Spring Heliskiing is Awesome Right Now!

September 24, 2017

Southernlakesheliski_blog

September, are you in Spring or Winter? What started out as Spring with temperatures warming up, blossoms emerging and little lambs skipping and prancing amongst the daffodils soon changed back to Winter. It came back with a vengeance too, delivering snow right down to lake level and over 100cm to the backcountry!!

This came at a perfect time for the Winter Games athletes who were finishing their competitions and ready for some free time skiing and snowboarding in the mountains. We had the pleasure of hosting the Burton Teamwhich consisted of Danny DavisKelly ClarkJack MitraniRed Gerard, Brock Couch, Ben FergusonJames Jackson and Manager Frankie Chapin. Seeing these professionals in their element, heliboarding our mountains was pretty special and inspiring.

Burton Rider Kelly Clark heliboarding with us enjoying the fresh powder

Burton Rider Kelly Clark heliboarding with us enjoying the fresh powder

Carlos Garcia Knight (bronze in the slopestyle at the Winter games) came out with his crew of Marcus Shin, Jordan Rayward, Cam Henderson and Sy Moran to gather content for episode 3 of his “Kickers and Cream

It was also great to welcome back Enni Rukajarvi back after she came out heliskiing last year with Antti Auttito snowboard some first ever big mountain descents and gather fresh content. Her all-girl crew of Sarka PancochovaSpencer O’Brien, and Elena Hight also joined in the fun and had some good photo sessions with legendary photographer Ashley Barker.

Enni Rukajarvi  dropping one of the big mountain lines with Southern Lakes Heliski

Enni Rukajarvi dropping one of the big mountain lines with Southern Lakes Heliski

Since the athlete’s departure, Spring has returned, providing us with some excellent spring corn. It such a fantastic time to heli-ski in New Zealand as the days are longer, the temperatures warmer and the vibe is fun. The towns of Queenstown and Wanaka become full of people in transition mode, mountain biking in the morning and then skiing and boarding in the afternoons.

Many of our customers wait for this time of the year due to many reasons. First timer heliskiers prefer the snow conditions as they are easier to ski or board and allow a natural progression throughout the day. The snowpack starts to go through a melt-freeze process which means it starts off firmer in the morning and releases in the afternoons.  This process also consolidates the snowpack, which reduces the avalanche danger and opens up all that challenging terrain that has been put to the side all winter.

Enjoying the 100cm of powder that came down in the recent September storm.

Enjoying the 100cm of powder that came down in the recent September storm.

We only have a few weeks left of what has been an epic heliski season but thankfully that last September storm delivered so much snow we still have enough coverage to keep going well into October!

Guest enjoys a perfect spring day. Bluebird and lots of snow to go heliskiing.

Guest enjoys a perfect spring day. Bluebird and lots of snow to go heliskiing.

If you feel like an amazing heliski day in our New Zealand mountains, surrounded by some of the best views in the world, then give us a call and let us take you out into our extensive terrain!