Mt Cook Heliski New Zealand
Mt Cook Heliski (formerly Wilderness Heliski) operates in the wild and majestic Mount Cook heli skiing region, and is operated by the highly respected Alpine Guides. It’s definitely worth experiencing the Mt Cook heli ski difference!
The ultimate “slack-country” skiing experience is to go with Mt Cook Heliski (aka Wilderness Heliski). It’s completely slack in that the only rise of your heart rate will be from the adrenaline and excitement of being up in a helicopter in the spectacular Mount Cook area of the Southern Alps. The actual heli skiing and snowboarding is also guaranteed to get the pulse racing. Of course rather than being in the slack-country (as it’s traditionally defined!), heli skiing with Mt Cook Heliski is actually out in the vast backcountry, far away from any ski resorts or crowds. And with a playground of over 1,500 square kilometres, Mount Cook Heliski has plenty of runs that are completely untracked. Sounds choice eh?
When Does Mount Cook Heli Ski Operate?
Mt Cook Heli Ski operates every fine day from July 1st to September 30th. Powder is more common earlier in the season.
Heli skiing is very dependent on the weather, and wind or low visibility can result in no-fly days. The weather at Mt Cook can be particularly fickle considering its position close to the west coast with frequent clouds and storms rolling in. They operate about 4.5 days per week on average, but keep a flexible itinerary as sometimes there will be a stretch of days when they don’t fly. On down days you could go for a tramp around the Mt Cook region or go skiing at Roundhill or Ohau.
More Reasons to Heli Ski with Mt Cook Heliski NZ
Mt Cook Heliski is guided by the highly experienced Alpine Guides who have been in operation since 1966. They know the Mt Cook region like the back of their hand and can take you on a safe and thoroughly enjoyable heli skiing odyssey.
Aoraki means “cloud piercer” in the Maori language, and thanks to the fabulous heights of Mt Cook, the quality and quantity of the heli skiing is superior to that in other parts of NZ. For more information see our Mt Cook Heli Skiing review.
So powder hounds stop drooling and get out heli skiing to sniff all that delightful powder!
A Few More Details
Individuals are welcome to book, although a minimum of 3 total bookings are required to operate. Queenstown flight packages require a minimum of 4 bookings to operate. Because heliskiing is a weather dependent activity, pre-payment is not required. Mt Cook Heliski reserves the right to cancel heliskiing due to bad weather. This decision is usually made at 7am each day. In this case a refund of 100% is paid to any pre-paid clients, who are unable to re-book for a later date.
Mt Cook Heliski Packages
MT COOK WILDERNESS HELI DAY
5 Epic Runs among New Zealand's highest peaks
From price based on 5-run day (per person).
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Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Explore the natural wonders of the Mt Cook region whilst carving some turns in pristine powder. This package includes 5 runs (option to purchase more on the day) plus lunch, avalanche safety gear & guiding. More
- 5 incredible heli ski runs
- Professional guide services (maximum 5 guests per guide)
- A generous picnic lunch on the snow
- Safety equipment, including avalanche transceivers
- Pick-ups from Mt Cook Village to the helipad (if required)
Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Jul 01 - Sep 30, 2016
Where is Mt Cook Heliski NZ Located?
Aoraki / Mount Cook is the "Big Bertha" mountain of New Zealand at an elevation of 3,754 metres (12,316 ft) above sea level. Mount Cook is approximately 3 hours drive north of Queenstown
(or a 40 minute flight) and 3.5 hours south of Christchurch. Mt Cook Heliski operates in the Mount Cook region, but not actually on Aoraki as this mountain can only be skied by super humans!
Mt Cook Heliski uses helipads at the Mount Cook airport and Glentanner Airfield, which are 5km and 20km respectively from the Mount Cook village. Complimentary transfers between the village and heli pad can be provided.
Heli Ski Terrain
Mt Cook Heli Ski has 1,500 square kilometres (150,000 hectares) of terrain from the Mt Cook National Park to Lake Pukaki. The terrain is across five mountain ranges: Liebig, Malte Brun, Ben Ohau, Gammack and Burnett Ranges, which are just east and parallel to Mt Cook and Mount Tasman of the Main Divide. This is the largest single heliski zone of the New Zealand heli skiing operators.
The region is dominated by glaciated peaks, many of which are higher than 3,000 metres, and some of the helicopter landings are as high as 2,800 metres. The high elevation combined with lots of snowfall results in higher snow quality compared with Queenstown heli skiing operations further south. The higher elevation also allows for runs that are generally longer than down south. The average vertical per run is 800 metres, and the “Whip of Love” run drops an amazing 1,300 metres.
Like other heli skiing New Zealand, the big mountain terrain is way above the timberline, but some variety is ensured thanks to the heavily glaciated terrain. Mt Cook Heliski can cater to strong intermediate riders and up.