Are helicopters harmful to the environment

Only as a hedonist of the purest water can you find heliskiing great these days. It only takes a tiny spark of altruism to realize what this individual pleasure costs all others: The helicopters pollute the atmosphere disproportionately with their exhaust gases, they scare animals into their hibernation, they disturb the tranquility of the mountains - and all because someone takes the right of the first track.

In this respect, it is of course praiseworthy at first glance when ski areas such as Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis or the Kleinwalsertal discover "heli-skiing without a helicopter" for themselves and their guests. However, it is the case that no helicopters at all have to be scrapped there, because only those of the mountain rescue are in use anyway. In contrast to Canada, Kamchatka or Iceland, where helicopters are still buzzing around without hesitation in the service of wealthy freeriders, in most Alpine regions whoever wants to ski in deep snow, like every piste skier, has to take the gondola or strap on touring skis. Because nothing else is hidden behind the oh-so-environmentally and zeitgeist-friendly "heli-skiing without heli" slogan: profane deep snow skiing.

It will be interesting to see what the euphemists in the marketing departments will soon be promoting to us: Tobogganing will certainly become, in the spirit of heli-humbug, snowmobiling without a motor. The twelve o'clock ski pass for morning fun on the slopes without queuing at the lifts. And the self-service restaurant to the gourmet temple without reservation. But it will be best in the evening when the disreputable apr├Ęs-ski will one day finally be advertised as a choir evening without a Coke.