Heli Skiing in New Zealand
Spanning 8 separate mountain ranges in New Zealand with in excess of 400 heli ski runs provides you with access to 1000′s of hectares of exceptional bowls, snowy ridges and powder basins for your heli skiing and riding pleasure.
Blizzard Skiing terrain is split into the northern region and southern region. The southern region covers all the main mountain ranges surrounding Queenstown and Wanaka. Blizzard Skiing Northern region spans several ranges near Mt Cook, this region has a multitude of runs in excess of 1200m making these some of the longest heliski runs in New Zealand.
Throughout our vast terrain 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
Terrain For All Abilities
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.
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.