CMH HELI-SKIING HISTORY

The dreams of a young Austrian in the Canadian mountains

In early 1950, a young Austrian, Hans Gmoser, emigrated to Canada with very little money but with big dreams of living in the Canadian mountains. Inspired by his dream and his years of backcountry experience as a guide, Hans formed a small company in 1957 which later arrived with the foundation of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH). After several years, his business prospered as he led thousands of skiers and climbers on thrilling mountain tours.

The birth of Heli-Skiing

In April 1965, Hans Gmoser was presented an idea from his ski guests, an idea that had never been tried by any resort in the world, to use a helicopter to access more magical ski runs in Columbia Mountain. Heli-Skiing was now born and became an instant success in this remote area of Bugaboo Mountains. CMH soon began providing new mountain adventures to hundreds of skiers each year, and also began building comfortable mountain lodges to accommodate them. Canadian Mountain Holidays has evolved into the world’s largest heli-skiing company.