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=== Contacts ===
 
=== Contacts ===
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PO Box 2152, Christchurch, New Zealand
  
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Pre season bookings (before July 8th) contact Susanne on: 021 102 8081
  
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Infoline/Bookings: +64 3 318 8711
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Facsimile: +64 3 322 4512
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Email: ski@craigieburn.co.nz
  
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[http://www.craigieburn.co.nz Craigieburn website]
  
 
== Planning ==
 
== Planning ==

Revision as of 16:58, 29 October 2006

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Resort Summary
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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

A B+B in Castle Hill village.

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.

Bars & Entertainment

The accommodation lodge has a bar. Craigiburnbar.jpg

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