A powder hound definitely wouldn’t be barking up the wrong tree if they went heli skiing
with Methven Heliski!
Powder junkies can understandably be a bit snow-vanistic when it comes to skiing in New Zealand
. The snow conditions at the NZ ski resorts can be dubious and fresh tracks disappear quickly. Freshies are easier to come by at the club fields, but you have to use up lots of energy riding the nut-cracker ropetows
and hiking up big slopes just to get a few virgin turns. A significantly better option is to go heli skiing in the Arrowsmith Mountain Ranges with Methven Heliski!
Heli skiing or heli boarding is the most phenomenal experience for those who love fresh tracks, spectacular scenery, and an amazing adventure.
When Does Methven Heliski Operate?
The Methven Heliski season is from the start of July to the end of September.
The heli skiing occurs above the treeline so it’s weather dependent. Inclement weather conditions normally result in no fly days about three days a week. Obviously you’ll need to be flexible with your itinerary so that if weather conditions preclude flying you can reschedule for a subsequent day.
The decision to fly is usually made at 7am on the day of operation. If the heli skiing has been prepaid and clients are unable to rebook for a later date, a 100% refund is paid.
Methven Heliski Packages
METHVEN HELISKI - DAY HELI SKIING
Standard 5 Run "Perfect" Package
From price based on PERFECT 5-run day.
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Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Methven Heliski is one of New Zealand's premier heli ski companies offering what many would agree is NZ's best heli skiing terrain. Don't just take it from us, book a day or more and experience it for yourself! More
- 5 epic heli skiing runs (with option to buy more runs on the day)
- Professional heliski guides (max 1:5 ratio)
- Generous picnic lunch on the mountain
- Use of & training on avalanche beacon
- Return shuttle to staging area (if required)
Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Jul 01 - Sep 30, 2016
Where is Methven Heli Ski Located?
As the name suggests, Methven Heliski is based in the town of Methven
, which is located just over an hour west of the Christchurch International Airport on the South Island of New Zealand. Methven is close to the Mt Hutt
ski field and a variety of club fields
, so your holiday can combine some heli skiing with resort skiing. Or perhaps after you go heli skiing, you’ll be so spoilt that you’ll just want to do more heli skiing!
The helicopter staging area (ie heli pad) is situated at Glenfalloch Station, 60km northwest of Methven, a drive that takes an hour plus. Methven Heliski can provide van transport to the staging area if required. Glenfalloch is a gorgeous high country farm where you’ll see plenty of future Icebreakers.
It’s just a short helicopter ride from Glenfalloch Station across to the heli skiing runs on the Arrowsmith, Ragged, and Palmer Ranges.
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Methven Heli Skiing Terrain
Methven Heliski has exclusive access to over 200 named runs across 1,000 square kilometres of terrain (100,000 hectares or 247,105 acres). To give you an idea of the magnitude of the terrain, this is 274 times the size of Mt Hutt
, and you only have to share all that fresh powder with a small group of like-minded folks.
Like all heli skiing New Zealand
the terrain is up in the alpine, so there are no trees to prevent you from being a speed demon. The mountain ranges are glaciated and the heli skiing landing points are up to 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) of elevation. Run lengths are 850 metres (2,790 feet) of vertical drop on average, with a maximum of 1,200 vertical metres of ecstasy.
Despite the myths associated with heli skiing that it’s only for super extreme riders, the heli skiing with Methven Heliski is suitable for a range of ability levels. Fit and confident intermediate skiers and snowboarders with some off-piste experience can go heli skiing, and the terrain is particularly well suited to advanced and expert riders.
More Reasons to Go Heli Skiing with Methven Heliski NZ
Kevin Boekholt has been the director and lead guide of Methven Heliski since the 80s. Considering he’s such an old hand you know you’re in good hands. Kevin is renowned in international heli ski circles, and some guests follow him around the world to go heli skiing in Canada and Greenland.
A day out with Methven Heliski will absolutely rock. After you come down from the mountain, it will take some time to come down from your high! Spectacular views, riding with other powderhounds, the rush of the helicopter drop off, and an abundance of fresh powder turns will be hard to beat!
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