Southern Alps Guiding offers exclusive and sole landing rights on the ridge tops of the Tasman Glacier.
Heli-Ski Adventures in the majestic playground of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and beyond.
Exhilarating and fun skiing or boarding.
Spectacular Helicopter flights through the Southern Alps
Highest exclusive landings at the top of the Tasman Glacier - Just below 3000m
4 Big Glacier runs
Family ski days available.
Fat skis available for hire
A bucket list trip that must be done
Owner and Chief Guide Charlie Hobbs is one of New Zealand’s most experienced mountain and ski guides with over 38 years of guiding. He is an internationally qualified IFMGA/UIAGM guide. Charlie will guide guests through these areas of glaciated terrain and icefalls, crevasses and ice canyons with your safety his first priority. He knows the area like "the back of his hand" and will give you a day of great adventure and skiing.
Map showing our Exclusive Runs in the upper Tasman Glacier Region - Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
TASMAN GLACIER Heli-Ski RUNS
Costs for Glacier Heli-Skiing and Tasman Glacier Heli-Skiing include: helicopter rides, guide fees, packed lunch, safety equipment, all DOC permits and landing fees and GST.
Our other permitted areas outside the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park include:
The Hopkins Valley and the Two Thumb Ranges offers wilderness skiing along the Main Divide.
The Black Hills in the Ruataniwha Consevation Area offers great intermediate Heli-Ski runs for first timers.
These Heli-Ski areas offer vast hectares of skiing terrain with some landing sites above 2500m
Prices on application
You Ski/Board the blue runs, only sometimes go off piste, have little or no powder experience and Ski/Board up to 10 days per season.
You Ski/Board the blue runs and some easier black runs, sometimes go off piste in good conditions, have some powder experience and Ski/ Board 10-20 days per season.
You mainly Ski/Board black runs, go off piste most of the time, have many days of powder experience and Ski/Board over 20 days per season.
You always Ski/Board black and double black runs, mostly Ski/Board off piste, and are an accomplished powder and “all snow condition” Skier/Boarder. You Ski/Board 40 days plus per season.
Available for those that want their own private trips with friends or family.
Private Charter pricing is based on a fixed-rate for helicopter flying time used.
You are charged only when the collective is up and the helicopter is flying - not when it's parked.
Groups of 4 per helicopter, offer the best economy for the group.
Weight restrictions apply on each load.
Cost includes helicopter flights, guide fees, safety equipment, DOC permit fees and GST
“Southern Alps Guiding Ltd works with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to ensure that our impact on New Zealand's National Parks and reserves is minimal. We are an approved concession holder, ensuring that your visit with us to conservation lands adheres to best practice and contributes to the management of these protected areas”
When is the best time to go Heliskiing?
The heliski season starts 1 July, and continues through to October 31.
The earlier part of the season has colder, clearer conditions while the latter part of the season usually enjoys a great snow base and ongoing snowfalls.
Do I need powder skis?
Specialty powder skis makes your heli-day that much more enjoyable. If you don’t have your own equipment - hiring is a popular option and easily co-ordinated.
We have hire gear available.
How long are the runs?
Run length varies depending on terrain and conditions (the average run would measure approximately 1000m vertical metres!!!).
What should I wear?
Dress as you would for a cold day at the resort (windproof jacket and pants, warm gloves, sunglasses or goggles and sunscreen).
You don’t need to ski/ride with a backpack.
What about safety equipment?
All clients are provided with avalanche safety beacons and instructed on their use. Our guides will carry all other safety equipment.
You'll be required to sign a Waiver Form and the Hazard Disclosure Form.
UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS – HAZARD DISCLOSURE FORM
I am aware that participating in the mountain, alpine, sub alpine and skiing activities offered by Southern Alps Guiding Limited (SAG) or Aoraki Mt Cook Guiding Limited (AMCG) can be hazardous if they are not conducted with care, control and responsibility. I acknowledge that these risks could result in my injury (physical or mental) or even death.
I accept that this activity inherently involves risks and potential hazards. The risks and hazards include, but are not limited to:
1 Aircraft malfunction
2 Snow and/or ice or rock avalanches
4 Mixed snow conditions (crust, powder, ice, wet)
5 Shallow snowpack with hidden rocks
6 Burial by avalanche
7 Crevasse fall due to snow bridge failure
8 Crevasse fall due to skiing outside the guides safety directions
9 Suffocation due to burial in an avalanche
10 Trauma due to avalanche involvement
11 Trauma due to impact with rocks above or below the snow
12 Trauma due to poor skiing technique by myself
I have informed the staff of SAG and AMCG (or will, prior to undertaking the activity) of any medical conditions, previous injuries and any medication I am currently taking which may affect my ability to undertake the activity.
I confirm I am physically fit and able to participate in the activities and I have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical person.
I consent to receive any medical treatment that may be deemed necessary by SAG or AMCG in the event of injury, accident or illness while undertaking the activities.
I understand it is my responsibility to disclose any conditions (health or otherwise) that may affect the safety and enjoyment of myself and those around me.
Conditions of participating in activity
• I agree to participate in activities with care, and obey the rules set out by and instructions given by the guide (or a representative of SAG or AMCG), at all times.
• I accept that if I do not adhere to the instructions and rules, or if I act dangerously, recklessly or in a way that might endanger myself or others, SAG or AMCG may remove me from the activity. If this occurs, I acknowledge I will not receive a refund.
• I accept that SAG or AMCG reserves the right to cancel this activity if it becomes concerned for my safety, or the safety of another person.
• I agree to wear appropriate clothing and use/wear all safety clothing and equipment (as required by the guide) at all times when participating.
Limited Liability of SAG or AMCG
• I understand that if I act recklessly or intentionally, and don’t follow the rules or instructions set out by SAG or AMCG and the guide, which I have been made aware of, SAG or AMCG will not be held responsible for any injury, damage or loss I cause to myself/my property, or another person/their property, resulting from my action (or lack of action).
This Risk Disclosure has been developed by Southern Alps Guiding Limited and Aoraki Mt Cook Guiding Limited.
Liability of landowner
• I agree that the owner(s) of the land on which the activity is conducted will not be held responsible for any death, injury, misadventure, damage to or loss of property caused in whole or part by these activities.
Damage to property or equipment
• In the event that I damage any of the clothing or equipment, or other property owned by SAG or AMCG or a landowner, I agree to pay to SAG or AMCG (or the landowner) all costs associated with repairing the damage.
• I confirm I am not under the influence of intoxicating alcohol or drugs (be they legal or illegal) which may in any way impair my ability to undertake the activity.
• I give SAG or AMCG permission to send me emails and/or post relating to SAG or AMCG events and promotions, as well as the right to use all photos and videos of me taken during the activity for promotional and social media purposes.
I agree that by signing this ‘Understanding the Risks form’:
1. I accept there are inherent risks and hazards associated with participating in the activity and I understand what these risks are (including serious harm and death);
2. I am physically and mentally fit to participate and there is nothing I am aware of that will affect my ability to safely participate, or impact the safety of other participants.
3. I wish to proceed with the activity at my own risk.
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