Ohau Snow Fields

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Ohau Snow Fields

Perched above the blue waters of Lake Ohau in the Mackenzie country, Ohau Snow Fields have a reputation for their super-friendly vibe and uncrowded slopes.

The mountain caters for all abilities – there’s a fun snow mat for learners, a double chairlift accessing a wide flat area for intermediates, and great hiking for those wanting to open up huge powder bowls and chutes in the wider area. The mountain also has snow-making facilities (so you’re less subject to the whims of the weather), a great ski school, and a snow hire and repair workshop.

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At the end of the day, Lake Ohau Lodge is just 20 minutes' drive or shuttle away – which means a hot spa and a gluhwein or cold beer are only 20 minutes away too. You’ll find not only friendly hospitality and great food but also combo deals on lift prices and amazing winter events – in particular the legendary Ohau Snow Ball, which is not to be missed.

Quick Facts

  • Where 42km from Twizel, 42km from Omarama, 94km from Tekapo
  • Ski & board  Stunning views, awesome off-piste and two terrain parks
  • Season early July – early October
  • Access road 9.5km unsealed, carry chains, shuttles available
  • Ratings Beginner 20%, intermediate 50%, advanced 30%


  • Highest point 1825m
  • Vertical 400m
  • Skiable area 125ha, 600ha with a short hike
  • Lifts 1 x chairlift, 1 x platter, 1 x snow mat
  • Lift passes $119 adults, $49 kids, discounts for students
  • On-field ski/board hire Yes
  • Tuition Yes
  • Package deals Beginners and development including gear hire and lesson
  • On-mountain accommodation Lake Ohau Lodge (base of access road): motel-style accommodation options



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