$1.25 per skier day = more than $100,000 per year invested in research and special projects.
AValanche Risk Management
Avalanches are one of the greatest risks to the helicopter and snowcat skiing sector. This is why HeliCat Canada is the largest non-public source of funding for research in avalanche risk management, contributing over $2,000,000.00 to date. Investing in research has led to tremendous progress in understanding snow science and behaviour which, in turn, has led to more informed practices and increased awareness within all aspects of the industry and public avalanche safety around the world.
Occupational Health & Safety
HeliCat Canada collaborates with various representatives and committees each year to review and refine the Association's standardized OH&S Program Manual, HeliCat Risk Assessment Tool, Safe Work Procedures and Safety Talks in an effort to help our member organizations prevent accidents and injuries on the job. Please see our programs page for our resources for industry.
Helicopter and snowcat skiing is a marque adventure tourism product in BC and Canada. The contribution of these business in rural communities across the province is significant. In 2016, HeliCat commissioned a Socio-Economic Impact Assessment to fully understand the socio-economic contributions of this sector in BC. The full report was released in January 2017.
HeliCat Canada and its members believe in the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic. In 2003 we developed a set of guidelines, called 'Best Practices for Sustainability.' As our industry and social values are always changing, the document was reviewed in August of 2015, resulting in a collection of key findings and recommended actions for operators in the helicat sector.