If shushing down the slopes on your board or skis, ducking and weaving through the novices and subliminally racing that tosser beside you is getting boring, then you might be needing a heli-skiing fix.
This post is for those who have a bit of recessionary dosh left over to throw into the air and who can think of nothing more dreamy than skiing on unadulterated, virgin fluff where no teenager has dared to blaze a zig-zag.
According to The New Zealand Adventure Guide, you can expect to get five to nine runs in per day and probably with lunch included.
Here’s who to try for the ultimate skiing adventure on South Island slopes:
Harris Mountains Heli-Ski – exclusive access to slopes stretching from Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook, these guys will find the terrain to suit your ability. Start with a scenic flight, then choose 3, 4 or 7-runs plus lunch. www.heliski.co.nz
Heli-Ski Queenstown + Over the Top have joined forces to offer ski tours away from the school holiday throng. Book a 3 or 5-run package including gourmet lunch. www.flynz.co.nz
Methven Heliski offers multi-day trips to 3 mountain ranges and over 250 runs for intermediate to advanced skiers. www.methvenheli.co.nz
Southern Lakes Heliski has been flying keen skiers to the top of the world for 20 years. They have exclusive rights to to some mountains as well as the other ranges available. Gourmet lunch is included. (They also do heli-weddings… now that would be novel!) www.heliworks.co.nz
Wilderness Heliski is the only company offering heli-skiing and heli-boarding in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and some terrain runs can be 1000m vertical! Lunch and transfers are included. www.wildernessheli.co.nz