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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

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

Heli Skiing in Canada: 4 reasons why it’s special

If you’ve ever wondered why 95% of the world’s heli skiing operators are based in Canada check out our 4 reasons why heli skiing in Canada is a must for everyone’s bucket lists. ONE// TERRAIN They say size doesn’t matter, but in the case of heli skiing, Canada’s sheer scale makes it the perfect place […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Silver Star

Location: Located in the stunning Okanagan Valley, Silver Star is British Colombia’s third largest ski and is an unspoiled paradise where you can expect the famous champagne powder we all know and love.  The varied terrain spreads over the 3,282 acres (1,328 hectares) and attracts every kind of skier. Getting there:  Silver Star is extremely […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Sun Peaks

Location:  Having added two new Alpine zones to their ski area in the 2014/2015 season, Sun Peaks has become 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:  Easily accessible, Sun Peaks is about a 50-minute […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

How is snow formed?

As skiers we are obsessed with those tiny little flakes falling from the sky – constantly on the lookout for the next powder dump and eagerly awaiting those cold mornings when you wake up to find a white blanket covering everything and the perfect powder skiing conditions! But a question we often ask ourselves is […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Do I have to break the bank to go heli skiing in Canada?

Floating through knee-deep powder with only your buddies to keep you company.  A helicopter waiting at the bottom of each run.  Being whisked up to the top of another glorious powder filled peak.  That’s what dreams are made of – but the key question is do you have to break the bank to make making […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

The Top 5 Heli Ski Lodges in the World

Pure Powder have put together their top five heli ski lodges in the world.   ONE// Deplar Farm, Iceland This first-class, modern lodge, located on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, is a remote retreat ideal for thrill seeking heli skiers who enjoy the finer things in life.  As well as epic heli ski lines down to the […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Big White

Location: The third largest ski resort in British Columbia, Big White, is sandwiched between the Okanagan Valley and the Monashee Mountain range.  It has a fantastic reputation for its first-rate powder as it receives an average annual snowfall of 750cm. Getting there:  West Jet and Air Canada run daily flights to Kelowna Airport via Calgary […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

The Ultimate Ski Bucket List – Telegraph October 2016

Canadian Mountain Holidays named one of The Telegraph’s Ultimate Ski Bucket List: ‘The tension of waiting for the weather to break, the expectation as the helicopter rotors begin to spin, the eagle’s eye view of pristine wilderness peaks as you’re flown 
to the drop zone, the deep, dry snow you get to ride… all of […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Heli Skiing in Iceland – An Adventure of a Lifetime

The Telegraph have named heli skiing in Iceland one of their 50 adventures of a lifetime. ‘Ski from the mountain peaks down to the sea or fly-fish for salmon in glacial rivers accessed only by helicopters. You’ll be staying at Deplar Farm, the ultimate wilderness retreat located in a remote valley in north-west Iceland, surrounded […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder Sponsoring London Screening of ‘Ruin and Rose’

Come and join us on Friday 11th November at The Ham Yard Hotel, Central London for an exclusive viewing of MSP Films newest movie “Ruin and Rose”. We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring “Ruin and Rose” alongside Surefoot London for the second year in a row.  This new 4K HD definition film features jaw-dropping action […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Top 10 Ski Blogs

Back in November 2010 we blogged about the ‘best ski blogs in the business’ and now, after some extensive research and deliberation we bring you our newest, hottest top 10 list… These blogs are set to bring you the latest news, fashionable destinations and first-rate tips and advice.  They are 100% guaranteed to whet your […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s CMH Heli Skiing UK Tour – October 2016

CMH Heli Skiing Presentations:  For over 35 years,  Pure Powder have been the exclusive UK representatives of CMH Heli Skiing in Canada – the largest heli ski operator in the world.   Each year Pure Powder team up with one of the CMH heli ski mountain guides and set about spreading the love for powder skiing on a […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Summer Adventures in Western Canada

When you think of Western Canada you think of winter.  You think of the cold and the rain and the snow.  What you may not realise is that a summer in the mountains of British Columbia and Alberta is like no other, there are so many activities to choose from, and it is breathtakingly beautiful! […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Heli Skiing in Chile – 5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss

If you’re missing the snow this summer, fear not – there is plenty of the deep powder skiing to be had in the Southern Hemisphere.  And arguably the best place to ski in summer is the central Chilean Andes; famed for it’s consistent (and big) storms and endless terrain this is explorative heli skiing at […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder feature in ‘In the Snow’

Heli skiing can seem like an impossible dream to many of us. You’ve seen the glossy magazine pictures, perhaps watched a video, but could you really do it yourself?  Most are happy on the piste, but never really see the “wow” factor of off-piste (which seems more like hard work!), and may never have the […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder and CMH feature in Fall Line Magazine

Pure Powder and CMH feature twice in April 2015 ski magazine Fall Line.  “Heli-skiing: the ultimate trip of a lifetime.  Fresh lines all day, zero uphill effort, floating through bottomless pow, blah blah blah: sound alright.  Which is why my ski-mad husband and I used the excuse of ‘winter honeymoon’ to book this extravagant and […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

CMH feature in Fall Line Magazine: A Day in the Life of Doug Dykeman

‘Nobody knows the vast, shreddable terrain of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) – which marks 50 years in heli-skiing last winter – better than Alpine’s chief pilot, whose precision landings have delivered trillions of vertical feet of thigh-deep fun’ To get your hands on the gripping article which takes you into ‘a day in the life of… […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder and CMH Heli Skiing in the FT Weekend Magazine

Pure Powder and CMH Heli Skiing were featured in the 16-page ski special ‘Pink Snow’ article which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of heli skiing.  We took Tom Robbins with us to Canada in order to uncover what all the hype about skiing with a helicopter is. “It is dark when we turn alongside the Columbia […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank