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Why Canada?

You will ski through ancient forests and vast snow-covered fields deep within the Canadian wilderness. Over the course of the winter a staggering eighteen meters of powder snow accumulates here! Since 2007, we have been partnered with Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH).CMH is the oldest and most experienced heli-ski company in the world. They operate 13 lodges spread throughout British Columbia, and have been meeting and surpassing heli-ski expectations for over fifty years.

Your lodges bedroom gives you direct access to the best freeride locations in the world. Every time you step into the helicopter, you’ll experience breathtaking views of the Canadian mountain ranges. It is in these beautiful sparkling white powder fields that you, along with the other lucky few, will make your descents.

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For whom?

By taking your level, budget, and the time of the year into account, we can offer up to dozens of different options for your trip. Thanks to this large selection, every trip is in fact ‘custom made’. Novice off-piste skiers are familiarized with freeriding through the ‘Powder Intro’ program. Advanced freeriders can indulge with ‘Steep Camp’ and our very own ‘Pillow Weeks’.  Even if you consider yourself somewhere between these two extremes, CMH offers a solution. Canada has so much to offer everyone, so there are possibilities for every level.

For me as a snowboarder, Heli-boarding has always been my ultimate dream. In 2016, this dream came true when I went on my first trip... 5 days of snowboarding in perfect conditions, in the most beautiful surroundings, with like-minded people only! A real party and a journey that I will never forget. This was the first trip, but certainly not the last! Thanks to Philippe and Paul for making my dream come true!

- Bibian Mentel, Dutch Olympic Athlete

Testimonial Bibian Mentel - Olympisch kampioen snowboardster

Canadian heli-skiing possibilities

With thirteen different lodges and a varied heli-skiing selection, the possibilities during the winter season (from December to April) are countless. You and your travel companions can choose to join another group. Or, if you prefer a more intimate setting, book a private helicopter just for you and yourgroup. In both cases, you will have the time of your life enjoying the slopeswith like-minded people. Whatever you may choose, one thing is standard for every trip: the helicopter will take you to the most breathtaking places, and our guides make sure you get those first tracks you came for. Contact us for more information on all the different possibilities and take a look at our lodges a little further down this page!

Signature Trips | Group travel

Signature Tripsare available for every level. These group trips are developed specifically for beginners, but suitable for enthusiasts who wish to push their boundaries too. You don’t have to be a (semi) professional skier or snowboarder to be able to participate. CMH allows a maximum of four groups of up to eleven people per trip. These groups are assembled based on skiing and snowboarding proficiency.

As a group, you will venture out on the most beautiful runs under the prudent guidance of a selected group of guides. We offer the Signature Trips at nine different CMH locations. Of course, these trips can be booked individually, thus allowing for you to meet many other freeriders with the same passion and enthusiasm. Be prepared to make friends for life!

Small Group

The Small Group heli-ski programs are specially designed for groups of four to six people, including a guide. You will cover many meters on this trip, because the Bell 407 or Bell 212 helicopters fly just for you, and will be waiting for you as the end of the run to pick you up for the next one! This trip can be booked with friends and family, or enjoyed on your own. In smaller groups, extra attention is given to the freeriding level of individual participants in order to ensure that everyone can enjoy the diverse terrain to the fullest! You can book a Small Group at one of the three beautiful CMH locations in either Adamants, Kootenay or Monashees.

Private or Exclusive

During a Private Trip you will be grouped together to a maximum of 4 people, consisting of friends, family, or your brand new freeride partners. Each private tripis guided by two guides and your very own Bell 407 of Bell 212 helicopter, which will drop you off at the top of the best runs of the Gothics and Revelstoke lodges. At the end of the day, you can relax and exchange stories with the other guests back in the lodge.

Have you always dreamt of your own private mountain? Haven’t we all!  Fortunately, you can also choose the most exclusive form of heli-skiing: The Exclusive Trip. You will be staying in your very own lodge and transported by a private helicopter. The mountain is reserved just for you and your family and friends. There are no limits, you can ski as long as your body can handle! Two guides from the Valemount, Bighorn or Nomads Lodge will take you on tour through the beautiful and untouched Canadian backcountry.

In short: you’re simply chartering an entire lodge with your own group. It doesn’t get more exclusive than this.

Safety

At Cloud 9 Travel and CMH we go beyond the minimum safety requirements and we always take extra precautions to ensure the safety of all our guests. Any CMH guide has an average of fourteen years’ experience in his field and each group has at least one (ACMG/IFMGA) certified guide that leads the group. CMH partners with Alpine Helicopters, the leading company in the helicopter industry when it comes to safety regulations. The helicopters at CMH are flown by the best pilots who feel perfectly at home in Columbian Mountains.

Heli High Five

Go heli-skiing with CMH without paying? That’s possible! Bring on five new heli skiers or snowboarders with you to CMH and you can join for FREE! For every new guest you introduce, you will receive a 20% discount on your trip. That discounts rises by 20% for every new guest who books through you at CMH.

Who are eligible for this deal? First, Mountain, ski or snowboard guides who are members of the ACMG, AMGA/IFMGA or the ISIA. Second, ski or snowboard instructors who are members of the CSIA/CASI or PSIA/AASI. And third, ski or snowboard coaches who are connected to the CSCF/FESC.

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Location and terrain: CMH Heliskiing, Canada

CMH gives you access to 3.1 million hectares of skiing terrain. That is about a third of the size of ​​Switzerland! As pioneers of heli-skiing, CMH was able to put its mark on the most beautiful terrain of the Columbia Mountains. They have access to the best snow conditions in the world! From vast and unspoiled powder, to endless, rollingfields,to high mountain tops and challenging tree runs: where-ever you look you will findsnow in abundance. However, this is not ordinary snow. Because of the unique geographical location of the Columbia Mountain ranges, you will ski on ‘Champagne Powder’ the world famous extremely dry Canadian powder snow. Paradise on Earth really does exist…

Terrain and snow conditions

The thirteen unique areas selected by CMH still comprise, up to today, the most beautiful ski areas in the world. They offer huge amounts of dry powder snow and each area features its own unique combination of forest, field and glacier landscape. All areas are reserved exclusively to CMH and provide a challenging and varied terrain. Canada is a snow-rich country, that is certain. But, what is the snowiest place of all? That is Mount Copeland, located in the heart of the CMH terrain in Revelstoke. With an annual snowfall of more than twenty-four meters, this number breaks all Canadian records.

Lodge life

Since its inception in 1959, CMH has been striving for casual luxury. They managed to accomplish this in the most remote and impressive locations of Canada. The lodges are built exclusively to relax in, to enjoy,and to recharge. All the lodges are equipped with sauna’s, hot tubs, massage rooms, climbing walls, and gyms. In addition, each lodge has a cozy fireplace and a small bar to enjoy a well-deserved drink after a day on the mountain. CMH’s thirteen unique locations consist of both remote lodges which are only accessible by helicopter and cozy lodges in the middle of charming Columbian Mountain villages.

Contact us for more information on lodge life and take a look at all the different lodges available above.

Journey to Canada

KLM offers comfortable, quick and easy flights directly from Amsterdam to Calgary in less than nine hours. Depending on the lodge you are staying in, you can either be picked up by CMH Transport In Calgary, or continue on a one-hour domestic flight to Kelowna and get picked up there. In the latter case, you will arrive at the CMH lodge within three hours after landing at the airport. You can also choose to kick-off with a great road trip before beginning your heli-ski adventure. Pass through places like Banff, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, and Revelstoke and let yourself be surprised by the Roger Pass and the Rocky Mountains!

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