This club field enjoys a reputation as "The Big One". Three steep rope tow lifts take you up to Siberia Basin. The terrain is upper intermediate to expert. As their motto goes "Craigieburn offers something for everyone – except beginners." (All tows are toe-side for a natural rider.)
The modern Whakamaru day lodge overlooks Middle Basin. Lunch food and drinks can be bought there. Craigieburn and Broken River connect easily via Hamilton Col in the ridge between, to make a huge "off-piste" ski area.
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- 6 Resort Facilities
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Off Highway 73, the West Coast road.
- Steep, deep and cheap.
- No beginners.
- Huge off-piste terrain.
- Steep nutcracker rope tow lifts.
- Nothing for beginners.
- Rough gravel road.
- Can be closed after heavy snowfalls.
PO Box 2152, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Club style accommodation, helping with chores in the kitchen, etc. Some double rooms.
Quite a few options.
Flock Hill lodge has a variety of 1-2 brm motel units, cottages and backpacker accommodation a few kms from the bottom of the Craigieburn and Broken River access roads. You can self-cater in the units, or eat at their restaurant. This can be really good value for two couples willing to share a unit and vehicle hire, and self-cater their food (brought from a supermarket in Christchurch).
Backpackers or motel accommodation at Springfield. Springfield is about halfway betwen Christchurch and BR/Craigieburn, (i.e. 40-45 mins from the carpark) and a similar distance from Mount Hutt, in a different direction.
Or you can even tent/vehicle camp for free at the bottom of the BR access road (brrrrr...) where there is a 3-sided public shelter to cook in, a stream to get drinking water from, and a pit toilet in the bush.
Nutcracker rope tows and walking.
Close to the lodges.
Club style nutritious food after a day's hard exercise.
Bars & Entertainment
The accommodation lodge has a bar.
This is a ski area, not a shopping mall.
A few tough little buggers ski there, who grew up there and can ride nutcracker rope tows before they can ride bikes.
It's all off piste.
Out of Bounds
Middle Basin, a big "back basin", is accessible from the top of the lifts, and offers about 2000 vertical feet of skiing down to the access road, where 20 minutes walking and another ride of the three rope tow lifts takes you up to do it all over again. It’s helicopter quality skiing at a rope tow price.
Alpine Touring or Telemark ski touring is done with skins for uphill travel.
Parks & Pipes
Some form in Siberia Basin (the upper tow) at times.
The whole mountain is a powder zone after a fresh snowfall.
Gets a bit wind-stripped in upper Siberia Basin, a bit more sheltered lower down.
Gets most of its snow from cold North-Westerly fronts.
This is the northernmost of the Craigieburn Range ski areas, close to Broken River.
The club was started by members of the Canterbury Mountaineering Club in 1949 as a winter alternative to mountaineering.