Bella Coola Heli Sports  has  flown past carbon neutral and become climate positive. After tracking and measuring its greenhouse gas emissions for 2019, the award-winning helicopter skiing company initiated policies to reduce carbon emissions company-wide and purchased offsets that protect old-growth forests in British Columbia  (BC).  In  doing so, the company voted as the World’s Best Heli Ski  Operation,  has  achieved a milestone by becoming the world’s first, and only, climate positive heliskiing operation.

Situated an easy 70-minute flight north of Vancouver, Bella Coola Heli Sports connects skiers and snowboarders around the world with the vast terrain of the Coast Mountains through multi-day heliskiing  and  heliboarding  adventures. Visitors have exclusive access to over 3,250,000 acres  (13,150  square  kilometres) of pristine wilderness, and can choose to stay at any of the  5  wilderness lodges in the company’s portfolio. With major  aspects  of  the company’s operations requiring carbon-based fuels, owner Beat  Steiner  recognized the need to complete a comprehensive audit – from helicopter  output  to employees’ daily commute.

“Carbon-based fuels are contributing to a global crisis of climate change, resulting  in a loss of biodiversity and destruction of land,” said Steiner. “While there is currently no alternative to carbon-based aircraft fuel available, we are determined  to do our part and make a tangible difference, particularly in our home province.”

After measuring the company’s carbon output and making reductions where possible, Steiner and his team contacted Offsetters, Canada’s leading full carbon management company, and decided to purchase carbon offsets from the Great  Bear Forest Carbon Project. This project helps to preserve vulnerable pockets of BC’s old-growth forests in the very land and environment that  has  attracted  visitors worldwide since the company was founded in 2003. Also important is that the project supports local First Nations and educational platforms that encourage others to join the fight against climate change. Steiner took his offsets to the next level: rather than contributing just enough to mitigate the company’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2019, he opted to become climate positive—a designation that means a company has offset at least 10% more than what they emitted.

Steiner says “By purchasing carbon offsets from high quality projects that are third-party verified to be real, additional and permanent, Bella Coola Heli Sports  can be confident that the carbon being sequestered would not have been sequestered otherwise”.

“We’re happy to be partnering with Bella Coola Heli Sports”, said Dawn Hancock,

Director of Client Engagement at Offsetters. “Organizations that take the time to understand what their impact on the climate is and work to reduce it as much as they can and then — go the extra mile by offsetting more than they emit – are  raising the bar for other companies to join in the fight against climate change.”

“I’m really proud of our decision to raise the benchmark for other tour operators   and businesses in BC, and around the world, to become climate positive, if possible,” said Steiner. “With the earth experiencing the hottest  summers  on  record and wildfires ravaging our province, we’ve missed the opportunity to take small steps for change – now, we need to be bold, forward-thinking and willing to  put in the work to stabilize our world’s climate.”

Through Offsetters, guests of Bella Coola Heli Sports can also purchase offsets for the non-heliskiing parts of their journey.  This gives customers the opportunity    to make their entire trip carbon-neutral or even climate positive.

Bella Coola Heli Sports offers various programs targeted to advanced and expert heli-skiers and heli-boarders, with the company’s focus on small group heliskiing helping to maintain physical distancing. Packages include the option to book one   of five lodges offering gourmet dining, hot tubs and saunas, massages and more.  To learn more about Bella Coola Heli Sports’ climate positive journey, or to book a climate positive heli-skiing experience, visit


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