Bio of Brad Nichols
Skiing has always been in my life and I’ve conservatively spent over 10% of my days on skis. I came into this world on February 26th, about the middle of the ski season, 1965, the same year CMH was born. My parents taught me to ski at age two in Vermont and I was racing competitively at six. My family moved to Colorado in 1974 and my home mountain changed from Suicide 6 to Vail. Having first dreamed of helicopter skiing at age 12, I have now skied 25 weeks with CMH over the course of 19 years and have amassed 3 1/2 million vertical feet. My wife Dorothy, also a million-footer, and I were married in the winter of 1999 at CMH Bugaboos.
My first heli-skiing trip was in February, 1994 at CMH Gothics. I managed to ski the appropriately named Run of the Century, CMH’s signature run, that initial week, learning later the conditions must be perfect to ski it. I had not skied it since despite returning to the Gothics seven times, until I skied it again in March, 2013, nineteen years after the last time. There was much rejoicing! I have requested that my ashes be scattered over Century; it’s in my will.
Other outdoor activities in which I participate include cycling, mountain climbing, hiking, kayaking and golf. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading, writing, photography and living life with intention. I have traveled to fifty states, seven continents and about thirty-five countries. My wife and I honeymooned in Antarctica and we have summited Mt. Kilimanjaro together. I met three of my best friends while trekking in Pakistan in 1995 and we have a “K2 Reunion” each year.
Before the lure of the outdoors really took hold, I graduated with a BSEE from Tufts University and my work career began as a field sales engineer for Texas Instruments. My next few jobs were also in high-tech and gave me experience in product management, marketing and sustainability consulting. I spent seven years teaching skiing in Vermont during the winter and guiding bicycle tours in Ireland, Maine and Vermont during the summer. My peers refer to me as a human Swiss army knife, which I take as a complement, as I consider myself an “all-rounder.”
But nothing has grabbed and taken hold of me like heli-skiing in the wild, remote Columbia Mountains of eastern British Columbia. The main motivator for taking this job with CMH is so that I can share my passion with others and introduce them to this perspective-changing experience.
“The real journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust