Safety

An injury free day is a perfect day and Mt Mangaweka Heli Park takes all necessary steps to ensure your safety. We operate in terrain that demands planning and preparation. Mt Mangaweka Heli Park will always reserve the right to postpone or withdraw a planned expedition should there be any unmanageable risk to any participant.

Guides. Every expedition will be accompanied by a minimum of 2 guides. The head guide holds Avalanche Safety Management Stage 2 training and qualification recognised by the Mountain Council of Safety and subsequent guides hold at least a qualification of Avalanche Safety Management Stage 1.

Ability. For an enjoyable and safe day you need to be an Intermediate to Advanced skier or snowboarder. Should you think that your skill level might not quite make the cut, contact Mt Mangaweka Heli Park to discuss alternative options.

Waiver. You will need to complete a Waiver before you leave base. They are available on arrival at the Mt Mangaweka Heli Park/ Teone Farm.

Helicopter: Mt Mangaweka Heli Park operation in conjunction with Rangitikei Helicopters Ltd flying a McDonnell Douglas 520 Notar Helicopter. Simon Werthmuller from Rangitikei Helicopters Ltd is our pilot.

Pilots. Simon has extensive local knowledge and experience flying in the Ruahine State Forest Park.

Snow report and weather: Mt Mangaweka Heli Park follows weather forecasts closely. Our guides are trained in avalanche hazard evaluation and snow conditions. We only fly when the conditions are safe and the intended terrain is assessed before we leave base.

Equipment: You will need to bring all your ski and snowboarding equipment (soft and hardware). All safety equipment is provided.