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Heli-Ski US Association Partners With Backbone Media


Park City, Utah. (November 11, 2014) – Heli-Ski US Association (HSUS) a Utah nonprofit corporation whose members represent the very best helicopter skiing operators in the United States announced today that it will partner with Backbone Media as its public relations firm of record.

“As helicopter skiing continues to grow in popularity it is important to provide the highest level of standardized operating and safety guidelines to ensure the highest quality experience for our consumers,” explains Tait Wardlaw, HSUS board member and general manager of Chugach Powder Guides. “The HSUS mission is to ensure and protect the future of helicopter skiing in the United States through a professional organization dedicated to safety, ongoing education and training, marketing and positive credibility and political influence.”

HSUS members work cooperatively to help establish the highest safety and operating standards in the helicopter skiing industry.

Member organizations include: 

• High Mountain Heli Skiing, Wyoming,

• North Cascade Heli, Washington

• Chugach Powder Guides, Valdez Heli Ski Guides and Points North Heli-Adventures, Alaska

• Ruby Mountain Heli Skiing, Nevada

• Sun Valley Heli Skiing, Idaho

• Telluride Helitrax, Colorado 

• Wasatch Powderbird Guides, Utah

HSUS ensures high quality operating procedures and guide training, yet each member is an independent corporation, solely responsible to its customers and employees.

“We are excited to work with Heli-Ski US and explain the value they bring to skiers and riders through safety protocol and guide training,” comments Penn Newhard, partner at Backbone Media. 

Heli-Ski US Association was formalized as a 501C corporation in 1981 to provide a more formal approach to the development of standards and protocols for helicopter skiing activities within the US. For more information on HSUS and partner operators visit