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Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Partners with CMH Heli-Skiing to Launch Chair to Chopper Challenge

Written by Charlie Pankey

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows App users can qualify for an all-inclusive Canadian heli-skiing trip

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Dec. 21, 2018–New this season, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is upping the ante on its app-based vertical challenge contest. Bragging rights among friends is great, and a heli-skiing adventure is even greater. 

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures have partnered to launch the Chair to Chopper Challenge. Located in Western Canada, CMH Heli-Skiing makes backcountry skiing and riding dreams come true, with access to 3 million acres of remote terrain within the famous powder triangle of British Columbia. This season, any guest who skis 100,000 vertical feet at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows—as measured by the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows app—will be entered into a drawing for a free CMH Heli-Skiing Trip in 2019-20. Any vertical feet logged in the 2018-19 season using the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows app will count toward the contest, even if it was skied prior to the contest announcement. The winner will be announced on the closing day of the 2018-19 season.

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The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows app is an innovative tool to help guide new visitors and locals alike around the resort’s 6,000 skiable acres. The app not only gives users real-time lift and trail status, but it’s capabilities extend to tracking your on snow stats, including lifts and trails skied, vertical feet skied and maximum speed.

The winner of the contest will receive their choice of a four- or five-day CMH Heli-Skiing “Signature” Trip for one person during the 2019-20 winter season. A trip of this caliber is valued at more than $7,000 USD. The winner will need to get those ski legs in shape; they will ski up to 57,000 vertical feet during the four-day trip, or opt for up to a massive 71,000 vertical feet of skiing for the five-day trip. Transportation, accommodations, meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the prize package. Prior heli-skiing experience is not required; CMH’s highly-certified and experienced guides will provide training on heli-skiing specific equipment and practices. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply. Visit the Chair to Chopper Challenge website for more information.

CMH “Lines of Sight” Virtual Reality Tour
For a sample of the heli-ski lifestyle, make sure to check out CMH’s “Lines of Sight” Virtual Reality tour when it stops at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows on March 29-31 and April 5-7. Created in partnership with award-winning production company Sherpas Cinemas, “Lines of Sight” is an awe-inspiring virtual reality film, designed to introduce the world to the sport of heli-skiing, and convey that it’s more accessible to the average skier than commonly thought. CMH is taking its technology on the road, installing heli-inspired VR lounges at ski resorts across North America. You and your family can get a taste of heli-skiing with this state of the art VR experience, all with your feet planted firmly on the ground. 

About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Voted ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America for three years in a row by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe, California. Spanning over 6,000 skiable acres across two mountains, skiers and riders of all ability levels are welcomed by over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain, legendary steeps, 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones and a custom app to make the most of every visit. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year-round with nonstop events and over 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny California days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the Spring Skiing Capital™ as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe. Visit the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows website or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more. You can also visit us on InstagramTwitterFacebook and Vimeo.

About CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures
Celebrating over 50 years of heli-adventures, CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures is the world’s first and largest Heli-Skiing and Heli-Hiking operator. At 3 million acres, the total CMH tenure is one-third the size of Switzerland. From their head office in Banff, Alberta, CMH operates from 12 lodges located in the Bugaboo, Purcell, Selkirk, 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 to August. For more information, please visit

**For editorial use only, courtesy CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures

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