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.
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!
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!
Total climbing: 2122 m
Total descent: -4101 m
Total Time: 06:17:56