Monthly Archives: September 2008

Late September Powder

Guide Roy Hawthorne finds some late September powder to make turns in. The weather has turned cold again and the season does not want to end! We will keep our helicopter until October 5th so if you want to catch the last of 2008 in the Arrowsmiths the next few days is your last chance!

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Still lots of fun left!

Last weekend produced some great conditiosn for both skiing and riding! We still have an amazing snow base and there is still promise of some great days before the season ends!

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Last Flight out of Sydney

Catching the last flight out of Sydney on Thurday night provided the perfect opportunity to catch a little powder this morning. If you are going to sneak a day off work you may as well make the most of it. Still lots of snow out there and we will be enjoying it until the end of the month. Off the Reichek…

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Feel like a light read while you’re waiting for the weather to clear?

Pick up a copy of the August-September issue of Intrepid New Zealand Magazine for a local’s-eye view of a day out with Methven Heli.
Local writer Mark O’Connor joins Methven Heli guide Johnny Morgan for his first heli-boarding experience and has the luck to get out on possibly the best deep powder and blue sky day the Arrowsmiths offered up all season!
If that’s not enough to entice you to pick up a copy, this issue also offers you the chance to win an alpine experience of a lifetime courtesy of our southern big-brothers Alpine guides.  So head on down to your nearest news stand and snap one up!

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Frog expertly guides Britta and Christoff

Guide Andy Taylor (Frog) looks after Britta and Christoff on a run called Homeward Bound. Christoff has only 9 days to go to his 80th birthday and we want him to be in good shape for the party. So no cliffs today Frog, just great spring snow with no suprises!

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September 6th, Winter is back in force!

Swiss snowboarder “orion” has been in NZ for 3 months snowboarding and this was the number one day!

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Guide Profile – Phil Marchand

Interntaional Mountain Man of Mystery and Methven Heli Celebrity Guide Phil Marchand - So Hot Right Now!!

Interntaional Mountain Man of Mystery and Methven Heli Celebrity Guide Phil Marchand - So Hot Right Now!!

 

This year we’re excited to have Canadian Ski Guide, Phil Marchand as a member of the Methven Heli team.  Phil joins Methven Heli from his hometown of Revelstoke, British Colombia. 

 

Spending 9 months a year on skis, Phil’s passion for the mountains is backed up by solid credentials.  Receiving a degree in Adventure Guiding from Thompson River University in Kamloops, Phil is also a Certified Ski Guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.  In his role as Professional Ski Mountaineering and Heliski Guide, Phil has had the chance to work on four different continents, including a season opening Iceland’s first heliski operation. 

 

This is Phil’s first time in New Zealand and although he’s been lucky enough to get a good dose of powder, he’s exited about the upcoming spring too.  “The terrain here is big and steep.  It’s a big mountain skier’s paradise, the Arrowsmiths have big, aesthetic lines and this season we’ve already had some epic corn skiing”.

 

As well as being an exceptional ski guide, Phil is also a talented photographer and film maker.  Specialising in adventure sports, with of course a huge emphasis on ski mountaineering. When he’s not skiing for work or pleasure Phil can be found in exotic locations documenting extreme adventure activities!

 

If you’d like to check out some of Phil’s work visit www.philmarchand.com

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