Methven Heliski opened for business on June 24th a week earlier than normal. This was due to a special request from two of our best and most regular guests. Having skied with us for over 20 years and usually for up to two months at a time Christof and Britta Wieser have possibly done more Heliskiing in the Southern Alps of New Zealand than anyone. As a couple they hold a record in the Guinness Book of records for having skied the most vertical feet. Christof and Britta come to New Zealand every winter and while in the past they have sampled other heliski operations for the past decade they have stuck with the one they claim as the being the best!
It is fair to say that at 88 years old Christof has slowed down these days and likes to stick to the easier terrain. Back in his 60s Christof and Britta were famous for making the perfect powder 8 turns where ever they went. Britta claims that skiing is an addiction for them so whenever they get the chance they are off from their home town of Mondsee in Austria to where ever in the world there is powder snow. In the past this included Russia, Canada, India, Greenland and New Zealand with the coupe travelling the globe and skiing continuously for weeks on end. Married now for 54 years this is the couples passion and they plan to continue doing this together for as long as they can. Alpine Guides is happy to continue guiding Christof despite the extra care and attention required in taking someone that is arguably getting on in years out into the mountain environment. Christof and Britta understand the limitations and ski in their own private group now with two guides to assist them. They claim it’s what keeps them going and while their age presents a challenge for us when conditions are right we are happy to make it work for them.