This is a long established ski club of Christchurch. Skiing began here in 1929. The club has moved on from the days of rope tows to now operate two T-bars. The terrain is mostly intermediate with some advanced, and with a good learners’ area near the base.
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- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
Off Highway 73 (the road between Chch and Arthur's Pass) in the Craigieburn Range.
- On snow (ski-in/ski-out) club style accomodation
- Friendly club members
- More intermediate grade terrain
- Rarely ever a queue
- Reasonable road goes right up to the lodges
- Not a huge amount of advanced terrain
Phone: Christchurch Office: +64 3 344 3247
Fax: +64 3 344 3300
Postal: PO Box 22178, Christchurch, New Zealand
- Fly to Christchurch and get transport from there.
- Cars can be hired at the airport, but that is an expensive option. There are several cheap car hire firms in Christchurch that will deliver to and pick up from the airport. They offer chains and roofracks at modest additional cost.
- Black Diamond Safaris, Snowork Tours and Alpine Expeditions are three Christchurch transport companies that go up to the club ski areas like Mount Cheeseman, in 4WD wagons.
- The road is gravel, often requiring chains in winter, 4WD is very useful also.
On-snow accommodation is in a comfortable club lodge right beside the base of the lower T-bar, (ski-in, ski-out) and there is backpacker lodge down in the forest, part-way up the access road.
Adult non-member $60 per day
The car park is about 5 minutes walk from the lower T-bar.
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There is a cafe in the main lodge.
Bars & Entertainment
There is a bar in the main lodge.
This club field is more suitable for beginners and intermediates than BR or Craigieburn, and it is a popular choice for families, but there is enough to keep advanced skiers happy for a couple of days. Despite the ease of access, and broad appeal for all grades of skiers and boarders, there is hardly ever a queue. There are two T-bars as well as rope tows. This club field deserves to be more popular with the general public than it is at present. In my opinion Mount Cheeseman is a good alternative to Mount Hutt for Christchurch skiers and visitors to Canterbury.
A good learners’ area near the base
The club has a groomer, and grooms all the intermediate areas.
There are steeper slopes under Mount Cockayne, reached by a short walk or traverse from the upper T-bar.
Out of Bounds
To the South of the skifield is Tarn Basin, a popular back basin easily accessed from the top of the upper T-bar.
See the Craigieburns
Alpine touring or telemark travel leads to the Ryton Valley, and Mt Olympus beyond. To the Ryton and back is very do-able in a day, with time for a couple of downhill runs and back up again in the Ryton. Mt Olympus and back would be a rather big day. 2 hours or so along the main ridge to the north leads to Broken River.
Parks & Pipes