Monthly Archives: August 2011

Save a pilot book a heli day!

As we move toward September despite a big snow base and great conditions forecast for the month ahead numbers do drop off! At some point our 2nd helicopter has to go back and after a great season to date it is always a shame to say goodbye to Troy for another year! Troy a is fantastic pilot and has done an amazing job getting Burton Team riders into difficult zones during this past August. If you have had the pleasure of flying with Troy you will know what I mean, if you haven’t book in for September as Troy is keen stay up here for as long as he can!!!

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Masa Takeuchi

I met Masa 20 years when as a young professional snowboarder he showed for a photo shoot with Methven Heli.  Since then he has returned numerous times to NZ and I have recently bumped into him in the Tateyama region in Japan where we were both guiding at the same time. Masa is one of Japans most famous snowboarders, he runs a heliskiing business in Hokkaido and has a clothing line AK457 which specializes in clothing for the backcountry. This season Masa was on a photo shoot for his new clothing line and also to collect material to promote tours for next season. Masa prefers the big

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mountain terrain at Methven Heli to other operations and we like him riding with us!

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Team Atomic

Team Atomic’s top athletes, Serge Catterbrage,Molly Baker,Chris Benchetter and Denna Flahr put the new powder ski’s to test in the Arrowsmith and Ragged Ranges last week.  The new gear yet to be released looked pretty good and I would love to have had a run on the new ski’s. The team made of the most of the powder ,the steeps and the drops while photographer Christian Pondella recorded the action! After a fresh dump of snow over the weekend the weather and conditions look fantastic for this week.

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Irish Monks

The “Irish Monks” are a group of Aussie guys who combine heliskiing with partying on their annual trip to Methven Heliski. They are a mix of skiers and boarders of varying talent but all are capable of following the guides down whatever terrain get delivered up! Any crashes result in serious ribbing from the group and stories get bigger as the evening socializing progresses. The Monks stay at Gelnfalloch Station which is probably a good thing as after a long night those extra hours to sleep in are important. This trip the Monks scored 3 perfect consecutive powder days and with lots of extra runs it was one the better trip in the past decade of attendance! The last day we skied on Coast to coast a run where from the landing it is possible to view the ocean on both sides of NZ and then descend 1000 meters of great powder. Thanks for coming Monks, you are one of favourite groups and we look forward to seeing you next season!

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Happy with our helicopter

Chief pilot Philip Todhunter is happy to be flying a ” Super D2 Helicopter” this season.His machine HKF is a single engine helicopter powered by an American engine, Honeywells LTS101-700 D2. The super D2 is performing well on our high elevation landings and is a fast climber! The red and white colour scheme is also great for photos!

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