skilled skierslearn alongside your peers
expert coachingfrom pros and guides
rugged terrain big, steep and deep
As deep as you dare
Push your powder skills to the limit as you float through the very best of our three million acre alpine playground. We pair the biggest bowls, steepest drops and leg-burning lines with our team of expert backcountry coaches, so honing your technique isn’t just fun — it’s unforgettable.
Go big, but go safe
Skiing just beyond your comfort zone doesn’t mean skiing in the danger zone. With the most advanced safety equipment, expert guides and all-mountain monitoring, we ensure our commitment to safe skiing goes well-beyond industry standards.
Remote retreats and mountain-town getaways
Journey to the heart of the backcountry at our historic Cariboos Lodge, or spend a week like a Nakusp local, or a K2 pro, at the CMH Kootenay* Lodge. Whether you’re looking for snow and solitude or a mix of big mountain terrain and vibrant townie hospitality like you'll find in Nakusp, we have a perfect home for your freeride reveries.
* Formerly CMH K2
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Steep Shots & Pillow Drops
Every skier and snowboarder has a style that is all their own. Our expert guides will give you the coaching you need to spot features and find the most dynamic line on any slope. Discover your own personal style as you take on rad drops or dad drops - or neither if you prefer.
Put your skills and nerves to the ultimate test on this no-holds-barred trip to the backcountry. Explore the most challenging terrain in our arsenal as our coaches help you handpick your lines. Drop in and make memories of a lifetime. Think big, steep and, of course, safe.
frequently asked questions
- How strong of a skier do I need to be?
The Steeps, and Steep Shots & Pillow Drops trips are designed to help skiers learn how to approach, navigate and understand moving through different and more challenging terrain.
You should be a strong advanced and fairly aggressive skier, with regular experience on black/double black runs at your local ski hill.
- Is there instruction included?
Our teams of guides will help you hone your technique and maximize the terrain, from steeps to big open lines.
- What type of terrain do you ski/ride - do I need to do drops? Can I opt out of certain terrain?
We’ve got drops for all kinds - Rad drops and Dad drops. The program is tailored to the level of the group and no drops are mandatory. However, you should be a strong advanced and fairly aggressive skier, with regular experience on black/double black runs at your local ski hill.
- What helicopters do you use? How many people are in a helicopter?
Steep Shots & Pillow Drops is a Bell 212 - 9 guest and 2 guides. The Steeps is a Bell 407 with a total of 9 skiers - one group of 5 with 1 guide, and one group of 4 with 2 guides, fly out and drop off at the same meeting site. Small Group trips are 5 skiers + 1 guide in a Bell 407.
- What makes the Freeride trips so special?
The guides that lead these trips have built them from the ground up, and it is reflected in not only their experience and skill, but their passion.
Visit our blog to learn more about the history of The Steeps and Steep Shots & Pillow Drops.
- What's included in my trip? What should I pack?
All of CMH’s Heli-Skiing trips include accommodation at one of our spectacular lodges, food and non-alcoholic beverages, certified guides and helicopter pilots, safety training and the use of specially designed Heli-Skis. Our What’s Included page will give you full details on everything that is included.
For our Freeride Heli-Skiing trips, we would recommend you pack the following:
- Ski or snowboard boots
- Snowboard, if required (NOTE: We do have some snowboards available to rent. Visit our What’s Included page to learn more
- Snow pants and warm coat
- Hard shell or one-piece suit
- Goggles/mitts or gloves
- Wool hat or toque
- Multi-layer clothing for skiing
- 3-4 pairs of comfortable, warm socks
- Light workout clothes for morning stretch class
- Bathing suit for hot tub or sauna
- Indoor shoes or slippers
- Casual clothing for in the lodge
- Optional items: alarm clock, camera, binoculars, collapsible poles (for snowboarders), spare snowboard parts (as listed in the Snowboard Gear form you will receive when you book)
NOTE: Helmets are mandatory for Steep Shots & Pillow Drops, The Steeps, and Big Mountain trips.
- Do you supply Avalanche Flotation Devices (AFD airbags)?
We have a limited number of packs available to rent at each lodge each week. Read about our AFD rental program to find out more.
- What are the qualifications of CMH guides/tail guides?
CMH is the largest single employer of mountain guides worldwide with over 120 professionals averaging more than 14 years of experience. Each guide has completed an 8-year certification process with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) or the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA).
- What training and equipment will I get? Can I use my own transceiver?
Before our guests ski, they take part in a mandatory helicopter safety briefing and transceiver training. We will provide you with a trasceiver, radio, probe and shovel.
We recommend that all guests use our transceivers so we can ensure everyone is on the same system.
- Do I have to sign a waiver?
Yes - every guest, including non-skiers, must complete a waiver form prior to their arrival. Visit our Booking Information page to complete your Heli-Skiing waiver.