The votes are in and Canada’s Best snow season destinations are found in BC this year.
The eighth annual World Ski Awards, the global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in ski tourism, named its top winners both globally, and for each nation. British Columbia had winners among both.
Topping the list, World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator went to Bella Coola Heli Sports. It’s the fourth annual award for the company, operating in BC’s rugged Coast Mountains.
Located just a 70-minute flight north of Vancouver, the company offers multi-day heli-skiing and heli-boarding adventures. Visitors have exclusive access to more than 13,150 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and can choose to stay at any of five wilderness lodges in the company’s portfolio.
Earlier this fall, the company also announced it had “flown past carbon neutral (to) become climate positive.”
After tracking and measuring its greenhouse gas emissions for 2019, Bella Coola Heli Sports initiated policies to reduce carbon emissions company-wide and purchased offsets from the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project to protect old-growth forests in BC.
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,” Steiner said. “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.”
Revelstoke Voted Canada’s Best Ski Resort
“Our whole team at Revelstoke Mountain Resort is honoured to be recognized once again as the premiere ski destination in Canada. We are looking forward to another great season this year,” said Peter Nielsen, Vice President of Operations for Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
The resort is scheduled to open Nov. 27, with the health and safety of employees and guests top of mind, and following guidelines from the province, Interior Health and the Canada West Ski Areas Association.
Other category nominees included Banff’s Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, Big White Ski Resort in the Okanagan, the Kootenays’ Fernie Alpine Resort, Panorama Resort, Whitewater Resort in Nelson and Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, Whistler Blackcomb, Sun Peaks, and Quebec’s Mont Tremblant.
Votes for the World Ski Awards are cast by leading ski tourism professionals and ski consumers world-wide. Learn more at worldskiawards.com
Please note that current Provincial Health Protocols currently advise against travelling outside your region to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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