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Ski Selwyn – Feel the Freedom

Ski Selwyn – Feel the Freedom

Located 1.5 - 2 hours drive from Christchurch Airport, the Selwyn 6 cluster of ski fields offers a variety of unique terrain to suit all levels from beginner to advanced.

Mt. Cheeseman

Mt. Cheeseman is the closest club field to Christchurch with a distinctively fun atmosphere for the whole family. It’s great value for money with ski and board instruction on offer, full ski rental facilities, a warm day lodge with a wrap-around deck and a licensed café for everyone to enjoy.

Mt. Cheeseman has both sunny, groomed terrain and challenging off-piste with spectacular views. There is a safe, well-maintained access road that allows you to drive right up to the ski area; so if you’re in a 2WD make sure to carry snow chains. The ski field accommodates those who are brand new to skiing and those who have many years’ experience. The two T-bar lifts provide access to the whole mountain with a learners rope tow in the dedicated learners area. Cheeseman is the only club field in Canterbury where you do not need to ski with a harness or use a nutcracker device.

Accommodation is available at the Snowline Lodge on the mountain or alternatively, Forest Lodge is a self-catered backpacker accommodation option nestled in the forest at the bottom of the access road. Here you’ll find one of Cheeseman’s awesome draw cards – the ice skating rink!

Highlights of Mt. Cheeseman

  • Groomed slopes and full road access to the base area
  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced terrain with some groomed trails
  • Access to the whole mountain without a harness or nutcracker
  • Two T-bars and one learner’s rope tow

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Porters

Porters is the perfect field for family skiing offering a friendly relaxed atmosphere and located only 90 minutes from Christchurch. Learner facilities include the Sunkid carpet lift with an easy link to the Platter lift. Gentle runs combined with easy lifts aim to foster the passion for skiing.

The Easy Rider 4 seat chair lift transports skiers and boarders to the intermediate section of the mountain and provides a link to the 3 T-Bars taking the more experienced to the advanced sections of the mountain. From here skiers and boarders will discover long cruising runs and super challenging terrain. The Porters Terrain Park offers a challenge for the more adventurous, and is a great platform to progress freestyle skills.

Facilities up at Porters include comprehensive ski hire and equipment rental as well as a cosy warm and welcoming cafe serving a range of hot and cold food. Sit back, relax and take-in the views out over the Torlesse Range or warm-up with a glass of mulled wine.

Highlights of Porters

  • Close location to Christchurch - just 99kms away, with an easy access road
  • One of the best intermediate slopes in the country
  • Family orientated with a great range of facilities from beginner to advanced
  • The ski school boasts national and international instructors
  • A warm welcoming cafe

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Craigieburn

Craigieburn is located just over 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch, between Springfield and Arthurs Pass. Craigieburn is a non-profit club field run by passionate members situated at the western end of the Craigieburn Range. For the 2020 season, Craigieburn is closed to the public and open for members only.

Craigieburn is well known for its friendly club atmosphere and environmental practices. The ski area encompasses two large basins which receive snowfall from the easterly storm systems, as well as from the large westerly systems which make it over the main divide. There are no chairlifts on the mountain, but there are three high speed nutcracker rope tows that service the field. The terrain is suited to the intermediate to advanced skier and boarder offering exciting and challenging trails; accessible by an easy traverse from the tow. Bring your own gear, as there are no ski hire facilities up the mountain. There are two lodges available for accommodation at Craigieburn; making it a great option for a ski trip.

Highlights of Craigieburn

  • Relaxed and welcoming club atmosphere
  • Craigieburn has two lodges and can accommodate up to 65 people
  • Offers three high speed nutcracker tows
  • For the experienced, there are many hiking and ski opportunities beyond the patrolled areas

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Temple Basin

Located in the Southern Alps near Arthur's Pass village, Temple Basin has a unique personality and experience to match. It’s a perfect option for those with an adventurous spirit who seek a ski experience outside the norm. There is no access road at the main divide but instead you must walk to get access to the lodge. There is a goods lift available to carry gear making the walk that little bit easier. Once there, you are rewarded with breath-taking views, warm hospitality, and a ski in ski out lodge with rope tow access to peaks on the main divide. There is even the option to try out night skiing!

Temple Basin offers 3 rope tows, 1 that runs at a slower speed for beginners and the other 2 that are faster and steeper. Temple Basin has some of the most challenging terrain out of all the club fields. When you have finished skiing for the day, it is an easy ski right to the lodge’s front door.

Temple Bain is ‘inbounds backcountry’ and is home to The New Zealand Snow Safety Institute (NZSSI) which offers avalanche safety, snowcraft, and mountaineering courses throughout the winter season. Those that enjoy backcountry experiences, the sense of solitude and isolation in the mountains find themselves at home at Temple Basin, together with other like-minded guests, clubbies, and staff.

Highlights of Temple Basin

  • The goods lift
  • Delicious, home cooked meals
  • Spectacular views
  • Canteen with snacks, beer and wine
  • Incredible terrain - right off the rope tow

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Broken River

Described as a “Hidden Gem” by Powderhounds.com, Broken River (or “BR” as the locals call it) boasts some of New Zealand's best off-piste, soft-snow skiing and snowboarding.

Broken River offers an authentic kiwi ski experience. Everyone is welcome. The atmosphere is laid-back and friendly. You’ll quickly feel part of the “family”.

BR consists of two main bowls with wide, open, rolling slopes and steep chutes which suit adventurous intermediate to expert skiers/boarders. The surrounding peaks have many steep chutes and challenging slopes to inspire advanced riders.

Your day at Broken River is unique from the start. At the car park you step into the funicular railway (the “Tyndall Tram”) and enjoy a 4-minute ride up through native beech forest to the ticket office.

A short walk brings you to the tow, accessing the main Broken River Basin. Palmer Day Lodge is the central, social hub and the best spot to soak up the sun.

Broken River has 5 high-speed “nutcracker” rope tows. If you haven't used a rope tow before - BR’s friendly staff will help get you started. And the tow can be slowed with the press of the button.

Adjacent Allan's Basin is a top BR secret. Although patrolled, it has a backcountry atmosphere – a 100% off-piste and natural - no tows - just a handful of people enjoying the powder. Be warned - one run in Allan’s is never enough!

Staying on the mountain tops off your unique Broken River experience. The shared, bunk-style accommodation offers dinner, bed and breakfast and self-catered options. You’ll enjoy reliving your days adventures with other enthusiasts, knowing you’re in the prime spot for first fresh tracks next morning!

Highlights of Broken River

  • Known for powder skiing and varied terrain
  • Sheltered bowls that maintain the snow and keep weather at bay
  • A laid-back, social and welcoming community atmosphere
  • Inbound, backcountry Allan’s Basin
  • Long reliable seasons and great skiing in low snow years
  • Speciality multi-day avalanche and off-piste ski courses
  • On-mountain accommodation in the prime location for early morning fresh tracks

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Mt. Olympus

Ski in the playground of the Gods, Mt Olympus boasts an incredibly fun and lively atmosphere not to be missed! The club field offers a true kiwi experience and has a great sense of community with a history rich in farming. It’s a real adventure to get there with a beautiful drive over private farmland and up the 4WD road.

Like most of the club fields, Mt. Olympus uses the nutcracker/rope tow combination. Harnesses with nutcrackers are available for free in a bin at the bottom of the access tow, however the club recommends bringing your own for maximum comfort. Mt. Olympus has 4 rope tows transporting you to spectacular terrain. From the top tow, there are a number of fun, rolling runs with lots of features. Traverse out to the basin for long, consistent runs down to the bottom tow. The trails at Mt. Olympus are not groomed, so the whole club field is off-piste!

The Top Hut offers ski-in, ski-out accommodation and is a popular place to stay with a great vibe, it’s fully catered with a bar and home of the famous Mt O hot-tub. The Bottom Hut is also available with all your self-catering needs.

Highlights of Mt. Olympus

  • Great inbounds terrain and incredible hike-to-skiing
  • Delicious, home-cooked meals available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Hot tub with a mountain view
  • Fun, lively bar 
  • Catered and self-catered options available

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Chill6 Pass

The Chill6 Season Pass accesses all six ski areas in Selwyn. One pass six ski areas!

Please note, for the 2020 season, Craigieburn is closed to the public. This means the Chill6 pass includes access to the five following Ski Areas in the Selwyn District; Porters, Cheeseman, Broken River, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.