Check out this compilation of footage of some of our most fun moments and epic backcountry powder turns from the 2011 heli ski season in Queenstown, Wanaka and Mount Cook. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our clients for tearing up endless powder lines with us during the season! We can’t wait to see you all again next winter. Enjoy the video!
October has arrived with spring sunshine here in the beautiful Southern Lakes region, and we are happy to report that we are still operating. We have fantastic spring corn snow conditions throughout our terrain and plenty of coverage. It’s very very fun out there! We even had a fresh top up of snow from a storm a day ago which deposited a further 10cm+ of fresh snow in our backcountry terrain.
We also have a fantastic LOCAL’S DISCOUNT and season pass holder’s rates available just now – just ask our friendly team at either our Wanaka or Queenstown office and they will get you dialled in with a sweet discount.
The guys from Holmes Consulting Group joined us for a heli ski charter at the end of August and the just sent us this really awesome helmet cam footage of their day. You really get a great idea of the vast and varied terrain we have available. These guys got a really mint sunny day to make the most of their charter and got lots of runs in with a cheeky lunch stop at the Whare Kea Lodge Chalet, located in our Buchanans heli ski terrain.
As you can see in the opening shots of our 16th September video, our terrain really is epic! Big lines on big mountains and endless options to suit every level of skier, telemarker and snowboarder. Read more about our vast terrain which covers Queenstown, Wanaka and Mount Cook here on our website.
Enjoy the video and don’t forget to share your own heli ski vids and photos over on our Facebook page.
A beautiful day for making perfect powder turns in the Buchanans range, Wanaka. Spectacular views, sunshine and skiing!
Take a look at this really amazing video from The Daily Dump Snow Report crew who joined us on 14th Sept. Sick lines, great snow, perfect weather, helicopters buzzing… everyone was stoked! That was 2 days ago, and we’ve had 20cm+ fresh snow throughout our extensive backcountry in the last 24 hours. Needless to say conditions continue to be fantastic – don’t miss your chance to ride some awesome September powder with us, we promise you’ll have the time of your life!
Read Tim’s summary of their awesome day filming, shooting and skiing sick lines below and check out the footage!
“The North Face NZ Team jump in a heli and go for a spin in the high country outside of Wanaka hoping to ski the southeast face of Mt Tyndall. After a brief 8am rendezvous at the Harris Mountain Heli office in town and a quick hit of caffeine, the team load up the chopper and fly into the upper Matukituki Valley, lifting up and heading deep into the surrounding mountains. With a solid snow pack, minimal risk of avalanches and a fresh cover of white fluffy stuff, they pick off lines from the heli like kids in candy store. Mt Aspiring and Rob Roy Glacier set the backdrop as the team hover above wild unskied faces pointing their fingers at where they’d like to go, the chopper banks and moments later they’re standing on top waiting to drop.”
Last week The North Face crew, including Wanaka and Queenstown big mountain pro skiers Janina Kuzma, Fraser McDougall and Mitchy Greig joined us, along with amazing filmer Tim Pierce and photographer extraordinaire Camilla Stoddart. It was a truly epic day – great snow, perfect stability letting us into the steeps and beautiful sunshine.