Queenstown heli-skiing conditions the best this season

18/9/2013 | Posted in Discover Queenstown

It might be starting to get warmer outside with Spring well underway, but that doesn’t mean the snow is on its way out just yet

In fact, if you’re a diehard skier or snowboarder, you’ll be guaranteed to get the best snow conditions all season right now with a heli-ski tour.

With the September weather patterns we’ve had, our mountains have excellent powder snow that you’d normally see in August – so there’s great skiing to be explored on a huge amount of terrain from Queenstown all the way to Mt Cook.

Staysouth’s Andy Salek has been a heli-ski guide with Harris Mountains Heli-ski for 22 years – so he really knows what he’s talking about.

“Spring conditions are better than ever and people are experiencing amazing heli-skiing right now, with boot-top snow expected right into October. It means the quality of the season is extended,” he says.

Harris Mountains Heli-ski offers a variety of packages for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities on mountains within the Southern Alps, Harris Mountains and beyond.

Operating for 30 years, Harris Mountains Heli-ski is the largest heli-ski company in New Zealand. Tour guides are all fully-qualified and have a huge amount of experience.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the proper equipment – you can hire back-country skis and you’ll get a transceiver. HMH also provides a gourmet buffet lunch and can pick you up from your Staysouth accommodation to take you to the chopper.

Staysouth has three luxury accommodation properties for you to choose from, including Village Queenstown – just a short drive to the heliski operations base located adjacent to the airport in Frankton. Otherwise, you might prefer staying closer to central Queenstown, where you can reflect on your epic day in untouched powder at one of about 150 bars and restaurants in the Queenstown region. All our spacious and well-apppointed accommodation has great storage space for your skis and most come with a private, lockable garage if you choose to rent a car.

The Staysouth team know and love Queenstown and all it has to offer – including heliskiing. Talk to us today and we’ll be glad to help you plan your Queenstown holiday.