2018 was our 40th anniversary and the season was definitely worth a celebration. Great snow, bluebird days and some unexpected spring dumps: winter, we will miss you!
This year we celebrated the 40th heli-skiing season of Harris Mountains Heli-Ski and it is fair to say that it was simply epic!
The weather gods definitely joined the party by providing us with consistent snow coverage, no wind and lots of fresh powder snow top-ups. These conditions, combined with a very low avalanche danger throughout the whole season enabled us to take our guests to some of our favourite spots, like the stunning Lake Lochnagar in the Richardson mountain range.
We had some great days in the Mt Cook area but the mountains around Queenstown and Wanaka definitely delivered some amazing powder days as well! It was tough choosing a mountain range most days because they were all perfect…
In July we welcomed back some of our most loyal customers from New Zealand as well as other parts of the world and many new customers that took advantage of our new package structure introduced at the beginning of the season.
Our annual industry nights in Wanaka and Queenstown were a huge success, giving local businesses the chance to not only have a chat about the current conditions but also take a look back at 40 years of Harris Mountains Heli-Ski including some legendary outfits from the early days.
August was a month of champions, we had some of the busiest days that we've had in the last few years with great snow conditions and perfect bluebird days. With Jamie Anderson, Jossi Wells and Janina Kuzma skiing with HMH the air suddenly smelled like Olympic medals and they couldn’t stop brimming over with enthusiasm for the conditions in the Southern Alps.
Another champion was made over the course of August, Seb Gardies won our hearts with his childhood memories that he shared for our photo competition #40yearsofsnow. He redeemed his voucher straight away, having a beautiful day of heli-skiing with his mother who had visited him from France. “This was one of the best days of our lives and we are so thankful for the opportunity,” was his statement after the last run.
When we all thought winter might be over, spring 2018 delivered the biggest dump of the season. 80cm of fresh powder within 24 hours covered our terrain in white glory and we had the most amazing conditions combined with no wind and long sunny days. “That last dump was definitely my highlight of the season,” says HMH manager Hugh Barnard.
Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with what's going on at HMH as we get set for next season! Whether you plan on sticking around to enjoy the long hot days of a New Zealand summer or following winter to the Northern Hemisphere, we hope you have a great time and we look forward to welcoming you all back again for the 2019 season!