December 9, 2021
Dear skiers, riders, summer adventurers and friends,
For the first time since March 2020, we are once again heli-skiing with guests, and we could not be more excited! It has been a very long and challenging year and a half, and we are so happy to be open again. We’re grateful to you, our dear guests and friends, for supporting us and for sticking with us.
We guide you through life-changing mountain experiences.
That is our mission, our passion, what we love to do, and we’ve missed sharing it with all of you!
I just spent 10 days at four different guide training sessions at CMH Cariboos, Adamants, Galena and Bobbie Burns. Our team of guides now exceeds 160 strong! The energy at each location was electric, and the joy of once again being in our beloved mountains was truly moving. It was wonderful to be back.
There is a near-record snowpack at treeline, and the bush and alders at lower elevations are largely hibernating under the surface. I don’t recall seeing such good coverage in early December before. We are heartbroken by the flooding that recent storms caused in parts of British Columbia, but all that rain in the valleys fell as metres of snow in the mountains.
Despite our enthusiasm to get going again, our team will be easing, not charging back into operating. We (and most of you) have not heli-skied in almost two years. We have quite a few members of the team who are in new positions or are new to CMH. And with the added measures we are implementing to help keep everyone healthy, we will be managing an added layer of complexity in what is already a very complex business. Given that we are still in a pandemic, our primary goal continues to be that everyone returns home safely.
The heli-skiing will be as awesome as ever this winter. The lodges will be just as comfortable, the hospitality just as welcoming, and our commitment to taking care of these special places just as strong. However, some things will be different.
Public health measures vary widely across countries and regions. We are required to follow the regulations of the Province of British Columbia, and we will need you to do the same. These currently include mandatory mask use except when you are skiing or seated with your cohort eating and drinking, daily health checks, enhanced hygiene measures, and limiting your close contacts to reduce the chance of transmission and implications of sickness. You can see our protocols here.
Traveling to CMH will not be as straightforward this year, either. Familiarize yourself with the most current requirements to enter Canada and to return home. Planning ahead, staying healthy prior to your trip by limiting your close contacts, scheduling some extra time and ensuring that you have followed all the necessary steps will make the process as seamless as it can be. We have some useful resources here.
But when you get here, we will be ready and eager to welcome you. And for those who have not yet booked, we still have prime spaces coming available. We would love to introduce you to the best skiing and riding on the planet!
The mountains are a timeless sanctuary where the concerns and challenges of everyday life seem less daunting, less overwhelming. They free us to live the passions that define us. They inspire us to be our best selves. We look forward to sharing our world with you. Now, more than ever, we all need it.
See you on the slopes!
CMH President & COO