As rad as Heli-skiing is, I have to agree with those who oppose it. Having visited the swiss alps in my europe trips, i can easily see why they oppose heli skiing.
Truthfully I think having heli skiing in the alps somewhat tramples on the magnificence of the region. I mean, the terrain there is unlike anything out of the Rockies. Everything is so rugged, glaciated and undisturbed to the point where its somewhat of an international park, and an icon. I wouldn't want to see helicopters buzzing throughout the areas and having ski tracks left on every other slope. There ARE ski resorts there, and the terrain you can access from the tram-serviced lifts can be every bit as good as a day of heli skiing.
I think the whole ordeal started with the greediness of the wealthy European population. They took the resorts there for granted, and probably felt that they were too above that for their "wealthy lifestyles." You kidding? So many of us would kill just for the opportunity to ski in europe, let alone switzerland. Do we really need to junk up the rest of the mountain range with your own ski tracks, just so you can show everyone that you are able to afford that kind of stuff? It all stemmed from the wealthy people.\
How about they take time and actually appreciate the absolute stoke of the alps ON the ski slopes. I'm pretty sure anyone from the U.S. would if they had the opportunity.....
"Snow is my wife, winter is her period, and I make love to her whenever I strap my skis to my feet and make turns through her fields of white" -The SJenk
Pray for Snow!