Queenstown & Wanaka
The Free Ride format allows you to choose how fast, how many and which lines you take. We look after your overall safety for the day, however you are free to plan your own day within the Free Ride location. Ideal for photo/film shoots, skiers/boarders wanting max heli runs or for those just wanting a few runs and lunch in the mountains. Free Ride heli skiing is suitable for all ability levels as you control the pace and number of runs. Bookings are confirmed for both the Saturday and Sunday depending on weather. Blizzard Skiing will choose the best operating day.
Heli Pass is $425, this includes return flights into Free Ride location, first run and mountain lunch, additional runs are $85 each
Free Ride Heli Skiing Packages
5 person group
- Return flights
- First run
- Delicious gourmet lunch
- Additional runs $85 each
Full Day Tour
5 person group
- Additional run
- Drop off
- Pick up
- Extra smiles
Full Day Tour
We cater for all abilities
Know your ability
HELI Level 1
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.
HELI Level 2
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.
HELI Level 3
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.
HELI Level 4
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Snowboards have a wide base this allows them to perform very well in off piste conditions and deep powder snow. We recommend you use the snowboard that you normally use at the ski area. As with powder skis, you don’t have to own your own board to heli-ride, we can arrange hire powder board.
Between 7.45-8.15am we call you at your accommodation to confirm the days operation and provide you with a pickup time approximately 8.45-9.15am. Guests are then transported either to the staging area or directly to the airport if you have booked the fly/fly option.
At the airport or staging area we provide a full safety briefing covering avalanche and helicopter safety. We now fly into the mountains and commence your day’s heliskiing/boarding. After several heli skiing runs we select a scenic mountain top location for our sumptuous gourmet lunch.
After lunch you continue to ski/ride the remainder of your runs or upgrade with extra runs and continue skiing/riding all afternoon. At the end of the day you are transported back to your accommodation and we return any rental equipment you hired.
Heli Skiing Terrain
Heli Skiing Terrain in New Zealand
Heli skiing in New Zealand spans across 8 separate mountain ranges with in excess of 400 heli ski runs and provides you with access to 1000′s of hectares of exceptional bowls, snowy ridges and powder basins for your skiing and riding pleasure.
Our Heli Skiing terrain in New Zealands, South Island is split into the northern region and southern region. The southern region covers all the main mountain ranges surrounding Queenstown and Wanaka. Our Northern region spans several ranges near Mt Cook, this region has a multitude of heli skiing runs in excess of 1200m making these some of the longest heliski runs in New Zealand.
Throughout our vast Heli Skiing terrain in New Zealand each mountain range is affected differently by prevailing snow and weather conditions. It is these variations that allow us to customise your heli-day to suit your skill & experience level, minimise your risk, and maximise your powder adventure! Several of our best skiing / riding locations are deep in the backcountry it is our goal to take you to the best possible snow on any given day.
Heli Skiing Saftey
Blizzard Skiing uses only the best heli skiing guides. Guides are chosen for a wide range of skills. Not only must they hold professional industry
qualifications, they must also be highly experienced (locally and internationally), personable and most importantly
be able to deliver an excellent heli-day to all abilities of skiers and boarders. Our guides are certified to NZ industry
standards. All senior guides are level 2 avalanche certified; this is the highest avalanche certification available
in NZ and is only achieved after many years of field training and study. Our Guiding Director position is held by a
NZMGA fully certified ski guide. This qualification is the highest Heli-Ski guide qualification available in NZ.
Every winter all guides attend our pre-season training program.
This program covers:
- Crevasse rescue
- Avalanche Transceiver searching
- Avalanche Rescue
- Ski guiding techniques
- Snow safety
- Route selection
- Helicopter loading certificate
- Emergency Procedures
- Radio Communications
- Emergency snow shelters
- Safety briefings
- First Aid
procedures for collecting weather and snow information, evaluating snowpack stability, assessing hazards in
the terrain, and determining our daily skiing program. Observations are also exchanged between highways
departments and ski areas in Queenstown and Wanaka.
All guests are provided with avalanche safety beacons and instructed in their use.
mountain operations. They hold a New Zealand Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence and are regularly subjected to
stringent performance checks to meet New Zealand CAA Part 135 requirements. These are specific to specialised
techniques required for alpine flying.
models are powerful, light and maneuverable making them ideally suited to NZ mountain flying conditions. Helicopter
maintenance facilities are inspected and approved by the NZ Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). All maintenance
procedures comply with international civil aviation safety standards.