The largest heli ski operation in the world, Canadian Mountain Holidays consists of 11 lodges with huge sprawling tenures spanning British Columbia’s Eastern Rockies. With this much terrain it goes without saying that there is something for everyone, no matter what you’re looking for in a heli ski experience.
CMH was the first heli skiing operator in the world and founder Hans Gmoser essentially invented using helicopters to take skiers to remote lines back in 1965. With so many years in the business, CMH can custom build experiences that will satisfy even the most discriminating adventure traveler.
CMH offers a range of programs from private lodges, to heli ski 101 clinics, to steep camps. All the lodges are beautiful mountain dwellings serving fine dining nightly except K2 and Revelstoke which operate out of hotels and are more affordable and flexible for short trips.
CMH is so addictive that current CMH Rep Brad Nichols spent seventeen years there as a paying customer, racking up over 3 million vertical feet of skiing, before becoming the CMH Denver Rep.
This year, CMH has implemented a number of renovations to their heli-ski lodges. The K2 Lodge (formerly Kootenay) has been completely renovated and now features K2 themes and memorabilia, and the lodge provides K2 Demo Days as well as skiing with K2 Athletes Reggie and Zach Crist. All guests that ski/board at CMH K2 will receive a free pair of K2 skis or snowboard. The CMH Bobbie Burns lodge was also renovated this past fall and the CMH Gothics added a new wing to the lodge.
If You Go:
Travel: Depending on which lodge you decide best fits your needs, your travel may range from a three-hour bus ride from Calgary to the Bugaboos to an eight-hour ride to the Monashees or Cariboos.
Basic Package: Packages vary per venue but most include all meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, accommodations, transportation, guide, equipment, beacons and avalanche training.
Years in Biz: 47
Size of Tenure: 15,765 sq km total, biggest tenure is McBride with 1617sq km and 219 runs
Snowfall: Average of 1,800 cm per season
Size of Group: Lodges sleep 10 to 48 guests and the group size is dependant on the kind of trip and the chopper being used. Typical guide to client ratio ranges from 5:1 at Adamants and Kootenay to 11:1 for Bobbie Burns Lodge or privates of 4:1 in Revelstoke and Monashees.
Guarantee: A seven-day trip guarantees 100,000 vertical feet with a refund policy if you don’t hit those numbers.
How they Charge: Trips are dependent on which lodge, length of stay and time of year. A full price sheet can be found on their website.