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Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown New Zealand

Alpine Heliski NZ

For powderhounds who are addicted to skiing or boarding virgin snow, fresh tracks are as vital as breathing oxygen. Finding freshies at the NZ ski resorts is rare, and whilst it’s sometimes possible to find fresh powder at the NZ club fields, it can be hard to have a nut-cracking good time considering the general lack of facilities. The ultimate alternative is a helicopter – it’s a million times better than a nut-cracker rope-tow! And with a helicopter you can hit the backcountry where there are thousands of hectares of untouched snow – it’s music to a powderhounds ears!

Alpine Heli Ski NZ provides a range of heli skiing packages and charter trips in the spectacular Southern Alps near Queenstown, Wanaka and Mt Cook. Their packages are suitable for seasoned pros or heli skiing virgins. However if you haven’t been heli skiing yet, be warned. Go heli skiing once and you’ll begin a love affair that you may not be able to break off!

Where is Alpine Heli Ski Located? The Alpine Heli Ski office is located in Queenstown.

Alpine Heli Ski’s playground is within the stunning mountains near Queenstown, Wanaka and Mt Cook.

When Does Alpine Heli Ski Operate? The Alpine Heli Ski season starts on July 1st and continues through to September 30th. Peak time is during August.

As with all New Zealand heli skiing, fly days are very contingent on the weather. The choppers may be grounded every second day on average, so keep your itinerary a little flexible. Thankfully there are a plethora of other world famous Queenstown activities to keep you entertained.

Alpine Heliski Packages

Alpine Heliski Day Heli Packages DETAILS
QUEENSTOWN DAY HELISKIING
Packages from 3 to 8 Runs Ex Queenstown
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USD 667
Book by June 30 & get up to 20% off the advertised price of 4 & 6-run heli days.
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Alpine Heliski offers day heli skiing packages from Queenstown suited to all abilities. Standard packages are 3 to 8 runs; you choose a package to suite your budget. All packages include guiding, safety equipment, gourmet lunch, transfers from your hotel in Queenstown & the time of your life! More
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Inclusions
  • 3 - 8 epic heliskiing runs (from price based on 3 runs)
  • Professional & certified guides
  • Safety briefing & use of avalanche beacon
  • Picnic lunch on the mountain
  • Return shuttle from your Queenstown accommodation to helipad
Add-ons
  • Additional runs
  • Private group packages
Location: New Zealand | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Alpine Heliski Freeride Days DETAILS
FREERIDE HELISKI & HELIBOARDING DAYS
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USD 273
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Free Ride days are suitable for all ability levels as you control the pace and number of runs you wish to do. You choose a weekend/date you wish to book & Alpine Heli will run the day on whichever has the best conditions. Ideal for photo/film shoots, skiers/boarders wanting max heli runs or for those just wanting ..... More
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Inclusions
  • Includes heli access in and out of the free ride zone
  • First run
  • Lunch on the mountain
Add-ons
  • Extra runs at just NZD$75 per run
Location: New Zealand | Tour Focus: Semi-Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Heli Skiing and Heli Boarding Terrain

The terrain on offer is vast to say the least. It’s more than 1,800 times the size of Coronet Peak, so the guides have lots of slopes to choose from to find the best snow conditions. The terrain is appropriate for various ability levels, from blue-runners through to experts.

The alpine terrain includes powder bowls, ridges, chutes and glaciers. Run length varies somewhat with an average vertical drop of about 600-700 metres. In the Mt Cook region the runs are generally much longer, with some runs in excess of 1,200 metres so you’ll need to undertake an intensive pre-season training regime!?!

Another highlight of the heli skiing is the opportunity to be up amongst the spectacular terrain in the Southern Alps. Chances are you’ll become really snap happy, so take an extra memory card for your digital camera.

Alpine Heliski Refund Policy

A full refund can only be guaranteed if cancellation is received 24 hours prior to skiing.

Minimum number of 3 people required for heliskiing to operate.

If adverse weather prevents flying, your money will be fully refunded. If some heli skiing has been possible but less than the runs booked, you will be refunded at NZ$100 per run not skied 'or' downgraded to the next lowest package, whichever is the least cost to Alpine Heliski Ltd.

Refunds are not given due to injury, lack of ability or fitness.

Alpine Heliski reserves the right to cancel the days heli ski operations for any reason.

More Reasons to Go Heli Skiing with Alpine Heli Ski

Alpine Heli Ski is a boutique operation so they can provide a somewhat personalised experience. And considering the business is owner operated, Tim and his team strive to ensure that you have the best possible experience. Chances are that your heli-ski day will be absolute bluss!

Heli skiing with Alpine Heli Ski is not just for the rich and famous. Mere mortals can also experience the joys of heli skiing considering the very affordable packages. And if you’re not a kiwi, convert the NZ dollar into your local currency (convert here), and then it seems criminal not to go heli skiing. For more information see our Alpine Heli Ski review.

Reviews

6 Run Heliski Package

Matthew
30/08/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    August
I booked an early bird deal and received 15% off a 6 run package bringing the amount to $956 which was very respectable.

I flew with them on the 19th of August after being pushed back from the Thursday, when they explained why it was all about providing myself as the customer the best possible snow given the conditions, which made it more than acceptable.

My guide for the day was Tim, very easy to get along with and share a laugh or answer any of my questions.

The day ran very smoothly was picked up at 8.30 driven out to the pick up location, received the necessary trainings to help stay as safe a possible, and was in the mountains from about 10.45am till 3-3.30 before being driven back to town around 4pm.

Snow was nice soft corn on the sunny aspects and a 1-2cm layer of crust on the shaded aspects but dry powder underneath, once the initial layer of ice was broken it was very enjoyable. Alpine Helsinki provided a fantastic lunch of sausage rolls, soup & gourmet sandwiches, tea, coffee and juice 3 runs in before finishing the day of with some more challenging runs.

All in all a fantastic day and a great first look into the world of Heliskiing, I will definitely be returning to Queenstown to Heliski again with Alpine Heliski.

Matt

Alpine Heliski NZ

Shannon
02/09/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Professional service and a great day all round. JT our guide was a great laugh and really made our day. Would highly recommend them to anyone.

Thanks to Powder Hounds for the referral.

My advice, go with the larger heliski operators in Queenstown

Scott
30/08/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
I will be fair with my ratings of the "snow" as they cancelled my flight at 9pm the night before. Read on:

After calling in the morning to see if the heliski was still going ahead the next day and signing all the waivers at 4pm, I got a call at 9pm the night before to "unfortunately" inform me that due to lack of numbers they had to cancel the heliski. The Freeride option still had openings when I called in the morning but the manager said my flight had enough numbers. When I asked whether I could transfer to the Freeride helicopter they said "sorry it's now fully booked".. So you're telling me you would rather walk-in business over customers who have booked months in advance? Is this because you get a higher rate for the last minute walk-ins?

One of the worst customer service I have experienced. They did offer to call up either Harris Mountain Heliski or Southern Lakes, 15 minutes later... they "may" have a spot for Southern Lakes but I won't find out until tomorrow. They did not even bother to call Harris Mountain Heliski whereas I took the initiative to give them a call, the owner picked up the phone (after hours) and was just at the bar down the road so personally came to see me and secured a booking for the next day - that's what I call "customer service".

My advice is to go with the larger Heliski companies who can make enough numbers to fill a helicopter. But hey, I'm just a customer, something Alpine Heliski does not care very much about.

Alpine Heli Ski

Todd
06/09/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Truly an awesome day, one of the best experiences of my life. We had fresh tracks all day and plenty of sunshine.

A Great Boutique Heli Experience

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
21/08/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
New Zealand heli skiing operations are all very similar and with the Queenstown operators it’s really difficult to differentiate one from another.

Factors typical to all NZ heli operations include: single day packages available; no tree skiing; high frequency of down days due to inability to ski and fly in protected areas; snow quality can be very variable; the vistas are spectacular; and the rates are a fraction of what you’d pay for heli skiing elsewhere in the world.

For all the Queenstown heli skiing operations the vertical drop is only about 600-700 metres, although with Alpine Heliski the runs might be a little longer than with Southern Lakes as some of their terrain is a fraction higher.

So what makes Alpine Heliski stand out from the rest of the pack? Alpine Heliski is owner-operated and the owner also doubles as the chief guide. Rather than it just being a business, heli skiing is Tim’s passion, and he’ll strive to make sure it becomes your obsession too. The operation is smaller than its competitors, and the boutique nature of the operation lends itself well to being able to customise the experience somewhat for each guest, even with the “standard” packages. The introduction of the Free Ride Days is also somewhat novel and a great opportunity for those on a budget to get out and enjoy the spectacular backcountry.

For a more detailed review and ratings on this operation, see our Alpine Heli Ski review.