Summers Here, But Winter Never Ends…(For Some)

February 3, 2017


Although it may be summer in New Zealand, for us winter never really ends. When one season finishes our minds move on to the next one, with each year slightly tweaked so it’s even better than the last.

For the majority of our guides winter doesn’t finish at all. You may wonder what they get up to in the off season….well let us enlighten you.

Many of our powder addicted guides head to foreign destinations to keep pursuing the snow. They travel to far off places gathering more skills and knowledge of the mountains.

Tarn and Phil work as mountain/safety guides on a small boat that travels to Antarctica taking groups on 12 day tours. Chief Guide James works at the Australian base in Antarctica coordinating safety in the field.  Frenchie Thomas heads to Big Red Cats as a guide with his lovely lady, photographer Liz. Michael heads back to his homeland Canada to work for Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing and to complete his engineering studies. Roy often goes to Italy climbing and mountaineering and our grey wolf Ian heads into the New Zealand mountains to take time out to explore new ranges that have rarely ever been walked upon.


Our helicopters carry on as usual but this time catering to people keen to see the beauty of the Southern Lakes and Fiordland in Summer. Alpine Helicopters pride themselves on giving people a quality authentic kiwi experience so if you want to be taken on a journey to the remote west coast to explore its untouched beauty or helicopter to Minaret Station Alpine Lodge to enjoy a 3 course decadent lunch surrounded by rugged beauty then check them out and come and join them for a memorable adventure.


The rest of us start to work on next year, after of course, a break at a beach or a ride on our bikes to get some much needed rest time.

We are continuously striving to make sure all of our products are working to the highest standard, so that each person who spends time with Southern Lakes Heliski is provided with an exceptional experience into the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

We have more exciting changes which we will let you know about in the coming months so stay tuned!