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Pure Powder’s 2011 Christmas present guide for the skier in your life

Another Christmas is upon us and there is a collective sigh of relief as the snow hits Europe and North America to give us the Christmas present we all wish for. But what else do the skiers and snow boarders in your life really want? Here at Pure Powder the off piste and heli skiing experts have devised another fool-proof list of 10 ski-friendly Christmas gifts to keep those powder hounds full of festive cheer and geared up for their time on the white stuff:Sony TX5 Digital

For the ultimate ski-friendly camera, look no further than Sony’s TX5 Digital Compact camera. It fits snugly into your ski jacket, shoots HD movies and is hard-wearing beyond belief being waterproof, shrugging off freezing conditions and surviving drops from 1.5 metres. Let’s not test out the claims on your first day though…

Perilla ski socks

For the best in ski socks, look no further than Perilla who produce the most luxurious range of alpaca socks made in England. Lightweight and warm and made from 75% alpaca wool, you can pick the colours to best suit the skier in your life. They even have a cushioned sole for maximum comfort and are super hard-wearing. £54 for three pairs

Ashish for Topshop

First rule to looking stylish chez lodge? Kit yourself out with Ashish’s new range for Topshop. A tongue-in-cheek take on chalet style although we’re not sure who we’d buy the leapord print ski pants for. With prices starting from £55, everyone can make a style statement on the slopes.

Go Pole

By now, everyone seems to have a Go Pro helmet camera of their own turning every skier into a budding Spielberg on the slopes. Now you need a Go Pole mount to get the best angles to show off your turns/jumps/flips with its 36-inch extension. And it’s stocking filler friendly for £30!

Pro Tec Riot helmet

We wanted to bring you the best helmet for consideration in 2012 so thought to bring you a modern-day helmet for the snow which could also come in handy when going down the shops. Presenting the Pro-Tec ‘Riot’; a super-light, vented helmet with removable earpads and liner to ensure the right temperature at all times.

Sweaty Betty ski cape

Channelling your inner Zhivago? Sweaty Betty have the right idea with their 60’s inspired waterproof, belted ski cape. Insulated with a superior thermal layer and fashioned with a faux fur detachable collar, this will certainly set off your après-ski glamour. From £290

alexski gloves blogDescribed as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of ski gloves, Alexski Ski Gloves are hand stitched in Milan from the highest grade English waterproof leather, interlined with Goretex and lined with New Zealand Possum fur for maximum warmth. They’re not cheap starting from £255 but think how toasty warm your hands will be if stuck on a chairlift (or waiting for the helicopter to pick you up for another round of heli skiing).Diva Dogs ski jacket

So you are all kitted out and ready to go? Hang on….you forget to take care of the pooch didn’t you? Never fear, we have found a luxury pink quilted ski parka for the dog in your life with a soft and snug fleece lining to keep Princess warm. Making her feel right at home in the on-slope Chanel boutique in Courchevel.

Looking for something for the guy or girl who has everything…how about a pair of Salomon’s new BBR skis which are apparently ‘shaping the future’. Inspired by other ‘gliding’ sports such as surfing and wake-boarding this ski is has an oversized, surfboard like tip and rocker shape enabling the ski to float in powder as well as carve it up on the piste. We just like the shape… Available for £490 from Ellis Brigham

BBR Salomon skis

Jack Wills Stocking fillers

And where to go for those ski-friendly stocking fillers? The easy answer is Jack Wills. For lip balms, boot bags, ski goggles and knitted goods to keep all those simplistic teenagers happy, look no further…

What about the ultimate Christmas present? If you’re one of those generous sorts, why not treat all the family to a once-in-a-lifetime heli skiing trip in 2012 skiing CMH Bugaboos next Christmas? Prices start from C$6,490 with kids aged between 12-17 going 1/2 price! Contact Pure Powder for your heli skiing needs or call us on 0207 736 8191

Posted by: Suzy Small

Off-Piste Skiing: Your Questions Answered

  If taking on challenging terrain sounds like a thrilling adventure, then off-piste skiing may just be the ideal outdoor sport for you. Venturing outside the boundaries of standard ski resorts can be a rewarding experience, allowing you to leave behind the groomed slopes and instead make tracks across the fresh snow of the backcountry. […]

Posted by: Samantha

Heli Skiing: Everything You Need To Know

  Heli skiing is an invigorating outdoor sport involving breathtaking views from remote backcountry slopes. Whether you are an excited first-time/beginner skier or a seasoned skier looking for a new challenge, heli skiing has something to offer. In this quick read, we will be covering everything you need to know about heli skiing.   If […]

Posted by: Samantha

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