Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Alpine Helicopter pilot Toby Wallis leaves a group of
heli-skiers in the powder on Mt Alpha, in the Buchanan Range,
earlier this week. Mt Aspiring is in the background.
Despite difficult conditions in the early part of the winter,
heli-ski companies report a "strong" August and September.
Harris Mountains Heli-skiing operations manager Roger
Kingston said heli-skiing was likely to continue for a week
or so in October, depending on demand.
Alpine Group general manager Jonathan Wallis said direct
flights between Australia and Queenstown were of great
benefit to the heli-ski industry, with Australians able to
decide on a Thursday to spend the weekend skiing in New