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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