Photo by Jamie Robertson

Helicamp | 4-5 day touring, Mount Cook Region

Leave the rope and harness behind on Alpine Guides Helicamps. Explore the fantastic back country terrain of the Liebig Range at Mount Cook, usually only accessible with Wilderness Heliskiing.

Light-weight touring in exclusive big mountain terrain

Helicamps are camping and ski/snowboard touring with light packs. We helicopter in and out from our base site of choice, maximing touring time, and going light on weight.

Campsites are cozy expedition-style tent camps, backed up with snowcaves (or a mountain hut). The campsite locations are stunning high-altitude ridge crests. Wake up to fiery sunrises, before skiing/riding untamed big mountain terrain - usually only visited by heliskiers.

The Liebig Range - Mount Cook Region.

The Liebig Range sits just east of Mount Cook and the Main Divide.The Liebigs feature extensive valley systems, with mellow to steep runs across all aspects. They offer great options for touring in nearly all weather and snow conditions.

Join a scheduled tour - or arrange a private Helicamp

  • Scheduled Helicamps are ideal for individuals to join. They run to set dates through September and October. Scheduled Helicamps are for skiers or experienced splt-boarders.
  • Private Helicamps are perfect for 2 or more, skiers, snowboarders or mixed groups. We arrange private Helicamps based on your preferred dates. Advance bookings are essential.

Cass Valley Dreaming...

The NZ Snowboarder crew joined us for a Helicamp in Sept 2013. Guide Ben Taylor took the guys out, and they decided to throw in a couple of extra heliski lines on the way in....

"Probably the best snowboarding I’ve ever done in New Zealand, good times!” – Stef Zeestraten

Download the article - with fantastic images -here (2Mb .pdf).

Camp site high in the Liebig Range. Photo by Jamie Robertson.

Helicamp season: September thru mid-October

Helicamps operate in spring. Spring touring offers:

  • Longer daylight hours, for extended touring
  • Better snow cover
  • Better snow stability
Cass Valley. Photo by Ben Taylor.

Experience required:

  • High level of aerobic fitness
  • Strong-intermediate (or better) skier/snowboarders

AGL Skill Check

Difficulty (can be varied with experience)
11111

Endurance (can be varied with experience)
11111

Season: Spring (September to mid-October)

Trip Type: Ski Touring

Length: 4 or 5 days

Max Guide/Participant Ratio: 1:4

Maximum of 4 participants

 

Option1: Join a scheduled Helicamp

Price NZ$2,100 per person

 

2014 Scheduled Helicamp Dates

For skiers or experienced split-boarders

Course Dates Spaces
HC1 Aug/Sept 29-01 Full
HC2 Sept 05-08 Full
HC3 Sept 12-15 Full
HC4 Sept 19-22 Full

Definitions:

  • Open - free to book.
  • Limited - Please check before booking (may fill quickly).
  • One only/2 only = one or 2 spaces remain. Phone us to secure your place.
  • Closed - course no longer available.

Option 2: arrange a Private Helicamp

Skiers, snowboarders, or mixed groups.

Group Size 4 days 5 days
1 person $3,500 $4,275
2 people $2,200 $2,600
3 people $1,900 $2,250
4 people $1,650 $1,850

All prices are per-person, in New Zealand Dollars

Cost (private and scheduled) Includes:

  • All meals and snacks
  • Local transport
  • Local accommodation and camping
  • Helicopter flights in/out
  • Free use of some technical gear
  • Alpine Guides Technical Manual ›
  • 1 day weather contingency

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