From June to October, Queenstown kicks it up another notch with 6 ski fields to choose from within a 90-minute drive. There are 5 local ski fields (Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone, Cardrona and Ohau) as well as a brand new one for 2015, Soho Basin. Off the mountain, this friendly resort town features a vibrant restaurant and bar scene for après ski and no shortage of adventure activities for down days.
Figuring out where to find the best snow and choosing suitable terrain is second nature to me after starting up and running two heli-ski operations in Canterbury for a decade. Since moving to Queenstown a few years ago, I’ve been ski patrolling at Coronet Peak and the Remarkables and putting lots of mileage on my skis at the other local fields (read more about Mark). So feel free to contact me with any questions if you’re thinking of coming to enjoy some of the best skiing on the Southern hemisphere!
The secret to having an amazing heli-ski or heli-boarding experience is waiting patiently for the weather gods to play ball and then making sure you’ll be taken to the right place to suit your ability and the conditions. Sounds simple? It’s not. But James Hamilton at Southern Lakes Heliski will look after you, there’s no better guide out there to heli ski with. If you can afford it, private charters are absolutely worth it to go where you want for as long as you want.
Mark: You can’t beat waking up to ski fresh powder – it’s still like Christmas morning as a child for me.