Average depth of 475cm
Ovewr 60cm of new snow on the glaciers
Last snowfall was 60cm on Mon, 14th Aug
TASMAN GLACIER HELI SKIING: WITH SOUTHERN ALPS GUIDING EXCLUSIVE HELI SKI TERRAIN AND LANDINGS IN THE AORAKI MT COOK NATIONAL PARK. TASMAN GLACIER HELI-SKIING; AORAKI MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK. Southern Alps Guiding offers remote wilderness heli ski adventures in the majestic playground of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and beyond. Our concessions allow us to heli-ski in some of the most beautiful and spectacular glacier terrain in New Zealand. We exclusive use of the whole head of the Tasman Glacier and Darwin Bowls region. The vertical terrain is enormous and the runs are from 5 to 15 kilometres long! Our heli-skiing, located on New Zealands longest and largest glaciers, is a world of breathtaking beauty and spectacular scenery. Our helicopter landing sites are located in some of the highest areas of the Southern Alps inside the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Owner and Chief Guide Charlie Hobbs is one of New Zealand's most experienced mountain and ski guides. He is an internationally qualified IFMGA/UIAGM guide. Charlie will guide guests through these areas of glaciated terrain and enormous 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. Tasman Glacier Heli Ski areas include: The Upper Tasman Glacier Region: Hochstetter Shoulder 2635m (8645ft) 1135 vertical metres. Run lengths 10-12km Aylmer Col 2628m (8622ft). Run lengths 10-12km The Murchison Glacier: Aylmer Col - Tasman Saddle/Headwall 2628m (7988ft) 1275 veritcal metres. Run length 10km The Mannering Glacier: Via Taman Saddle and Starvation Saddle 2210m (7251ft). Run length 5km Darwin Glacier Bowls: 2327m (7634ft) 850 vertical metres. Run lengths 5.5km 2346m (7697ft) and run length 6km Richardson Glacier at 2100m, (just outside the park). Run length of 5.5km. We also Heli Ski the Hopkins Range and The Black Hills in the Ruataniwha Park. The Black Hills is great for intermediate boarders and skiers. Heli Ski prices are based on a minimum of 4 guests per load (we can take up 5 to depending on overall weight). 4 run Tasman Glacier Heli Day = $1150pp. Level Heli 2 and 3
About Glacier Heliskiing
Welcome to the magic of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. There are some fantastic adventures to have here. Call in and see us at the Old Mountaineers next door to the DOC visitors centre.
We heliski in some of the most spectacular alpine terrain in NZ. The Ben Ohau Range, just outside the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, offers some of the longest vertical skiing in NZ.
Charlie and Mary Hobbs
YOU CAN HELISKI!
Our guides are happy to help improve your skiing or boarding standard, and can offer tips on soft snow technique which even expert piste skiers will find valuable. Standard downhill carver skis and boards are used. Warm, windproof clothing, with good gloves, sunglasses and hat are essential. You ski or board in a very high alpine region, so warm clothing is of prime importance.
If you can ski, you can heli-ski Ideally if you are a strong intermediate skier/boarder or better, with a sense of adventure this is recommended. We have exclusive access to extensive terrain in around the Mount Cook area. Easy rolling terrain for powder first timers, wide open bowls and challenging chutes with steep valleys for the more experienced. You'll be part of a small group of led by a guide who is committed to your safety and enjoyment of this alpine environment.
Skiers and boarders should report to our base at the Old Mountaineers Cafe at Aoraki Mt Cook. From here you will receive a full safety briefing on all aspects of the day's operation. The Heliski Director then divides people into small, compatible groups, before flying into the day's first run. Each group is led by their own professional guide during the day. Ask about our private charters.
NOTE: Bookings & confirmations are essential.
Charlie Hobbs - Chief Guide
Director/Owner Old Mountaineers Cafe, Bar & Restaurant,
Glacier Sea Kayaking, Southern Alps Guiding - Tasman Glacier Skiing & Heliskiing.
PO Box 32
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park 7946
Ph: +64 3 4351 890
AH Ph: +64 274 342 277
Fax: +64 3 4351 891