August Round Up

It might have been a slower start to the New Zealand Winter, but August surely delivered. The snow storms we had been waiting for finally arrived granting the promise of powder and great spring sessions ahead. We were visited by many interesting faces this month setting new standards of “best day’s ever” on our daily runs as well as our custom unlimited charters.

Let’s Jump Into It

August 1

Conditions consisted of fresh and light wintery snow. Don’t believe us? Check out our guide update from Chief Guide James Hamilton on this early morning First Turns Private Charter. Guests lifted from our Wanaka base at 7:30 after receiving 30 cm of new snow then proceeded to crush out 8 runs before heading into the office by 10am. Talk about a strong start to the day.

August 12

Great snow conditions continued to deliver for the a next week. With coverage improving the snow quality remaining soft and dry powder skiing! Guests were chomping at the bit. Here are a few of our favourite shots from our August 12 powder day atop the Minarets. Photos by Southern Lakes Heliski Guide: Andy Cole.

August 13

August 13 wasn’t half bad either. Check out this follow cam of Southern Lakes Heliski Guide Tom Willmott atop Black Peak in Wanaka.

August 18

Skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand by default provides an experience unlike anywhere else in the world. Heliskiing allows you to always go to where the best conditions are for the day. We partnered with Destination Queenstown to share with you just how unique the Southern Lakes Heliski Experience is. Sometimes pictures just don’t do it justice.

August 20

This trip might take the cake for the season. Steph Prem brought a whole new meaning to family vacations. Steph wanted to take full advantage of our Unlimited Charter. We customised the ultimate heliski experience by partnering with Ohau Lodge. Imagine waking up at the beautiful Ohau lodge to a full breakfast overlooking the turquoise lake below. Then after your morning flat white, taking 100 steps out the front door to your helicopter waiting to wisk you off to some of New Zealand’s most untouched and sustained lines.

We’re all about making dreams a reality here at Southern Lakes Heliski.