STRATTON, Vt. – CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, the world’s largest Heli-Skiing and Heli-Hiking operator, has produced an awe-inspiring virtual reality film to introduce the sport of Heli-Skiing to the world. The cinematic piece entitled “Lines of Sight: A Guided Virtual Reality Experience” was created in partnership with the award-winning Sherpas Cinema with support from Google’s AR/VR team, using cutting-edge technology in the virtual reality and ski industries.
CMH is taking its technology on the road, installing heli-inspired VR lounges at ski resorts across North America. Landing at Stratton Mountain resort from Feb. 2-3 and 9-10, 2019, resort goers will be able to step into a giant CMH lounge located in the base area to experience the film in virtual reality firsthand and take the ride of a lifetime, all with your feet planted firmly on the ground.
Filmed entirely at CMH Cariboos with highly customized, site-specific equipment from Google VR and Sherpas Cinema, the five-minute film was created to immerse the viewer into the experience and dispel the myth that Heli-Skiing is extreme, instead demonstrating that it’s more accessible to the average skier and boarder than commonly thought. The end result showcases the future of cinematic VR. “Being able to work with the best in the industry in a truly collaborative manner allowed us to push the boundaries of technology and bring the Heli-Skiing experience to a wider market,” said Julia LoVecchio, director of marketing at CMH.
“The biggest thing people ask for in VR is ‘take me places I can’t go,’” said Sarah Steele, Google VR program manager, “and Heli-Skiing is an incredible experience that only a lucky few could even imagine.”
CMH founder Hans Gmoser was a visionary who invented Heli-Skiing more than 50 years ago, and it is in the spirit of this legacy that the team continues to provide such innovative experiences. Led through the terrain by ACMG Mountain Guide, Craig McGee, the viewer experiences every part of the journey from buckling in for the helicopter ride to gliding down the powdery slopes of the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. The vistas are breathtaking, the movement of the skiers magical, and the result is pure inspiration.