WHICH AREA AND WHICH LODGE SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Each of our areas offers a similar selection of terrain, runs, and snow conditions, and if you skied each area under similar weather and snow conditions you'd have difficulty distinguishing between them. (Exception to the general rule: Bobbie Burns, Galena, Kootenay and Monashees shouldn't be considered by first time Heli-Skiers.) It's true that veteran Heli-Skiers often have a favourite lodge or area, based on friendship with particular guides, the extravagant creations of a certain lodge's pastry chef, or just because of an especially peak experience. In the end, this is a little like asking a parent to choose a favourite child. They're all wonderful.
WHAT CAN I FIND IN YOUR SHOPS?
From technical to casual, kids to adults, we have everything to fit your Heli-Skiing needs. Each lodge's shop features a complete line of specially designed CMH clothing, as well as many brand names from around the world. (See Equipment section for more details.) Our retail bywords are quality, function, uniqueness, and value. Every item is field tested before we will endorse it. We also carry film, sunglasses, custom luggage, and souvenirs, as well as a full range of custom boot liners and boot fitting accessories. And while we can't fill prescriptions (you must bring these with you), we do stock a range of over-the-counter medicines.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK, AND HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?
The largest portion of your Heli-Ski trip cost is the helicopter use. Because, in most areas, we have to fly your luggage into the lodge, we request that you pack only those items that are essential to your having a comfortable trip. There is no need to bring an extensive Wardrobe; the lodges are very casual. It would be appreciated by CMH and your fellow travellers if you limit yourself to one carry-on bag and one suitcase weighing no more than 18 kilos (40 lbs.). Air Canada has recently announced a decrease in their baggage weight allowance from 70 lbs to 50 lbs - please check directly with Air Canada or your Travel Consultant for more information.
There are laundry facilities available for your use at each area. Please be sure to bring a tracksuit or exercise clothing to wear during the morning Stretching sessions. We strongly recommend that you leave your skis and poles at home and use our specially designed equipment, which is provided to you at no extra cost. If possible, carry your ski boots as hand luggage.
If you are planning your Heli-Ski trip in conjunction with other travel that requires you to pack more than one suitcase, there is long-term storage at the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel available to our guests. Please note that the lodges use 110-volt (not 220 volt) electrical outlets.
WHAT DO I DO IF I SNORE?
If you don't want your roommate to resent you and you really feel that you must have a single room, even for medical reasons, then you must book one and pay the single supplement.
CAN I BRING MY OWN ABS BALLOON?
The use of ABS avalanche balloons is permitted, but for safety reasons they can't be allowed in the main compartment of the helicopter under any circumstance. All ABS packs must be removed and transported, at the discretion of the guide, in the ski basket, tail boom, or in a netted off jump seat. Regardless of the personal equipment you bring, you will be required to take your turn carrying one of the four guest packs, which contain a shovel, an avalanche probe, a first aid kit and, in one of the packs, a radio.