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.
- 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 another lodge down in the forest, part-way up the access road.
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. 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.
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