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By CVN Staff 

Open new areas of valley to heli-skiing

 

February 17, 2011



Having attended and recorded every helicopter-skiing work group committee meeting, I would like to suggest the Haines Borough areas, starting at the south side of Davidson Glacier to the southern boundary of Haines on the west side of Lynn Canal, all Haines Borough land on the east side of Lynn Canal, all Haines Borough land facing Lynn Canal on the west side north of the ferry terminal, be included in the areas that commercial heli-skiing can occur.

I feel that since Haines is roughly the size of Delaware and over twice the size of Rhode Island, it is silly for competing interests to constantly argue over the relatively small area currently used for heli-skiing. Agreed the current heli-skiing companies say they are not interested in opening the area I propose. In time, competition and creativity likely would make good use of much of the area.

Winter recreation is good income for the businesses in the Haines Borough.

Bill Kurz