Our partners at Alpine Helicopters provide us with a fleet of 25 helicopters to ensure our heliski program runs smoothly. Each area also has a team of dedicated pilots and engineers. No other heliskiing operator in the world has access to the helicopter fleet and specialized pilots that CMH Heli-Skiing has supporting our operations.
The primary helicopters we use are twin-engine, 11-passenger, jet-powered Bell 212s. We also use Bell 407s and Bell L3s for smaller groups and special flights. At our 11 areas, we have:
• 13 Bell 212s;
• 6 Bell 407s; and
• 6 Bell L3s.
For backup Alpine keeps a 212 and 407 in Golden, BC and an additional 212 in Valemount, BC.
Alpine's pilots are specially trained in our mountain environment. As active participants in our safety network, they monitor our guests' compliance and give a comprehensive safety talk around the helicopter just before the groups lift off for their first run.
Ongoing maintenance is provided by a full-time engineer based in each area. All helicopters are equipped with modified skid gear to land on snow, a side basket with a lid to carry skis and snowboards, and radios to ensure continuous communication between pilot, guides, the base lodge, other CMH areas, and outside resources.