K@os said:Sara - dont be put off by Southern Lakes. The year I did heli with them Avi risk was EXTREME, so terrain was limited. 2009 - 3 Australian buried, 1 died. the week we were there someone died on the way down from Coronet Peak in an avi....one of the Southern Lakes guides was 1st onsite to help dig him out. The grouyp that went over to Wanaka said they set off several avis - most of them remotely thankfully.....so the risk was very real that year. The guide we were with was an older guy who has been doing the gig for al ong time and knows his stuff - you can be 100% confident in his abilities.
There was high winds the days before and the day we went out the sun didnt come out at all, leaving the area we were in very icey, with the exception one of the lower runs. I certainly dont blame the guides for getting it wrong.
All I can say is try to get in with the group that go to their area around Wanaka. Have faith that you will be looked after if you find yourself having an absolutely terrible day. Personally I think my experience was a good one due to the refund we received - there is never a 100% guarantee that you will get powder, no matter how the marketing guys sell it to you.
Thanks Kaos, I really don't know much about heli and BC yet, but loving off piste and being bored with groomers, I really want to get into it. I am sure they all know their stuff, just trying to get all possible info before spending my money
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