Proud to sponsor the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival

June 10th, 2011

If you are heading to Wanaka at the beginning of July, don’t miss the 5 day long New Zealand Mountain Film Festival taking place from 1st to 5th July 2011. Harris Mountains Heli Ski is proud to sponsor this fantastic event. All those entering the festival’s Dyno Competition are in with a chance to win a day of heli skiing with us!

Here’s a preview of what you can expect from this feature packed film festival!

Winter is coming!

April 18th, 2011

Temperatures are dropping and the team at Harris Mountains are starting to get very excited about the upcoming 2011 Winter Season. Today we woke up to blue skies, crisp cool air… and fresh snow all over the mountains! Let’s hope it keeps coming.

It’s never too early to book your powder seat with us, so check out our Prices & Packages and get ready for the best day of your life. Remember, we have extensive terrain to suit all levels and fly out of Queenstown, Wanaka and Mount Cook. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned heli skier or snowboarder, don’t hesitate to drop us a line by e-mail or give us a call, if you have any questions at all. We’re happy to answer them!

A beautiful view and fresh snow this morning from our Queenstown base, looking over The Remarkables mountain range. Fantastic!

Powder month!

August 10th, 2010

It’s mid-winter in New Zealand and after a dry spell during July, it’s starting to really dump. The snow gods are smiling on us again and August is living up to it’s reputation of being the powder month! The Southern Alps got hit hard by last weekend’s storm and our terrain received 40cm+ of fresh snow. Following that we’ve had perfect bluebird days with hardly a breath of wind. Winter weather is hard to predict, but August is definitely off to a great start!

August is also the month when Queenstown and Wanaka really start buzzing. With the 2010 Burton Open kicking off at Cardrona Alpine Resort today, Wanaka is definitely the place to be if you want to check out all the action, mix with the pros and party it up. And don’t forget to give us a call, if you want a powder hit. It’s epic out there right now!

We’ll be back soon with a video update of the conditions since the huge snowfall over the weekend, but for now sit back and enjoy this footage from our day heli skiing and snowboarding in the North Buchanans range on 4 August.

Check out the Harris Mountains Heli Ski Vimeo Channel or YouTube Channel for regular vids. Subscribe, add us as a friend and we’ll make sure we bring you plenty of powder stoke all winter long. If you’ve been out with us, we love to see your photos and videos too, so feel free to post them up on our Facebook page – where you’ll also find daily updates, snow reports and lots more!

Super sweet turns

July 30th, 2010

Here’s some more footage of the awesome snow we’ve been skiing and snowboarding out in the backcountry this week. This vid is from our 25 July trip into the Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka. Super sweet conditions just now and there’s a serious dump of snow on the forecast for this weekend, we can’t wait. Life doesn’t get better than this!

Frozen waterfalls and perfect bluebird days

July 19th, 2010

The 2010 winter season in New Zealand is well underway now and it looks like we’re in for some fresh snow this week! With a deep base in the backcountry, endless untracked boot deep powder, clear skies and sunshine – we’ve been out heli skiing lots over the past two weeks. The terrain we have access to is extensive and covers mountain ranges in Queenstown, Wanaka and the Mount Cook region – for example the North and South Harris Mountains, the Mount Aspiring National park area, the North and South Buchanan Ranges and even glacier skiing on the Tyndall Glacier. There’s something for everyone out there, so if you are a first time heli skier or snowboarder, fear not! Our guides will take you to terrain suited to your level and find the best snow.

Check out this shot captured by one of our pilots, Grant Bisset, last week. One of our groups skiing past a huge frozen waterfall on Fog Peak in the North Harris Mountains with guide Chris Cochrane.

For more details on our terrain and where we heli ski, check out the map below showing our epic and extensive Wanaka terrain and go to our Terrain page – it’s packed with more info!

Jake Koia and The Red Bull Film Crew

July 12th, 2010

NZ snowboarder Jake Koia and the Red Bull film crew joined us on 9 July to film a segment for the Red Bull Chronicles. We headed out from Wanaka into the epic Mount Aspiring National Park to find blue skies, sunshine, big mountains and boot deep untracked snow. Great early season action!

Our guides and pilots have many years of experience working with film crews and pro riders, taking them into some of the best terrain New Zealand has to offer. Check out the film shoot info on our website for more details.

Huge early season snowfalls in Queenstown and Wanaka!

June 23rd, 2010

The snow gods and mother nature have been good to us so far this year, kicking off the 2010 winter season in New Zealand with a huge dump of snow right down to town level in both Wanaka and Queenstown.

We woke up this morning to see huge snowflakes fluttering down all around, leaving town and the surrounding mountains under a perfect blanket of white. Just what we like to see! The storm has blown through, the clouds have lifted and it’s a sparkly winter wonderland out there… not to mention an epic powder day for those hitting the resorts!

Here’s a few photos of what was revealed once the clouds parted in Queenstown.

Deer Park Heights and Kelvin Heights covered in snow right down to lake level.

Looking across Lake Wakatipu towards the Golf Course.

The stunning Remarkables, loaded with POWDER!!!

Our helis looking perfectly happy sitting in the snow at Queenstown Airport!

Heli skiing anyone?!

We had our first heli ski day of the season last week and the guides reported exceptionally deep snow bases and excellent coverage, with more snow than usual for this time of year. There’s a good 1m+ in the backcountry – which will now be much deeper since this morning’s storm – and everything is covered up. Our heli ski season opens on 1st July and we can’t wait to get into action! Powder, here we come! If you want to get some turns in with us this season, check out our Packages & Prices page for full details and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.

Billabong Snow Team and Transworld Snowboarding Photoshoot

June 4th, 2010

Last season the Billabong Snow Team and crew from Transworld Snowboarding joined us for some truly epic heli time on their New Zealand photoshoot. Few words are required here, the photos tell a great story.

Driving from Wanaka towards the Mount Aspiring National Park

Wolle Nyvelt getting the goods

Heli pick up to the top for more fresh deep goodness

Our terrain = nothing less than epic

Scotty Lago on top of the Southern Alps

Wolle Nyvelt finds an uber pow pocket

Scotty Lago bangs out a front 3

Wolle Nyvelt gets the money shot

Super sweet turns

All photos by Nick Hamilton, Director of photography and video at Transworld Snowboarding. Check out the entire gallery from their 2009 trip to New Zealand online at Transworld Snowboarding. Awesome.

If you would like to do a Photo or Film Shoot with us, check out the details on our website and e-mail us at

Welcome to the 2010 Heli Ski Season and our brand new Blog!

April 29th, 2010

Winter has officially hit here in New Zealand’s Southern Alps – the valleys are covered in sparkling white frost and the mountains already have plenty of snow. Heli ski season is only a few weeks away now. We’re super excited and can’t wait to get out there and show you our amazing powder playground – in Queenstown, Wanaka and Mount Cook. So, a very warm welcome to the 2010 winter season from all the team here at Harris Mountains Heli Ski… and welcome to our new Blog!

We’ll be bringing you all our latest news, photos and videos right here throughout the season. If like us, you love powder, we suggest you bookmark this page! We’ve got lots of exciting events and promotions planned for this season, so stay tuned.

Here’s a teaser of what’s to come!

If you would like to Heli ski or snowboard with us this season, booking is very easy – you can find all the details on the Packages & Prices page of our website. Contact us now to book one of our Daily Options – 3, 4 or 7 run days – or a Private Charter. Here’s to an awesome winter!