CMH provides the helicopters, K2 provides the prototypes, guests provide the feedback for final ski designs.
K2 is interviewing for new ski designers. Job requirements: ability to ski thousands of vertical feet of untracked powder in British Columbia’s Monashee Mountains, then talk about skis while eating like a king and hanging at the bar. Successful applicants must be comfortable with helicopter transportation.
Think you’re qualified? No, K2 designer Anthony DeRocco hasn’t lost his job. And no, it’s not a paying gig—except for the new pair of skis you get. It’s part of a cool cross-promotion between Seattle-based K2 and Banff, B.C.–based CMH Heli Skiing.
We bring you this via gizmodo: head-first footage of what it's like to be caught in an avalanche. This unnamed skier decided to strap on a helmet cam while heliskiing near Haines, Alaska. He also decided to bail on a final snow check and drop right in -- along with a big chunk of surly snow. We'll let the source on the scene take up the story:
A new Revelstoke heliski outfit serves up virgin slopes in a 600-square-mile domain.
The chopper thumps up Victor Creek and lands on a ridge somewhere above Revelstoke, British Columbia. Eagle Pass Heliskiing guide Norm Winter exits into the Crayola-blue Monashee morning. Winter—who has the sky-matching blue eyes that all mountain guides seem to share, deep-set in a face that's all angles—skis down to timberline, then stops to dig a snowpit and gauge avalanche conditions. Satisfied, he clicks into his bindings.