Alterra adds another Heli-Skiing option to Ikon, Purcell in BC to be added to CMH

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When Alterra was created, CMH Heli-skiing was a key element. As of late August 2021, Alterra has added Purcell Heli-Skiing to CMH. The founder of Purcell worked for CMH before moving on to create Purcell.

August 30, 2021
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Banff, AB – August 30, 2021: Today, Alterra Mountain Company announced it has purchased Purcell Heli-Skiing in British Columbia. CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, which is owned by Alterra Mountain Company, will fold Purcell Heli-Skiing’s business and ski tenure into its existing operations.

Owned and operated by Swiss mountain guide Rudi Gertsch and his family since 1974, Purcell Heli-Skiing operates single-day, two-day and three-day heli-ski trips out of Golden, B.C. in the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges. It is the closest major heli-skiing operation to Calgary and is just two hours west of Banff, A.B.

With the acquisition, the newly minted CMH Purcell will become CMH’s 12th heli-ski destination and will add 495,000 acres of backcountry tenure to more than 3 million acres of existing terrain. The addition includes more than 250 ski runs in the Caribou, McMurdo, Duncan, Canyon, Spillimacheen, International Basin and Baird drainages.
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“When it was time to consider selling, we knew as a family that CMH Heli-Skiing was the only choice to be Purcell’s next home. CMH is an icon,” said Jeff Gertsch, Rudi’s son and heli-skiing guide. “It’s about where Rudi started his journey, and about the company’s future. We want Purcell to reach its potential and CMH’s vision, scale and respect for the craft will ensure it endures.”
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