Have you tried the ultimate wilderness ski experience?
New Zealand has thousands of hectares of untouched powder snow on virgin mountain slopes – the stuff of dreams.
Heli-ski operators cover a vast area of off-piste territory, ranging far and wide along the Southern Alps during the July to October season. For intermediate skiers who are proficient in skiing on untracked powder, it can be the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime experience. You are transported with an alpine guide into remote backcountry, which has deep, powder snow on slopes that seem to go on forever. From the high slopes you have an unforgettable view of the Southern Alps snow-capped peaks marching into the distance. Multiple runs of 3000 vertical metres can be made on a heli-ski trip. It is totally exhilarating and completely effortless with your high tech transport always at hand.
Tasman Glacier in the Mt Cook National Park is a major attraction. You are whisked from the airport to the upper glacier within minutes and are then free to explore around 13 km of undulating glacial bowls, skimming past huge icefalls and crevasses down to the lowest glacial snowfield. The helicopter pilot then swiftly returns you to the start area. It is pure bliss – the longest glacial ski run in the Southern Hemisphere. At Wanaka, skiers are flown in to the vast Harris Mountains region – the largest heli-ski area south of the equator.
These winter wonderlands are only minutes away from civilization in New Zealand. So take a dream flight into the pristine backcountry for some magic moments on fresh powder – it will be the ride of your life.