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Forming the backbone of the South Island, the Southern Alps of New Zealand are paradise for those seeking heliskiing adventure and adrenaline. From ancient glaciers to acres of pristine, untouched powder, these are the mountains you’ve been dreaming of.
Taking off in your private helicopter, begin the day by soaring over sparkling lakes and lush valleys in search of the perfect run. As you land on the ridge of your dreams, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world – literally!
Take a breath, soak it all in and prepare yourself for one of the most incredible experiences. Step into your skis and edge the tips over the lip before slicing through untouched powder mile after glorious mile.
The views are incredible, but that’s not even the best bit…You’re about to touch down on virgin powder, to ski utterly remote and otherwise inaccessible slopes.
An internationally-trained instructor, your private guide for the day, directs your pilot to the terrain that suits your skill level and style. There is a huge variety of peaks, basins and bowls available – the Southern Alps wilderness encompasses 11 mountain ranges and over 600 runs. Runs stretch up to 3 kilometres, with vertical drops reaching 1,200 vertical meters.
Skiiers and snowboarders love the long runs and dry powder snow that Clarke Glacier, near Queenstown, consistently delivers. Accessible only by helicopter. Image thanks to Glacier Southern Lakes. No tow queues, no crowds… just you and your small group, exploring the highest peaks of the mighty Southern Alps, on the most pristine, untouched fresh powder.
And then a break for lunch – perhaps a gourmet picnic on the peak of a mountain, as you replay the morning’s incredible runs and look forward to even bigger vertical drops and more fresh powder in the afternoon.
Heading back to your lodge or hotel for the evening, re-live the memories and the thrills while relaxing in your private outdoor hot tub. Either, dine in style with canapes followed by a three-course gourmet dinner or head out to the vibrant resort town of Queenstown to reward yourself. Each itinerary is curated to your exact requests and ski level in order to provide you with that perfect, one-of-a-kind experience.
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