As a mostly NE resort skier with no experience in deep powder I figured that this is the year I finally take the plunge and learn how to do it. This is my review of my first heli ski trip. After much research and questions I decided to dive in the deep end and go with a 7 day Canadian Mountain Holidays Powder 101 Intro to the Bugaboos. The next thing you know, I’m waist deep in powder in the middle of the Canadian Rockies.
Here’s the thread where I’m trying to decide where to go ski:
GOOD: Hans Gmoser and Leo Grillmair essentially created heli skiing in 1965 in the Bugaboos so CMH is the biggest and most experienced heli operator in the world. This shows in the level of luxury, organization and safety that goes into every trip. Everything down to the smallest details is top notch. It had dumped the prior 2 weeks and there was deep powder everywhere. The scenery and skiing were sublime, the company convivial, and I had a great time. Overall I would highly recommend CMH and the Powder 101 program.
BAD: It was a 7 day trip with 6.5 possible days of skiing. Unfortunately a Pineapple Express blew through bringing rain which shut down flying and skiing for 2 consecutive days mid-week. 2 down days out of 7 is extremely rare and unfortunate but I believe that few on this trip would have considered it a good value for the $$$ (peak season rates).
More to follow…
ps The trip photos were taken by me, other guests, and our guides
A view of the granite spires from the Bugaboo Lodge
Same view from the Bugaboo Lodge as the rain comes in
Another group dropping in above us