What are the best times to Heliski?
Our ski season starts early July and goes right to the end of September.
What Altitude will I be heliskiing / Boarding at?
Most of our ski terrain is between 1200 m and 2,585m. These elevations have proven to provide us with the best powder snow.
How much snow should I expect?
On average, in the areas where we actually ski, snowfall ranges from 2.5 m to 3.5m per season. Since our area covers some 8,500sq/km, snow amounts and conditions can vary.
Can you accommodate special dietary requirements?
Yes we can. Please advise us when you book
Do I need to be an expert Heliskiier / HeliBoarder?
No, if you can ski/ride an intermediate run you will have a great day Heliskiing.
How long are the runs?
Our average runs are 3 times the length of an average NZ skifield, between 600-1000m vert. Some are a lot longer……..!
Do I need to book days in advance?
You can book the day before most of the season but in August book in early as we get very busy!
Do I need special skis or board?
For skiers we recommend fat powder ski’s. In deep snow boarders can go slightly longer or use your usual board in a free ride stance. Talk to us about rental options.
General Info & Heliski Stats
Equipment: All equipment, including powder skis can be hired locally on a daily or multi-day basis – just ask one our guides to point you in the right direction.
Snow reports: Daily snow reports are posted outside our Heli ski shops in Queenstown and Wanaka. Our report page is regularly updated on our website: www.heliskinz.com or come in and talk to the guides in our shop to get professional advice on what the weather may be doing. A snow report will be emailed daily to all of our Agents.
Photo services: Photos and Videos are taken on demand and are available for purchase at the end of the day. Please talk to your guide.
Film and Photo shoots: Southern Lakes Heliski specialist film safety guides have assisted in the making of many film and television productions over the years. We provide extensive location knowledge, site management, helicopter safety and filming advice.
SLH Clothing: Heliski branded clothing, Soft-shell jackets, Hoodies & T-shirts are available to purchase from our booking office or online.
Bookings: Simply read and complete the waiver form and present it to us when you book. We do advise booking in advance for the high season – July 20th to 10th Sept – but we are pretty flexible so come and see us even if it’s a last minute idea! Payment is taken the night before your trip so that on the day all we do is pick you up and go find the powder.
Cancellations: A full refund is given if your cancellation is received by 2pm the day before you are booked to go.
Refunds: Unfortunately sometimes bad weather prevents our operation. Should this occur, all payments will be fully refunded. If some heliskiing has been possible, but due to the weather you had fewer runs than you booked for; the value of refund offered will be determined by the package purchased. Visit us instore for details. Refunds are not given due to injury, lack of ability, fitness or cancellations on the day.
Season: early July to early October
Highest Elevation: 2585m
Vertical: Anywhere from 600 to 1000 vertical metres
Helicopters: B2 and B3 squirrel Helicopters but we have access to others
Snowmaking: Mother natures best!
Location: Southern Lakes Region, Queenstown and Wanaka
Terrain: 8,500 Square kilometers of ski-able terrain, from huge natural bowl to steep shutes. Something for everyone, intermediate to Expert.