Heliski at the magnificent Mt Cook National Park from Queenstown the same day using the heliskiing package.
The heli-skiing, located on New Zealand’s longest and largest glaciers, is a world of breathtaking beauty and spectacular scenery.
Alpine Heliski in association with Southern Alps Guiding have exclusive landing rights on the Upper Tasman Glacier Ridge Tops for heliskiing. The exclusive helicopter landing sites are located in some of the highest areas of the Southern Alps inside the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
The vertical terrain is enormous and the runs are from 5 to 10 kilometres long! Not only does this area boast some of the biggest heliski terrain in New Zealand, it is true wilderness where snowfall is measured in metres and the picturesque landscape represents not only world class skiing/ boarding, but also one of the most spectacular sightseeing journeys you will ever experience.
The day begins with a 40 minute scenic flight from Queenstown to Mt Cook Airport then you will be transferred to your helicopter.
Now your ultimate heliski adventure begins...
- 3 Glacier heliski runs
- Friendly, experienced, professional guides
- Full safety briefing given before departure
- Safety equipment
- Delicious lunch
- Pick-up and return of rental skis/boards
- Transfers from Queenstown accommodation to airport and return
- Price includes return fixed wing and helicopter flights
Alpine conditions can change rapidly, so it is important to be prepared. This means dressing as you would for a cold day at the resort. You should use layers to enable you to have the right clothing
combination for any conditions. Ensure that you have a wind/ waterproof outer layer for both your pants and jacket.
Speciality powder skis and boards aren't specifically designed to optimise performance in heli-ski snow conditions. While not essential, they will make your heli-day that much more enjoyable. If you don’t have your own equipment – hiring is a popular option and easily coordinated. The staff can recommend a variety of rental outlets that carry powder equipment and can arrange for the pick-up and drop-off of any gear that you hire.
7.45 to 8.15am
You will be contacted at your accommodation at which time your guide will confirm if he is able to operate with the days forecasted weather and operational conditions.
8.30 to 9am: Pickups
If you are hiring gear, then let your guide know the day before which store you have hired from, and he will arrange to pick it up before he collects you.
Transport to staging destination
This will vary each day depending on where the best skiing/boarding conditions that are ideal for the day's operation.
Once at the staging area you will receive comprehensive briefing, which includes information on helicopter safety as well as potential back-country terrain hazards. You will be given an avalanche transceiver and instruction on its use. Then its time to carve your signature down a few mountains! Upon booking your guide will have asked about your current ability level as well
as any terrain preferences. With this in mind he will select the ideal terrain for your heli-skiing/snowboarding pleasure.
After a couple of runs, you'll stop for a gourmet mountain top lunch (included with all packages).
After lunch you will continue with the balance of your runs before returning to the staging.Special terms
Safety around helicopters
Your guide will co-ordinate the loading and unloading of the helicopter on each flight. It is critical that you pay close attention to the directions being given. Never approach or disembark a helicopter without direction from your guide. Your guide will manage all of your equipment in and around the helicopter – do not interfere with any equipment during this process.
Safety in the backcountry
Managing risk is a big part of your guide’s role. He will constantly be monitoring back country risks such as crevasses avalanches and other obstacles. Ensure that you are always in control when heli-skiing/snowboarding as you may need to stop quickly to avoid such hazards. Never ski outside of the areas defined by your guide, and never ski ahead of your guide unless he advises you to do so. In the unlikely event that you find yourself in trouble – remember to stay calm, your guide
will not be far away and is fully trained in rescue and first aid techniques. If you find yourself in an avalanche there are a few simple things you can do to assist yourself: Firstly, try to ski to the outer edge of the avalanche, if this is not possible then kick off your skis and let go of your poles. Try to get to the side of the avalanche by using a swimming and rolling motion try to stay on top of the moving snow. When the snow is coming to a stop, place one hand in front of your face to
create an air-pocket and raise a hand to signal your location. Remain calm and await help.