When 5000m of vertical at Thredbo equals heli skiing in Canada

Powder tree skiing with CMH Heli Skiing.

Fancy heli skiing in Canada? Yeah, us too.

It’s one step closer this southern season with Thredbo’s Vertical Metres Challenge.

Thredbo Resort, our favourite fun Canadian heli skiing company, CMH Heli-Skiing alongside Travelplan Ski and Air Canada are putting on a challenge like no other for skiers and snowboards this winter with the launch of the Vertical Metres Challenge.

Guests who ride over 5000 vertical metres in one day at Thredbo will automatically go in the draw to win the ultimate heli-skiing trip in Canada for two in 2023 worth over $28K.

Say what?

Yep, the lucky winner will receive return airfares, transfers, accommodation and meals for two plus 5-days of heli-skiing at the CMH Kootenay Heli-skiing area. Trust us, it’s a ski and board holiday you will never forget.

To take on the challenge and be in the running, skiers and snowboarders must clock over 5000 vertical metres on the mountain in one day throughout Thredbo’s 2022 winter season. Metres will be automatically recorded on guest lift pass profiles, and each day that a rider hits the 5000-metre mark equates to an additional entry.

Start those wall sits in the gym, stat!

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The prize (valued at $28,500 AUD) includes:

  • Two return Air Canada economy flights to Kelowna Airport from the winner’s nearest capital city in Australia (flight associated taxes are included).  Airfare is valid for a departure from 1 February 23 to 27 February 23 (last possible day to depart Australia to arrive on time at CMH Kootenay).
  • 5 nights of accommodation in 2x single rooms at the Kootenay CMH Lodge 28/02/2023 – 05/03/2023.
  • Use of lodge facilities including saunas, hot tubs and more.
  • All meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Shuttle transportation to and from Kelowna Airport or Revelstoke, only on the designated start and end days of the Kootenay trip.
  • Services of ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides), and/or IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Association) certified guides, and guides recognised by HeliCat Canada.
  • Use of specially designed Heli-Skis and Snowboards. Poles are also provided. Note: Boots are not provided.
  • Training in and use of avalanche transceivers.
  • Use of a CMH guest pack including radio, shovel and probe.
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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.