Operating since 1986 Methven Heliski is a fantastic heliski business that attracts people from all over the world. Guests come back year after year to ski the three big Mountains ranges that surround their high country heli base at Glenfalloch Station. Big names like “Burton Snowboards” book return each year to film their riders with next year’s equipment amongst the spectacular drops of the Southern Alps. Other film crews compete for space!
Space is what they have plenty of with over 250 named runs throughout their permit area! Groups disappear from their helipad base at Glenfalloch Station into the mountains only meeting up for a superb lunch or drinks back at the farm at the end of the day! High country accommodation is now available at their remote helipads at Lake Heron and Glenfalloch Station and the standard compliments their operation.
Their terrain is remote and spectacular, with many glaciated runs. From a number of peaks skiers can gaze at views of both the Pacific Ocean in the East, and the Tasman Sea in the West - before skiing runs exceeding 1000 vertical meters. All their terrain is high-alpine. However, due to the nature of the NZ snow pack they generally ski (with safety) steeper alpine terrain than areas with a more continental climate. The glaciers also provide excellent terrain with dramatic scenery for intermediate skiers.
Methven Heliski director Kevin Boekholt is also a lead guide for CMH heliskiing in BC Canada and operates a heliski operation on the East Coast of Greenland in the shoulder seasons. Comparing operations Kevin's standard answer is "NZ stands out for it's great alpine terrain with variety from easy glacier runs to big mountain skiing" On the doorstep for Australians it is a great chance to get started on what can become a" heliski" obsession!