Mt Cheeseman

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Mt Cheeseman

This fun clubbie is one of the closest to Christchurch. It’s uncrowded, sunny, and groomed, with challenging off-piste terrain and a family-friendly environment.

Just 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch on State Highway 73, Mt Cheeseman offers ski and board instruction, full rental facilities, a licensed café and uncrowded, sunny, groomed terrain. For beginners and intermediates, there’s a great learners tow and a heap of blue and green runs off the main T-Bar. There’s also challenging off-piste action with spectacular views – and for the adventurous, the Ridge T-Bar gives access to the 1874m Mt Cockayne, and the superb terrain running down its flanks.

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There is a fully-operational day lodge with sunny wrap-around decks and offering a variety of food, hot snacks and beverages – including delicious espresso coffee and wine.

Quick facts

  • Where 99km from Christchurch
  • Ski & board Groomed and off-piste runs on expansive uncrowded slopes
  • Season July – October
  • Access road unsealed 12km, carry chains
  • Ratings Beginner 15%, intermediate 50%, advanced 35%


  • Highest point 1847m
  • Vertical 320m
  • Lifts 2 T-bars, learner tow
  • On-field ski/snowboard hire Yes
  • Tuition Yes
  • Lift passes $95 adults, $45 kids, free for under 10s and over 75s, discounts for students and families
  • On-field accommodation Yes


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