Run

What makes a great heli ski run? Topher Donahue grilled Steve Chambers (manager of CMH Revelstoke) for an insiders perspective on the elements that make up a perfect day: 1) Great Snow – CMH Heli Skiing have runs that range in length from 400m to 2,000m and if the snow is perfect it doesn’t really matter […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Changing ski tech – rock with CMH heli skiing in 2011

It’s an exciting time as far as ski kit is concerned, with new technologies continuing to push the boundaries.  CMH heli skiing has responded to this by updating their fleet of skis for the 2011 season. Aaron Ambuske, VP Global Product Development for K2 Skis, explains what all the fuss is about… Rocker technology has changed the […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Staying fit this summer with cycling, pilates and summer skiing in Chile, with Pure Powder and Powder South

If you’re like the rest of us, the British heatwave has sapped all your energy to ensure that you’re now at your happiest when lying in a cold bath/stuck in an air conditioning vent/moving into your freezer. But we’re now less than 5 months before another joyous Ski Season starts, with the experts advising aerobic […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder banishes some Heli Skiing Myths…

We tackle the 8 most common misconceptions about heli skiing… 1. You jump out of the Helicopter You may be amazed at the skills of the pilots but who’d want to jump out of a helicopter with a pair of skis on!?  The reality is you always touch down (usually at a tried and tested […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Heli skiing with CMH in Canada: a dream becomes a reality

My memory of planning & booking my first heli skiing trip happened in what seemed like an instant. My oldest skiing friend, Malcolm, had just come back from his first trip with CMH Heli Skiing to the Adamants lodge in British Columbia. He sent me some pictures with a note that said “Remember we all promised […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Explore Antarctica in style with Pure Powder

I remember so clearly where it all started. Four of us huddled together in a small mountain tent nearly a 1,000kms away from the nearest human settlement. Our goal was to traverse the whole continent of Antarctica and right then, we were waiting out a storm. We had been going for about seventy days and […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder – Tatler (April 2010)

Inside Track – Pure Powder As the snow turns to slush in the Alps and the runs are cluttered with Easter holiday crowds, ski fanatatics should start looking further afield for their off-piste kicks.  Cue freshly re-launched heli-ski specialists Pure Powder…

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

CMH Heli-Skiing – Daily Telegraph (5th November 2008)

Heli-Skiing: five great locations The Monashees, British Columbia:  the most challenging of the ski areas in the Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) portfolio, the Monashees are not for the first-time heli-skier. Offering what is arguably the best “steep and deep” tree skiing in the world, two-thirds of the runs are set in mature, well-spaced forest…Read the […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

CMH Heli-Skiing – The Independent (7th February 2009)

Best for powder hounds: British Columbia  “There’s a vertical inconvenience ahead so we’re going that way,” says Allan the guide, pointing with his pole. “Do not go below me. Any questions?” In other words (mountain guides are masters of understatement): “There’s a cliff down there so follow me or you’re screwed.” And with that Allan […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

CMH Heli-Skiing – Times Online (23rd Janaury 2008)

  A first time heli-skier in Canada – watch the video whoops and wipeouts of ski fanatic Charlie Light on his heli-ski debut. Imagine two miles of untouched powder ahead of you, a personal heli-taxi to take you back up the mountain and a cosy lodge with an open fire at the end of the […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder – Times Online (10th February 2010)

The experts’ guide to off piste skiing Rhythm, speed, an avalanche probe and side-opening trousers – these and more essentials for skiing powder We asked three Pure Powder ski guides to offer their tips on how to prepare for off-piste skiing, the kit you’ll need when venturing off-piste and perfecting the powder skiing technique. Here’s […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Ready to heli ski? My first time experience with CMH and Pure Powder [Part 2]

So the fears had subsided (read Part 1 for how I left my Valium at home) and a thorough safety demonstration was followed by a delicious lunch. Then it was time to boot up and get ready for some afternoon heli skiing! I was particularly lucky that our group was being lead by the infamous […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

The Pure Powder guide to the top 2 off piste ski resorts in France

Where are the best places to ski off piste in glorious fresh powder tracks in France? There are many great resorts to choose from, but here are my top two… ONE:  Chamonix, France FLEXIBILITY is the name of the game here. Situated right at the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, Chamonix is the perfect gateway into […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Ready to heli ski? My first time experience with CMH [Part 1]

I wanted to tell Roko – my 6″4, disturbingly svelte mountain guide that no, I was not. I wanted to sit him down and explain that the prospect of jumping out of a helicopter and onto a mountain ledge with nothing but four wooden sticks of varied length and width filled me with an unerring […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

3 top tips to improve your off piste skiing – by heli ski guide Roko

You wake up, look out of the window, and there’s a pristine blanket of fresh white snow covering everything in sight. To make the most of those unforgettable powder days, here are some top tips to help improve your off piste skiing & heli skiing techniques – pulled together with the help of one of […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank