Powder University! CMH offers Heli-Skier Higher Education: Powder, Steep, Old Dude and Doc ‘Classes’

I’m reminded of a T-shirt I saw in Colorado (before I became a heli-skier: “Ski Today…..CU Tomorrow.”

Here is the Heli-Skier Press Release from Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH)

CMH Heli-Skiing is taking heli-skiers “back to school”

Launch of Powder U @ CMH. Curriculum at Powder U will include all the courses any heli-skier could dream of (and probably did) in academia.

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Hope they make sweatshirts!

The company that invented Heli-Skiing almost 50 years ago, CMH Heli-Skiing is now taking heli-skiers “back to school” with the launch of Powder U @ CMH for the 2011-2012 ski season. Led by “Dean” Roko Koell, UIAGM and Professor of Powder, the curriculum at Powder U will include all the courses any heli-skier could dream of (and probably did) in academia:

Powder 101 – The Intro (Formerly known as Powder Intro): These trips teach heli-skiers everything they need to know to advance from their home ski areas into a comfortable powder and wilderness skier. Each Powder 101 trip will include 10 heli-skiers and 2 guides to allow skiers to maximize instruction time and quickly advance into the type of deep snow skier that makes for a returning CMH guest! The only pre-requisite is that participants should be strong intermediate skiers on hard pack snow.

Powder 505 – The Steeps: Designed for heli-skiers and snowboarders looking for a challenge on seriously steep terrain, the Powder 505 trip will run in late April 2012 in the Cariboos, when snow conditions are most stable and days are longer, offering better access to challenging terrain. Seeking the most challenging terrain available on any given day, CMH offers expert coaching, finding lines that allow any heli-skier to develop their skills without compromising safety. Prerequisite: Participants must be strong, confident skiers or riders – comfortable on double black diamond runs at resorts like Whistler and Jackson Hole and able to cope with tighter terrain (i.e. couloirs). The Powder 505 – The Steeps weeks are limited to nine skiers/riders (which will be split into two groups), with three guides and a Bell 407 helicopter.

Powder 707 – The Masters: Powder 707 has been designed under the expert direction of Roko Koell to keep guests on the slopes for as long as the spirit is willing. While the passion for Heli-Skiing never fades, veteran heli-skier knees, backs and other bio-mechanical hot-spots do show signs of wear! Powder 707 – The Masters emphasizes quality over quantity of heli skiing. Two guides and a maximum of 10 guests per group ensure a high level of personal attention. Powder 707 weeks will be offered throughout the season. Prerequisite: A willing mind, even if the body is less so.

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Med School: For those who have already been granted their M.D. or D.D.S., CMH’s Med School is open to all health-care providers and other professionals with an interest in health-related issues. CMH will offer seven first-class medical symposia throughout the 2011-2012 season.

To learn more about Powder U @ CMH, please visit: http://www.cmhski.com/powder-U or call 1-800-661-0252.

About CMH Heli-Skiier Heli-Skiing:
Offering heli-adventures since 1965, CMH is the world’s oldest and largest heli-skiing and heli-hiking operator. From their head office in Banff, Alberta, CMH operates exceptional mountain experiences at 11 lodges located in the Bugaboo, Purcell, Selkirk, Kootenay, Monashee, and Cariboo ranges of British Columbia, Canada. Heli-skiing takes place each year from December through April, and CMH Summer Adventures take place from July into early September.


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