Welcome to Heliskiing 2016

June 24, 2016

As we approach the start of the heli ski season it is always the same old story, skiers and snowboarders discussing the up and coming winter and what it will bring? Is this an El Nino year or an El Nina? Will the ski fields get enough pre season snow to open? What website has the best snow reports?

Exploring beautiful New Zealand by chopper is a must especially when looking for the ultimate place to heliski!

Exploring beautiful New Zealand by chopper is a must especially when looking for the ultimate place to heliski!

Then, many in desperation turn to the gurus of pre winter precipitation forecasting to see what they have to say is in store for the coming season. This year was no different, and if what has happened so far is anything to go on its going to be a good one.

You would have had to be hiding under a rock if you haven’t already heard the hype about New Zealand’s substantial early season snowfalls this year.

With all of the NZ ski fields from Mt Ruapehu down to Coronet Peak receiving more than a generous dose of the white stuff to start the season off with, some even reporting snow drifts of up to 2 metres in areas on the mountain.

Guide Russ Tilsley Ski touring above Queenstown in the Remarkables

Guide Russ Tilsley Ski touring above Queenstown in the Remarkables

Snow in May often does not stay but thanks to multiple storms and consistent cold temperatures it has, and we are all pretty stoked about that. This also means great things for the backcountry and our guides here at Southern Lakes Heliski are already itching to get out there.

All in all it’s looking very good, and with multiple mountains set to open this weekend it’s an ideal start for things to come. Welcome to winter 2016!