5 Reasons To Heliski With Southern Lakes Heliski This Winter

August 15, 2017

Have you ever been sitting in a lift line queue, people jostling you for a better place when you hear the sweet thrup thrup of a helicopter passing over head? You look up and you wonder where it’s going, there is a pod on the side and that can only mean one thing…that helicopter is off to those endless remote mountains with a group of heli-skiers onboard. Something in your soul stirs, for a brief moment you imagine yourself in that helicopter looking down upon incredible scenery, your eye scans to the ski field and sees all the people, tiny like ants. You look out in front of you and see peak after untouched snowy peak just waiting for your signature to be carved upon it. The adventure beckons….

That’s right…heliskiing is an adventure.

No matter if it’s your first time or you’ve done it your whole life, flying in a helicopter to a remote mountain peak is thrilling. The heliski terrain around the Southern Lakes is all alpine terrain which means you are above the tree line. It makes the views spectacular and the terrain open and perfect for skiers and boarders of all levels.  The excitement doesn’t stop after your heliski day is complete, après in the thriving tourist towns of Queenstown and Wanaka is a great way to keep the day alive!

Perfect for carving your signature on…

Perfect for carving your signature on…

There are no queues in the backcountry.

No queues mean there is no pressure to get the powder. Southern Lakes Heliski prides themselves on taking small personal groups accompanied by a professional guide. With a whole day to achieve your runs, it gives guests time to find their comfort zone in the backcountry. Because a helicopter is your chairlift you can easily travel to a new peak and have the guarantee of untouched snow every run.

Small groups, no queues, professional guide, and a full day of helicopter time…TICK a winning combination!

Small groups, no queues, professional guide, and a full day of helicopter time…TICK a winning combination!

Great Value for Money

Book a scenic flight in a helicopter and you will be paying good money. Helicopters are expensive to run. So why not book a heliski day out of Queenstown or Wanaka and get a full day of multiple scenic rides, a delicious mountain top lunch and some fresh powder turns down a mountain. That’s value for money right there.

Intermediate Heliskiers and Heliboarders enjoy open rolling terrain. Photo: Miles Holden

Intermediate Heliskiers and Heliboarders enjoy open rolling terrain. Photo: Miles Holden

It’s not just for Experts

There is a myth that heliskiing is “only for experts” nicely painted by those extreme athletes dropping steep spines in Alaska. The myth is untrue, with the majority of heliskiers being either first timers or intermediate skiers or boarders. Southern Lakes Heliski has over 11 mountain ranges with lots of varied terrain for all levels. Guests are grouped together with similar abilities so that their guide can make the appropriate terrain choice. Intermediates can enjoy wide open rolling bowls while for the experts there is steeper terrain, tight chutes, and even the odd rock drop.

Owner/ Operator Nick Wallis flying his  Alpine helicopter  into Southern Lakes Heliski terrain at  Minaret Station

Owner/ Operator Nick Wallis flying his Alpine helicopter into Southern Lakes Heliski terrain at Minaret Station

Southern Lakes Heliski is locally owned and operated

Owned by the famous Wallis brothers of Minaret Station in Wanaka, heliskiing with Southern Lakes Heliski is one way for a visitor to New Zealand to be able to experience some “true blue kiwi hospitality”. Many of our guides and pilots have spent many years in our local mountains and if prompted will tell you adventure stories that will entertain you for hours. Being amongst the Southern Alps for a day enjoying the beauty, the wildlife, the snow and the people is capturing the essence of what living in the South Island is all about.