“Amazing news! Northern Escape has gone Carbon Neutral. We strive to be providers of bucket list Heli Ski/board experiences. But we also want to be stewards of the Environment. We are working with Synergy Enterprises and are now certified as a Carbon Neutral business. Synergy, based in Victoria, BC, is a corporate sustainability firm founded on the Principle that business can make a positive impact on the planet. While we understand that our operation has an impact on the planet, we also understand that we can be part of the solution too!”
When you think of helicopter skiing, environmentally friendly doesn’t often come to mind but a heli-skiing outfit up in Canada is seeking to change that. Northern Escape Heli Skiing out of BC has pledged to become one of the world’s first carbon neutral helicopter ski ops by purchasing offsets to balance its impact on the environment. Their purchases will benefit The Great Bear Forest and the First Nations living in the region, as well as the Lara Ceramic plant based in Brazil by helping to decrease deforestation in the area. Here’s the press release announcing their new program MORE INFO HERE:
TERRACE, B.C., (Sept. 24, 2021) — Northern Escape Heli Skiing (NEH) has recently become one of the first carbon-neutral heli skiing operators in the world. The operator partnered with Synergy Enterprises and Offsetters, Canada’s leading carbon management agency, to take action on climate change and offset its current carbon footprint. NEH purchased offsets that benefit The Great Bear Forest and the First Nations living in the region, as well as the Lara Ceramic plant based in Brazil by helping to decrease deforestation in the area.
In addition, the operator has a three-year plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and adopt renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and electric vehicles to support its operations. The passion to create a more sustainable approach to heli skiing comes from NEH leadership. “Over the 35 years of my career as an ACMG Guide, I have witnessed incremental changes in our climate, our snowpack and our glaciers. The first of many steps to achieve this for us is to become carbon neutral. We need to do the best we can to mitigate climate change and become a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem. Every single department of our company is drilling down to the basics of how we can shift our operations to mitigate our environmental impact.” explains NEH Co-founder & General Manager, John Forrest.
NEH is located in Skeena Mountains near Terrace, BC and is only a short 90-minute flight from Vancouver. It connects a world-wide community of skiers and boarders to more than 5,500 sq km of pristine wilderness. To be able to do this responsibly, the management of the company, with the help of Synergy and Offsetters, analyzed every single aspect of the company’s operations from mountain commute to guest experience. “We work with the various recycling companies in Terrace to decrease our use of single-use plastics as much as possible. Once our machines cycle through their lifespan we’ll be replacing them with electric ones, and we’ll be encouraging guests to purchase carbon offsets for their flights,” says Forrest. images from neheliskiing FB