Heli-Ski: The Canadian Monashees


Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH)



Who: David Gross, Jim Isenberg, Bob Isenberg, Mark Isenberg Vernon Graff, Jeff Findeisen, Ron Zeretzki, Mike Bernstien, Dave Buckley, and Miles Light
Where: The Canadian Monashee mountain range, 6 hours west of Calgary, 120 KM north of Revelstoke.
When: March 2nd. -- March 11th.

Monashee Range View

Monashee Range View
Helicopter Pickup
Helicopter Pickup

Postcard Turns in the Monashees

Postcard Turns in the Monashees

The Lodge and Surroundings
Canadian Holidays Mountain (CMH) has 11 lodges located in this area, the Monashee lodge is the ugliest. People come here to ski, not to sightsee or hang-out. Mostly "production-skiing". The lodge is located at Mica Creek, a small logging village which was built when the BC Hydro dam was under construction.
View of the BC-Hydro and CMH lodges, with Mount ?? in the background.

House '145', where half of us were lodged. The lodge was a 5-minute walk from there.

Background and Description:

This was the worst snow-year for the Monashees since CMH began. With on only 4-5 feet of snow coverage, the drops were harsh, the trees seemed steep, and the rocks often exposed. It was steep, but not as deep as usual. Despite the thin snowpack, our guides managed to find several sections of excellent powder, even if it was only "knee-deep".

Days 2-3 Soard's Creek Drainage


The warm weather brought morning fog, but we found a hole to fly through.
Sunny skies and warm weather greeted us above the fog.



Since the steep trees were trecherous, we ended up skiing more alpine and glacier slopes than normal for the Monashees. Here are some more snapshots of the alpine skiing.

Dave Gross

Bob Isenberg

Dave B.

Dave Gross

Jim Isenberg

Mike

Bob Isenberg

Ron D.

Jeff and Burnin' Vernin'