SUSTAINABILITY

Valdez Heli-Ski Guides has decided to actively fight global warming and increase its corporate sustainability.

We love heli-skiing. We love it so much that we have spent the last three decades developing and improving the best heli-ski operation located in the finest heli-ski spot in the world. Unfortunately, by doing our job, we are contributing to the harming of the environment we need to keep our passion alive. We use helicopters to reach the top of the mountains, but helicopters are not environmentally friendly and end up damaging the very landscape we love so much. As skiers and riders, we feel connected to our massifs, glaciers, and oceans.

 

Our goal is now to seize every opportunity available to transform VHSG into a carbon neutral company, with the hope that other heli-ski operators will follow suit, transitioning our field of work to a greener industry overall. And because there is no time to waste, we have already taken major actions. Indeed, during the first ten years of the new Tsaina Lodge, we have consistently reduced our CO2 emissions by improving and re-engineering our premises. Unfortunately, helicopters’ emissions remain unavoidable. This is why we have contracted with ClimatePartner to offset our remaining emissions.

 

ClimatePartner has calculated our CCF – Corporate Carbon Footprint. This includes emissions from sources such as heating, electricity, and the combustion of fuel in our helicopters, gas in our cars, employee commuting, business travel, and upstream emissions from electricity and heat. A 10% safety margin has been added on top of our CCF to account for any inevitable uncertainties. While we are working to reduce our emissions, we are opting to offset our current emissions by supporting a verified carbon offset project in Northeastern Brazil. This project can be tracked and checked by everyone at this address https://www.climatepartner.com/20275-2008-1001.

 

Transparency and pertinence are fundamental. This is why we are supporting a carbon offset project that also promotes sustainable development in the Southern hemisphere, so that economic progress is not dictated by investment in and use of fossil fuels.

 

From 2022, VHSG and the company of Tsaina Lodge are carbon neutral. We will continue to reduce our carbon footprint, asking our partners and sponsors to follow our lead. It is our duty to act now and preserve our playgrounds before it is too late. That is why we invite everyone to strive with us for the planet.

ECO-PERFORMANCE MILESTONES

2022

ClimatePartner

The Tsaina Lodge and Valdez Heli-Ski Guides heli-ski operations were termed “climate neutral”, as their carbon emission have been calculated and offset by supporting a recognized carbon offset project – wind energy in Northeast Brazil. A total of 744.2 tons of CO2 per year.

Electric Grid Partnership

Copper Valley Electric Cooperative, Tsaina Lodge and Alyeska jointly funded the installation of commercial electric service for the Tsaina Lodge, several pipeline stations, and our neighboring community at Mile 45 of the Richardson Highway. This project resulted in an estimated annual CO2 emission reduction of 628.3 tons for the Tsaina Lodge alone.

2018

2014

Electric Generation Re-Engineering

A re-design of our electric generation plant resulted in an estimated annual CO2 emission reduction of 1605.05 tons.

Hydro-Electric Energy

Initial environmental impact study for development of hydro-electric generation in Cascade Creek Canyon, adjacent to the Tsaina Lodge.

2013

2012

New Tsaina Lodge

A modern eco-tour lodge using sustainable materials was built.

Reclamation of Tsaina property

For 40 years before it was the birthplace of Alaskan heli-skiing, the Tsaina was a roadhouse and truck stop. Environmental issues from these years of use were corrected.

2011

Valdez Heli-Ski Guides has decided to actively fight global warming and increase its corporate sustainability.

We love heli-skiing. We love it so much that we have spent the last three decades developing and improving the best heli-ski operation located in the finest heli-ski spot in the world. Unfortunately, by doing our job, we are contributing to the harming of the environment we need to keep our passion alive. We use helicopters to reach the top of the mountains, but helicopters are not environmentally friendly and end up damaging the very landscape we love so much. As skiers and riders, we feel connected to our massifs, glaciers, and oceans.

 

Our goal is now to seize every opportunity available to transform VHSG into a carbon neutral company, with the hope that other heli-ski operators will follow suit, transitioning our field of work to a greener industry overall. And because there is no time to waste, we have already taken major actions. Indeed, during the first ten years of the new Tsaina Lodge, we have consistently reduced our CO2 emissions by improving and re-engineering our premises. Unfortunately, helicopters’ emissions remain unavoidable. This is why we have contracted with ClimatePartner to offset our remaining emissions.

 

ClimatePartner has calculated our CCF – Corporate Carbon Footprint. This includes emissions from sources such as heating, electricity, and the combustion of fuel in our helicopters, gas in our cars, employee commuting, business travel, and upstream emissions from electricity and heat. A 10% safety margin has been added on top of our CCF to account for any inevitable uncertainties. While we are working to reduce our emissions, we are opting to offset our current emissions by supporting a verified carbon offset project in Northeastern Brazil. This project can be tracked and checked by everyone at this address https://www.climatepartner.com/20275-2008-1001.

 

Transparency and pertinence are fundamental. This is why we are supporting a carbon offset project that also promotes sustainable development in the Southern hemisphere, so that economic progress is not dictated by investment in and use of fossil fuels.

 

From 2022, VHSG and the company of Tsaina Lodge are carbon neutral. We will continue to reduce our carbon footprint, asking our partners and sponsors to follow our lead. It is our duty to act now and preserve our playgrounds before it is too late. That is why we invite everyone to strive with us for the planet.

ECO-PERFORMANCE MILESTONES

ClimatePartner

The Tsaina Lodge and Valdez Heli-Ski Guides heli-ski operations were termed “climate neutral”, as their carbon emission have been calculated and offset by supporting a recognized carbon offset project – wind energy in Northeast Brazil. A total of 744.2 tons of CO2 per year.

Electric Grid Partnership

Copper Valley Electric Cooperative, Tsaina Lodge and Alyeska jointly funded the installation of commercial electric service for the Tsaina Lodge, several pipeline stations, and our neighboring community at Mile 45 of the Richardson Highway. This project resulted in an estimated annual CO2 emission reduction of 628.3 tons for the Tsaina Lodge alone.

Electric Generation Re-Engineering

A re-design of our electric generation plant resulted in an estimated annual CO2 emission reduction of 1605.05 tons.

Hydro-Electric Energy

Initial environmental impact study for development of hydro-electric generation in Cascade Creek Canyon, adjacent to the Tsaina Lodge.

New Tsaina Lodge

A modern eco-tour lodge using sustainable materials was built.

Reclamation of Tsaina Property

For 40 years before it was the birthplace of Alaskan heli-skiing, the Tsaina was a roadhouse and truck stop. Environmental issues from these years of use were corrected.