Craigieburn Valley

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Overview 

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.

Location

Off Highway 73, the West Coast road.

Pros

  • Steep, deep and cheap.
  • No beginners.
  • Huge off-piste terrain.

Cons

  • Steep nutcracker rope tow lifts.
  • Nothing for beginners.
  • Rough gravel road.
  • Can be closed after heavy snowfalls.

Contacts

PO Box 2152, Christchurch, New Zealand

Pre season bookings (before July 8th) contact Susanne on: 021 102 8081

Infoline/Bookings: +64 3 318 8711 Facsimile: +64 3 322 4512 Email: ski@craigieburn.co.nz

Craigieburn website

Planning

Getting There

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Accommodation

On Mountain

Club style accommodation, helping with chores in the kitchen, etc. Some double rooms.

Off Mountain

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.

Also there is Bed+Breakfast at Castle Hill Village (about 20 mins from BR or Craigieburn carparks).

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.

Lift Tickets

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Ski School

Yes.

Equipment Hire

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Resort Facilities

Getting Around

Nutcracker rope tows and walking.

Parking

Close to the lodges.

Activities

Skiing, boarding.

Dining

Club style nutritious food after a day's hard exercise.

Lodge Bar

Bars & Entertainment

The accommodation lodge has a bar.

Shopping

This is a ski area, not a shopping mall.

Children

A few tough little buggers ski there, who grew up there and can ride nutcracker rope tows before they can ride bikes.


Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

None.

Groomed Runs

No grooming.

Off Piste

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.

Cross Country

Alpine Touring or Telemark ski touring is done with skins for uphill travel.

See Craigieburns

Parks & Pipes

Natural terrain.

Bumps

Some form in Siberia Basin (the upper tow) at times.

Powder Zones

The whole mountain is a powder zone after a fresh snowfall.

Sheltered Runs

Gets a bit wind-stripped in upper Siberia Basin, a bit more sheltered lower down.

Snowplay

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Other

Weather

Gets most of its snow from cold North-Westerly fronts.

Geography

This is the northernmost of the Craigieburn Range ski areas, close to Broken River.

History

The club was started by members of the Canterbury Mountaineering Club in 1949 as a winter alternative to mountaineering.


Resources

Maps

Craigieburn & Broken River trail map