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UPDATED Mt Hutt - Heli Ski recommendations?

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Fest, May 29, 2012.

  1. Fest

    Fest Hard Yards

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    OK, so I'm planning a Mount Hutt trip for later this year. The plan is to go for about a week and hopefully do some heli skiing. I'm prepared to lose a day or so to bad weather and I'm sure we can find a winery or go for a drive on the day(s) off.

    Now, I always have awful luck with snowfall. 7 years in the sport I've had 2 x New Zealand trips mid August with no snowfall, 1 x Niseko trip with 1 powder day of 10 on mountain, and we were unlucky enough to go to Lake Tahoe in Early feb this year which was a huge disappointment. This may be my last trip for a while so I want to maximise my chances... if I get a couple of good days I'll be happy.

    While I don't have to actually buy tickets at any specific time, I do have to make the call on a late July (to early august) or early September... what do the wise forum people think is the best option?

     
  2. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Either should work pretty well. August is peak so you shouldn't have any problems booking something late for either of those. Powder more likely for July, more spring skiing but still good chance of powder in September.

    You can probably wait for a while yet before you need to book anything. See how the season is looking early July and make a call then if possible.
     
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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Fest, it sounds like you should stay away from NZ. Don't want your bad luck to kill the season. ;-)

    Seriously, if I had to choose, I'd go for a July trip as you are much more likely to get better snow.
     
  4. Fest

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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Yeah, I could wait until early July... I'm just worried about a low snow base meaning not enough terrain is open. At Tahoe only about 1/4 of the mountain was available while we were there. Is late July ok for Heli skiing?
     
  5. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Late July is normally good for heli. Even on the few occasions when the ski areas sometimes struggle to build up a snow base by then to cater for ski traffic, there will be always be areas available for heli.
     
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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    When there's a nice snowfall I just go. Book whatever I can and just go.
     
  7. Fest

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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Hey, that's great for you! I don't have that option unfortunately.
    Further developments put the options at Late July or Mid September... which I'm thinking will mean that the late July is the better of the two.
     
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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Well it's mainly just the NSW resorts where I live, and for 1-2 nights sometimes in my car [​IMG]
     
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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    I will back Telestrom and Heinz.
    Late July better chance of powder than early September.
    Mt Hutt have snowmaking, they will manage a reasonable base by late July unless exceptionally bad conditions.
    Much more likely good snow on field then.
    And Heli-Ski will find you great snow pretty much any time, but I'd still favour July over September for pow.
     
  10. Fest

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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Ok Late July it is.
    Thanks very much for the advice.

    Next question, is there a recommended Heli Ski operator at Mount Hutt?

    Also is it worth it/feasible to get out to a club field for a day if we're staying in Methven?

     
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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Definitely worth going to one of the club fields. James will be along soon to evangelise about Broken River [​IMG]
     
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  12. Heinz

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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Can't speak from experience here but from what I have heard / read there is an operator out of Mt Hutt - funnily enough called Mt Hutt heliski - which I think are more for half day or day trips from Mt. Hutt itself.

    If you are more serious though there have been good reports (inc Carveman) about Methven heliski who have quite extensive terrain in the region and run a very good operation.
     
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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Methven Heli, or Wilderness out of Mt Cook.
     
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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Have done Wilderness, awsome day.
     
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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Have done Methven Heli and can highly recommend, even when Hutt is poor or average, as the terrain to chose from out the back is high altitude and immense. Top guides too!

    Last 6 years living in EnZed, I have had a Season pass at "Howz-Yuh-Papa" (Whakapapa/Mt Ruapehu) and although they need abit more to get the whole show going, top to bottom due to being a rocky volcano, they have had the largest snowfall of all, consistently, (One 3+metre season and 2 "SnoVembers" to remember!) with Public ski-field options both Northside and South (Whakapapa, Turoa) and a club field on the East you often need to dig into! (Tukino).

    Often overlooked, but has the goods!

    Sorry for throwing a spanner in the works possibly. :)
     
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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    Yes absolutely. Methven Heli is very different to Mt Hutt Heli. I have done two days at Methven Heli & can honestly say they aboslutely exceeded our expectations and we were totally stoked.

    http://aussieskier.com/category/travel/trip-reports/new-zealand-club-fields-heli-2010/
     
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  17. Fest

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    Re: Mt Hutt - Late July or Early September?

    OK that's some great info - I'll get in contact with Methven Heli... fingers crossed they do agent rates [​IMG]
     
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