Mount Alta Heli-Drop Ski Tour

On 22 August 2017, Dave and Mike Lundin invited me along to fill a spot on a heli-drop ski tour of Mount Alta, located opposite Treble Cone ski and Aspiring Heli’s airport, making the flight an affordable $166/each for the five of us.

Dave met the heli and the airport and Mike, myself and the two others drove to the base of Mount Alta through a farm on west wanaka road. A short while later and Dave and the helicopter were there to pick us up from amongst the cows for a day of powder skiing.

Waiting for a heli-pickup with the Cows
Dave Lundin in his favourite seat

Arriving at the drop-off near the summit of Mt Alta, we had some temporary visitors from the Harris Mountain Heliskiing crew who skied a nice powder line and quickly flew off to somewhere else. The snow was nice, dry, winter powder – totally different from what I’ve been skiing lately in NZ!

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The heli-drop made for an easy day of skiing around the peaks of Mount Alta back towards the farm, need to do this more often – easy access, good skiing, less bushwacking!

Joel dropping in with a little bit of a crust underneath
Great views all day with an easy walk down a farm track back to our cars.
Total distance: 19.64 km
Total climbing: 2122 m
Total descent: -4101 m
Total Time: 06:17:56