Make Heli Skiing Your 2018 New Year’s Resolution

January 11, 2018

2018 is all about doing those things you have always wanted to but always found an excuse not to do…

2018 is all about doing those things you have always wanted to but always found an excuse not to do…

Happy New Year to all you powder lovers out there. Hopefully, you’re curing the powder blues and getting some face shots in the Northern Hemisphere, or just checking out all the latest footage online to get a fix.

If you didn’t get the heliski trip you wanted for Christmas (we know that’s what you really wanted), then you might have to take some steps yourself. Sometimes your head will hold you back from achieving your destiny, but thought precedes action, so we have come up with five ways to overcome five common excuses that are holding you back from heliskiing in New Zealand this winter.

For $5 a day you can enable your life to be much better with a heliski …its a small commitment but the end result is worth it!

For $5 a day you can enable your life to be much better with a heliski …its a small commitment but the end result is worth it!

1) You want to heliski, but don’t have enough money:

Do you drink coffee or spend $5 a day on something you really don’t need? STOP!!! It’s time to start putting that $5 into a separate term deposit which you can’t touch until the specified date. This will become your fun bank, gathering momentum like a jet turbine engine starting up. Make money saving achievable by breaking it into small steps, and before you know it the pilot will be lifting the collective and you’ll be ticking heli-skiing in New Zealand off that bucket list. Carry that behavior on and you’ll be basking in the glory of multi-day heli-skiing the following year.

“If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you”…all it takes to get fit is one step in front of another..

“If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you”…all it takes to get fit is one step in front of another..

2) You’re not feeling fit enough:

If you are struggling to bend over and tie up your shoes but you love to ski and snowboard then it’s time to start a fitness regime! Winter in New Zealand will be here before you know it, but it’s not too late! The first step is always the hardest, but you’ll appreciate it on your heliski day. Do what you love, whether it’s walking, running, yoga, biking or surfing. Just do half an hour a day, anything is better than nothing, it’s a great habit to form. We recommend 10 unweighted squats for every minute of watching skiing and snowboarding films on the internet. You’ll feel better, plus you will be able to embrace every turn you make in the powder. You’ve got this!!

“Confidence may not bring success but it gives power to face any challenge”

“Confidence may not bring success but it gives power to face any challenge”

3) You always wanted to heliski, but have a lack of confidence:

Remember you’re not alone – many of our heliski customers are first-timers of intermediate level. The best thing you can do is be committed and back yourself – go ahead and purchase your heliski trip preseason. Once you’ve committed to your dream, you’ll be committed to making it happen. Confidence is a mental game. If you’re unsure of anything, you have plenty of time to give us a call or drop us an email and we are here to answer any questions. A common myth is that you need to be an expert rider and need to jump out of a helicopter to start your run. This is simply untrue. The helicopter will always land and your guide will be there to let you out safely.

You don’t have to be a “legend” to be able to heliski. Wide open slopes are perfect for intermediates!

You don’t have to be a “legend” to be able to heliski. Wide open slopes are perfect for intermediates!

4) You are an intermediate level rider and feel you don’t have the skills to heliski:

If you are still struggling with the learner slopes then you may want a couple more lessons before you book. But… If you can comfortably link turns on an intermediate ski run then guess what, you can heliski!!! With 17 mountain ranges in our tenure, we have a huge amount of terrain available to us, which means we can cater for all levels of skiing and snowboarding ability. Groups are based on ability and so you’ll always be riding with people your own level. Have a chat with us or fill out the ability questionnaire on our website and you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised.

The mates will follow when you make the move to book a heliski – its too much fun to miss out on…

The mates will follow when you make the move to book a heliski – its too much fun to miss out on…

5) You want to heliski with your mates, but are struggling to motivate the crew to join you?

The best advice I ever was given is never to wait for the crew. Become the instigator and be the first on the dancefloor. Book that heliski yourself and just watch, the crew will join you. Their overwhelming FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) will soon see to that. If you are in Queenstown or Wanaka, you can get our shop staff to do the work for you. Bring your crew in and let the team show you updated snow and weather conditions. That’s sure to seal the deal with your friends.

Best of luck with your New Year’s resolution. We looking forward to having the best day ever together with you this winter!