Heli skiing businesses would degrade area’s quality of life

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 3:46pm
  • News

 

This is the letter I sent to the State of Alaska in response to a call for public feedback on helicopter skiing in Kachemak Bay State Park:

Helicopters are loud, intrusive aircraft that carry implications of invasion and military occupation. 

One of the reasons I left the lower 48 was a dramatic increase in helicopter use by police. Current helicopter traffic here on Kachemak Bay is within reason, ferrying people to boats, firefighting and life-saving.

Visitors to Kachemak Bay come for a unique quality of life that cannot be obtained anywhere else, a combination of comfortable accommodations, stellar culture, music, art and rugged wilderness. The Kachemak Bay Water Trail is attracting national and international attention even before it opens. Winter visitors revel in our cross-country ski trail network. Kachemak Bay attracts the fit, strong visitor who expects to work out in human-powered ways (cross-country ski, kayak, hike, bicycle).

Helicopters coming and going across the Kachemak Bay merely to ferry wealthy skiers to the top of certain peaks would go against the grain of Kachemak Bay’s existing menu of activities. People who are willing to spend many gallons of fuel on a whim, who in effect don’t care about the impact of their transportation choices on global warming, who don’t care that their loud, intrusive and annoying transportation choice degrades the quality of life for people and wildlife alike: such people can go elsewhere to ski.  

Lindianne Sarno

 

More in News

A member of the Gannet Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew uses a drip torch during a burnout operation at the Swan Lake Fire on June 18, 2019. (Photo courtesy Alaska Division of Forestry)
Burn ban lifted — except on the Kenai

Ban will stay in effect on the peninsula due to recreational traffic associated with fishing season.

The Alaska Grown logo.
Homer Farmers Market: Market opens — with changes

The first Homer Farmers Market is coming up this weekend. This is… Continue reading

Two new COVID-19 cases for Kenai Peninsula

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has two new positive cases of COVID-19, according… Continue reading

Registered Nurse Cathy Davis (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Johnson (right) work at a table to get COVID-19 tests ready for the public Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. South Peninsula Hospital is now offering free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people with no appointments necessary at the Boat House Pavilion through June 6. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
1 new COVID-19 case in Homer as hospital offers free testing on the Spit

Additional COVID-19 cases announced in Soldotna and in a nonresident visitor to the peninsula

COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)
7 new cases of COVID-19 on Kenai Peninsula

5 of the new cases are on the southern peninsula, and Nikiski has its first case

COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)
1 new COVID-19 case announced in Bethel area

One new case of COVID-19 was announced Wednesday, bringing the state’s total… Continue reading

COVID-19 impacting local fitness centers

In the small town of Homer, Alaska residents are finding ways to… Continue reading

Graduate Virginia Orth walks back to her car with her parents, April and David Orth, after receiving her diploma during the Connections Homeschool Class of 2020 graduation at Soldotna Elementary School in Soldotna, Alaska on May 21, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Making one last connection

Connections home-school students celebrate graduation together, at a distance

Kelly Cooper kicks off campaign in “Rally on the Bay”

Correction: This story has been corrected to note that Rep. Sarah Vance,… Continue reading

Most Read