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At Alpine HeliSki we offer a range of packages to help match your skill and stamina with our guides and terrain. 

Regular Heliski Packages

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Chartered Heliski Packages

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Book in your package today to lock in the best pricesWe offer a 100% refund up until 24 hours prior to your booking. Our shoulder season is from May 30 to June 30 and our peak season is from July 1 to September 30. 

All our Packages Include

Helicopters

Alpine Heliski only use high performance AS350B2/B3 Helicopters, these models are powerful, light and manoeuvrable making them ideally suited to NZ mountain flying conditions. Helicopter maintenance facilities are inspected and approved by the NZ Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). All maintenance procedures comply with international civil aviation safety standards.

We work exclusively with HeliWorks

Pilots

All of our pilots have extensive hours of flying in local conditions and are highly skilled and experienced in winter mountain operations. They hold a New Zealand Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence and are regularly subjected to stringent performance checks to meet New Zealand CAA Part 135 requirements. These are specific to specialised techniques required for alpine flying.

Guides

Alpine Heliski guides are chosen for a wide range of skills. Not only must they hold professional industry qualifications, they must also be highly experienced (locally and internationally), personable and most importantly be able to deliver an excellent heli-day to all abilities of skiers and boarders. Our guides are certified to NZ industry standards. All senior guides are level 2 avalanche certified; this is the highest avalanche certification available in NZ and is only achieved after many years of field training and study. Our Guiding Director position is held by a NZMGA fully certified ski guide. This qualification is the highest HeliSki guide qualification available in NZ. Every winter all guides attend our pre-season training program.

Safety

Alpine Heliski Ltd is a registered Adventure Activity Operator pursuant to regulation 20 of the Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/19).

All guests will be given safety briefings covering avalanche safety and helicopter safety. Guides will carry comprehensive safety equipment.

Alpine Heliski has developed a comprehensive snow and avalanche management system. This includes procedures for collecting weather and snow information, evaluating snowpack stability, assessing hazards in the terrain, and determining our daily skiing program. Observations are also exchanged between other heliski operators and ski areas in Queenstown and Wanaka.

Download Safety and Logistics PDF. 

We offer a 100% refund policy, within 24 hours prior to departure. 

Our Heli Terrain is Vast

Spanning 8 separate mountain ranges with in excess of 400 ski runs provides you with access to 1000′s of hectares of exceptional bowls, snowy ridges and powder basins for your skiing and riding pleasure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Heli-Ski season starts 1st July and continues until the 20th September. July and August are the coldest months providing excellent powder conditions and clear weather. August to early September is often the best time with deep snow bases and regular snow falls. During late September expect spring like snow conditions. To avoid disappointment, it is advisable to book early during the peak season of July/August.

You don’t have to own your own powder skis, talk to us and we can happily arrange hire of powder skis and boards. Wide skis or powder skis are essential items for heliskiing. All our guides are expert skiers and we all use powder skis and boards. Powder skis allow you to ski a wide range of snow conditions, faster, easier and with more stability.

In order to simplify your heli-day, at Alpine Heli-Ski Ltd we can pickup and return your hire equipment from your chosen rental store free of charge. If due to weather conditions we can’t Heli-Ski/Board, most rental stores will not charge you for the rental and in most cases will gladly roll-over your equipment reservation to the next day should you wish. For rental store recommendations please contact us or talk with our frontline staff.

“If you can ski or ride blue runs on your local ski area then you can Heli-ski.” At Alpine Heli-Ski Ltd we customise your heli-day to suit your skill & experience level . Go to our ability page, rate yourself and then select the Heli-Ski package that best suits you.

Run length varies depending on the terrain however the average is approximately 600-700 vertical metres. Some powder bowls and glacier runs are much longer. Talk to us about the type of terrain you’d like to ski.

Dress as you would for a cold day at the ski area. You will need to bring wind proof jacket and pants, warm gloves, sunglasses or goggles and sunscreen. You will not need to ski/ride with a backpack. Please wear your casual shoes to the staging areas.

We provide all guests with avalanche safety beacons and instruction in their use. Our Guides will carry all other relevant safety equipment. Our safety page outlines our safety procedures, programs and standards in more detail. Download logistic and safety brochure.

Yes, Alpine Heli-Ski provide transfers from your Queenstown accommodation to our helipads. You are also welcome to self-drive this will save you time at the end of the day.

NZ mountain weather can be changeable. Early every morning our Guiding Director and Snow Safety Officer will evaluate snow and weather information and decide if conditions allow us to operate. If adverse weather prevents flying, your money will be fully refunded. If some heli-skiing has been possible during the day but less than the runs booked, you will be refunded at NZ$80 per run not skied ‘or’ downgraded to the next lowest package, whichever is the least cost to Alpine Heli-Ski Ltd. Refunds are not given due to injury, lack of ability or fitness.

Between 7:45-8:00am we call you at your accommodation to confirm the days operation and provide you with a pickup time approximately 8.30am. Guests are then transported to the staging area.

At the airport or staging area we provide a full safety briefing covering avalanche and helicopter safety. We now fly into the mountains and commence your day’s heliskiing/boarding. After several runs we select a scenic mountain top location for our sumptuous gourmet lunch.

After lunch you continue to ski/ride the remainder of your runs or upgrade with extra runs and continue skiing/riding all afternoon. At the end of the day you are transported back to your accommodation and we return any rental equipment you have hired.

Queenstown offers a wide range of accommodation options from exclusive lodges, hotels, motels and B&B’s. The Destination Queenstown website is your first stop for an extensive selection of Queenstown accommodation.

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Hear from our Past Adventure Seekers

"Fantastic experience! Extremely professional and well run. Guides and staff are super friendly and have top-notch local knowledge. Highly recommended!"

Simon Grant

"What a magic day!! Elliot was an excellent guide, the helicopter was top notch (felt brand new!) and the day could not have gone any better. I disagree with the negative review below from Scott P. I tried some of the bigger operators in Queenstown and their service level was v poor. I went with Alpine BECAUSE they are smaller and I'm so glad I did."

JP

"We had the most amazing day skiing! I took my 11 year old girl who was a bit nervous but the ski guides were so helpful, she loved it! Can’t thank you guys enough, we will be talking about this day for the rest of our lives! Thank you Elliott and Tim"

Lule Henley

"Has the most amazing experience with Ben Johns (our mountain guide). Super knowledgeable and avalanche safety was his priority. We had the whole day with the heli and the views were out of this world. The charter was really well organised. Will be coming back for another day next winter!"

Vivian Tam

"Went out on an 8 run day initially, couldn't help but book a private charter for the next day with a couple other guys I met on the first trip.
Hands down THE BEST experience of my entire life. The guides cater for everyone's ability, take you to various mountain ranges so you're always getting fresh lines and powder! The lunch provided is absolutely killer too!"

Matthew Peter

"Had an awesome time heli boarding with our guide Ben Johns. Such amazing powder and could not have asked for better blue bird conditions.
Will definitely be booking our trip for next year."

Thomas Stamboulakis

"If there was a sixth star i'd be giving it. One of the most incredible experiences of my life! The crew were amazing (shout out to Chris & Mick), and the Heli pilots are just mind-boggling (Scotty, you're just insane!). Will be back for sure... already planning the next adventure."

Dan Krigstein

Heli-Skiing is the Ultimate Activity for Freedom, Adventure and Exhilaration

Safety: Alpine Heliski has the leading safety record of any operator in the Southern Lakes Region. Terrain: Alpine Heliski has the largest area of skiable terrain of any operator in the Queenstown alpine region. Short Transfers: Alpine Heliski has several helipads conveniently located near Queenstown meaning short transport times. Guides: All guides are members of the New Zealand Mountain, Canadian Ski, and American Mountain Guides Associations Independent Operator: Alpine Heliski is the only directly owned heliski company in the Southern Lakes region. Small Groups: Daily capacity is capped at 4 helicopters and guided at a 1:4-5 ratio this allows us to maintain a high level of safety and customer service.

We offer a 100% refund policy, within 24 hours prior to departure. 

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