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Methven Heliski

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Overview

If you're looking for skiing or snowboarding action in New Zealand's South Island, look no further than Methven Heliski's Heli Skiing and Heli-Snowboarding Adventures. Just 2 hours from Christchurch makes these highly accessible options. We ride and ski the magnificent glaciated mountain range of the Arrowsmiths which run parallel to the Main Divide of the Southern Alps.


Standard Methven Heliski: The "Perfect" 5-Run Day

The standard Methven Heliski day in New Zealand's Arrowsmiths is anything but ordinary... The "Perfect" heli ski package includes 5 runs, averaging 750-1,000 vertical metre drops.

We have exclusive access to our amazing territory in the Arrowsmith and Ragged Ranges. Our focus is on safety, great service, and small group sizes.

  • 3 mountain ranges
  • Over 250 named runs 
  • Heliski terrain for intermediate thru expert skiers and riders
  • “In your face” views along the Southern Alps to Mount Cook
  • View the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea (both coasts of NZ's South Island) from the top of at least 2 runs

Extra runs are flexible and low-cost. Great if you want to maximise your vertical. Enquire when booking.


When is the best time to Heliski at Methven?

Methven Heliski operates daily from 01 July through to 30 September (weather permitting).

The weather becomes colder with a more powder days from July to the middle of August. You can expect to enjoy spring weatehr and corn snow after the middle of August.


Ability Required – Can I Heliski?

Methven Heliskiing is suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders, or those with previous off-piste experience. We have 4 roughly defined 'ability' levels. A good level of fitness, confidence, and a "go for it" attitude are all important.

Where do you fit in?

Level 1 Heliskier

  • Confident in riding or skiing Blue Runs at ski areas
  • Possibly has no past experience with heliskiing
  • Possibly has no past experience with powder snow 

Level 2 Heliskier

  • Confident in riding or skiing Black Runs at ski areas
  • Has some past experience with heliskiing in intermediate terrain
  • Possibly has no past experience with powder snow

Level 3 Heliskier

  • May not have heliskiing experience
  • Able to ride or ski Double Black runs at ski areas in powder snowboarder
  • Experienced heliskiers will ride or ski between 5 and 10 (800 metre) runs per day

Level 4 Heliskier

  • Able to ride or ski any terrain
  • Highly experienced in heliskiing. Usually rides 10 or more (1,000 metre) runs per day
  • Can ride/ski any terrain

What do I need to bring?

Your own ski or board equipment. Alpine skis, telemark skis, or snowboards are all welcome. Ride on whatever you are most comfortable with. Rental equipment can be hired in Methven.

  • Warm clothing - a windproof jacket and pants, warm gloves
  • Goggles or sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Don’t forget your camera. This will be an experience to remember

 Accommodation in Methven

There are a number of accommodation options in Methven and nearby.

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Methven Heliski Schedule

The schedule for a standard day is as follows. Note that these times are estimates and not necessarily precise:

  • 07:00 - 07:20 Make the final decision to operate. We contact guests and advise of the weather conditions, snow conditions as well as the schedule for the day.
  • 07:45 Begin collecting guests based in Methven before return to our office on Main Street for registration and payment.
  • 08:30 Leave for the helipad at Glenfalloch Station
  • 09:30 Safety briefing, and avalanche transceivers issued
  • 09:50 Helicopters depart
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 First helicopter loads return to Glenfalloch
  • 16:00 Return to Methven
  • 17:00 Dropped off back at your accommodation

Cost per person

1 July 2019 - 30 September 2019

  • Standard 5 Run Day: NZ$1,110
  • Extra Runs: NZ$110

Maximum of 5 people per guide - you will be grouped according to your ability. Your guide will select the terrain best suited to your group.

We only have limited spaces available so please book in advance to avoid any disappointment.

Methven Heliski Schedule

The schedule for a standard day is as follows. Note that these times are estimates and not necessarily precise:

  • 07:00 - 07:20 Make the final decision to operate. We contact guests and advise of the weather conditions, snow conditions as well as the schedule for the day.
  • 07:45 Begin collecting guests based in Methven before return to our office on Main Street for registration and payment.
  • 08:30 Leave for the helipad at Glenfalloch Station
  • 09:30 Safety briefing, and avalanche transceivers issued
  • 09:50 Helicopters depart
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 First helicopter loads return to Glenfalloch
  • 16:00 Return to Methven
  • 17:00 Dropped off back at your accommodation

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