Our season is well underway and we have had some good days out to date. We could definitely use some more snow but still have good coverage on our glaciated and high elevation terrain. July is a great month for taking photos as the sun is low producing a strong contrast between the white snow and the blue sky! Incorporate long shadows, powder snow and skiers in bright clothing and you get amazing pictures
Over the past few days all the guides got together at our new Mount Cook base and completed the annual pre season training! The weather has not been favourable for the ski areas in NZ but the backcountry has had some significant snowfalls and the current system will top things up this week and improve the ski areas as well. It is great to see Australia has had some long awaited snow and this should get everyone warmed up before getting on a plane to hit the big mountains over the next few months! New for this season is an area to relax and hang out at our Glenfalloch Helipad! Dietlind has been working hard this summer on improving the facilities and the helipad is looking fantastic. At our Lake Heron Helipad we will have a 2nd tanker for fuelling so for guests staying at www.lakeheron.co.nz there will be the option to fly directly to the mountains or even get picked up from one the remote huts for guests that prefer a total backcountry experience.
I will be in Australia to promote “CMH Heliskiing in Canada”, my adventures and upcoming trips to “East Greenland” and this coming winter in New Zealand heliskiing at our Mount Cook and Methven operations. I will join Jarred from Mint Tours to talk about the new Heli Camp at Mount Cook on Wednesday 28th and then will join the crew from Travel Plan Australia for their annual snow shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney! If you are free to come down and have a look around it will be great to see you at any of the venues below.
Thursday May 29th, 5pm – 9pm
Melbourne Exhibition Centre South Bank
Saturday May 31st, 10am – 3pm Brisbane Event and Exhibition Centre South Bank
Original Room “M3″ Close to Entrance
Sunday June 1st , 11am – 4pm
Australian National Maritime Museum Darling Harbour
New Larger Room “Gallery One”
Always keen to talk about adventures to distant mountains! Hope to see you in Australia!
IFMGA Guide, CMH Guide, Director Alpine Guides Aoraki, Director Greenland Heliski
As I write this blog the snow is falling at our helipad at Glenfalloch Station. After an unusually warm August we are now finally getting the cold temps and frequent snowfalls that should have occurred a month ago! For the month of September there are specials on accommodation at our helipads. It’s a great time of year with long evenings to enjoy mountains biking, kayaking or simply taking a walk or just relaxing in the sun with a cold one after a great day of heliskiing!
August has been a struggle however we have managed to provide some great skiing for our guests despite battling strong winds and clouds on many of the operational days. As we look toward September the weather pattern has finally changed with the first big anticyclone for the season arriving and promising more stable and cooler conditions. If you have been waiting for the perfect spell of weather it looks like September will provide!
We just got chased out of the mountains after three good powder days and all of a sudden my phone is ringing as people have heard it’s going to snow! Since operations started in 1986 it has been a continuous struggle to convince the skier and boarders that conditions on the ski areas do not reflect that of the back county. We operate in high glaciated mountains that are much further west of the ski resorts hence we get significantly more snow and can have powder snow conditions when the resorts are skiing hard pack! When it blows in Canterbury it snows in the Arrowsmith mountains! When you have a warm windy day we are getting a new carpet so don’t wait for the Southerlies get in after the Westerly storms and you wont be disappointed. Yesterday riders certainly were happy with the conditions!
Palmers today, Skiing/ boarding new powder all day from the storm that lasted the last three days. Hoping the bad weather is over and we will get out for a number of days this week.