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Challenges for todays BC heli-ski Operators

The number of heliski operators entering today’s market has made decision making a bit of a challenge.

HeliCat Canada worked with the province on developing a new adventure tourism policy, announced last March, that now governs all wilderness tourism activities and harmonizes policies between different government agencies; it was a complex undertaking given that there are more than 600 commercial adventure tourism tenures on B.C. Crown land, covering everything from river rafting and jet boating to heli-skiing and hiking. “Land use and tenure is the lifeblood of our industry,” says Tomm. “It requires constant attention.”

Dealing with the economy is not a new development. People in general manage & distribute their disposable funds in a blend of adventure that is family orientated.  The heli-skiing operators with compatable terrain for a younger skier / rider have adjusted their tours to accommodate families. 

Beyond the simple economics there’s the demographic challenge: finding a younger, more diverse clientele. In particular the lack of female heli-skiers, knowing families are welcome and the knowledge that if you are a solid ‘blue’ run skier the world of heliskiing is open to you! There will be limited operators that have the terrain to accommodate but enough to have a choice.

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The climate is the world’s conversation but there is no tourism defense against Mother Nature.  There will always be epic skiing, great skiing, good skiing and skiing that, well, just didn’t make the cut. BUT in it all there will always be that stand alone feeling of the heliskiing / heliboarding!

Decisions are best made with accurate information presented without unbiased approach.  It is an effective way to make an educated decision. Heliski Holiday will guide your decision making process with heli industry expertise, knowledge of British Columbia and mindful client care.

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