Monthly Archives: June 2011

Methven & Wilderness Heliskiing open 01 July

We are very pleased to announce that Wilderness and Methven Heliskiing launch tomorrow, the first NZ helicopter skiing to open for the 2011 season. Please see the media release below.

This is a “limited” opening and more snow is needed to access all our terrain and extend run length. As those in the snow business know, that isn’t uncommon for the start of the season.

Ski The Tasman, our glacier skiing operation also opens tomorrow.

The weather promises to be fine for several days, and a good dollop of westerly snow is expected early next week, which should improve conditions in both locations.

Media Release, effective immediately:

Wilderness Heliskiing & Methven Heliskiing first in NZ to open in 2011

Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd launches its 2011 heliskiing season on 01 July. The companies’ 2 heliski operations, Methven and Wilderness Heliski will be the first New Zealand helicopter skiing businesses to open this year.

The opening is limited, with some lower elevation terrain still not in ski-able condition. Managing Director Bryan Carter says, “The 2011 NZ Ski season has had a slow start, with mild temperatures and lower than normal snowfalls for June. But we have a distinct advantage in operating amongst the highest and most glaciated peaks in NZ. These mountains catch snow from every storm.”

Kevin Boekholt, Director of Methven Heliski says, “We still need more snow to open up all of our terrain, but that’s not uncommon for late June. This limited opening shows the inherent quality of our terrain.”

Ski The Tasman, Alpine Guides’ renowned glacier skiing operation on the Tasman Glacier also opens on 01 July.

Alpine Guides pioneered New Zealand heliskiing in 1976 in the Ben Ohau ranges near Mount Cook.

Methven Heliskiing is based in the Arrowsmith Range, inland from Christchurch. Methven Heliski opened in 1986, in conjunction with the Todhunter families of Glenfalloch and Lake Heron Stations.

Wilderness Heliskiing started in 1995 and operates in the Mount Cook region. Wilderness is the only helicopter skiing with access to terrain within Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

For more information contact
Bryan Cater
Wilderness Heliskiing
ph: 03 435 1834
Kevin Boekholt
Methven Heliskiing
ph: 03 302 8108



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New snow in the high mountains!

At our helipad at Glenfalloch station the sheep have been enjoying plenty of feed due to a very warm autumn that has delayed the opening of several ski areas. In the high mountains above 2000 meters there has been some recent snowfalls and the Arrowsmiths have enough cover to start operations in July. The weather pattern is changing and the models for next week are promising for more snow in the Arrowsmiths. In the meantime the sheep are still happy!!

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Earthquake update

Our hearts go out to the people of Christchurch who didn’t need this latest series of after shocks! In Methven we felt the latest earthquake but there was no damage done and business here is as usual with the town starting to look very good for winter. If you are wondering about coming over be assured that from the Airport to Methven or to our helipads everything is as normal and you probably won’t notice any damage. We anticipate a big storm this weekend that should put plenty of snow in our heliski terrain and we are looking forward to opening in July as planned.

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