Thursday, December 27, 2012

Valdez Heli-Ski Guides launches Airbag demo program

Valdez Heli-Ski Guides, ( located on Thompson Pass outside of Valdez, Alaska, has upgraded their guest beacon fleet with the Mammut Element for the 2013 season.

Valdez Heli-Ski Guides was founded in 1993 by Doug and Emily Coombs. It was the first guided heli-ski operation on Thompson Pass and is currently the oldest heli-ski operation in Alaska. In 2001 Scott Raynor purchased VHSG from the Coombs'.

Scott Raynor, states, "The Mammut Element beacon provides our guests with a very simple unit which can also be effectively used in the unlikely event of a multiple burial emergency. We believe the combination of simplicity and multiple burial functionality offered by the Element makes this the best technology available for our guests."

Also for 2013, VHSG has purchased RAS Rocker 18 airbags that will be made available for their guests. VHSG will not require the use of airbags. Rather, they are making sure guests have access to all possible safety equipment.

Says Raynor, "Anecdotal and scientific evidence both show that airbags are legitimate safety tools. For 2013, VHSG will make sure our guests have access to airbags. However, like helmets, they will be optional."

Other operators in Alaska providing Mammut/Snowpulse airbags for guests include Chugach Powder Guides and Points North Heli Adventures.

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