Safety

Alpine Heliski Ltd is a registered Adventure Activity Operator pursuant to Regulation 6(1) of the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011.

Guides, Pilots & Helicopters

All guests are provided with avalanche safety beacons and instructed in their use. Our Guides will carry all other safety equipment.
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Guides

Alpine Heliski guides are chosen for a wide range of skills. Not only must they hold professional industry qualifications, they must also be highly experienced (locally and internationally), personable and most importantly be able to deliver an excellent heli-day to all abilities of skiers and boarders. Our guides are certified to NZ industry standards. All senior guides are level 2 avalanche certified; this is the highest avalanche certification available in NZ and is only achieved after many years of field training and study. Our Guiding Director position is held by a NZMGA fully certified ski guide. This qualification is the highest Heli-Ski guide qualification available in NZ.

Every winter all guides attend our pre-season training program.
This program covers:

  • Crevasse rescue
  • Avalanche Transceiver searching
  • Avalanche Rescue
  • Ski guiding techniques
  • Snow safety
  • Route selection
  • Helicopter loading certificate
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Radio Communications
  • Emergency snow shelters
  • Safety briefings
  • First Aid

Snow Safety

Alpine Heliski has developed a comprehensive snow and avalanche management system. This includes procedures for collecting weather and snow information, evaluating snowpack stability, assessing hazards in the terrain, and determining our daily skiing program. Observations are also exchanged between highways departments and ski areas in Queenstown and Wanaka.
All guests are provided with avalanche safety beacons and instructed in their use.

Pilots

All of our pilots have extensive hours of flying in local conditions and are highly skilled and experienced in winter mountain operations. They hold a New Zealand Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence and are regularly subjected to stringent performance checks to meet New Zealand CAA Part 135 requirements. These are specific to specialised techniques required for alpine flying.

Helicopters

Alpine Heliski only use high performance AS350BA/B2/B3 Squirrel and Hughes 500E helicopters, these models are powerful, light and maneuverable making them ideally suited to NZ mountain flying conditions. Helicopter maintenance facilities are inspected and approved by the NZ Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). All maintenance procedures comply with international civil aviation safety standards.

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