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Fox Peak Ski Area

Quick Facts Location 195 km from Christchurch, 98 km from Timaru Board Snow as nature makes it Ski Uninterrupted runs Season Late June – late September Access Road 19 km, chains as required Price Range Adult lift pass $60 Ratings Beginner 5%, intermediate 50%, advanced 45%

Providing old-school club-field skiing high on the Two Thumb Range in South Canterbury, Fox Peak’s views alone make a ski trip worthwhile. Big, wide open faces and fabulous hidden basins mean that over half of the massive ski area consists of long, adventurous blue runs that are never too crowded, plus there’s a beginner’s area to ease in newbies, and you’ll always receive a friendly welcome in the non-profit club atmosphere. There’s also comfortable budget accommodation on the mountain via a cosy 40-bed backpacker lodge. Open weekends only.

Essentials Highest point 1880 metres (top of lifts) / 2330 metres (Fox Peak)Vertical 580 m; Skiable area: 590 ha; Lift pass prices: Adult $60, student $35, child (10 years and over) $10, under 10 free Lifts 2 km of rope tows plus platter lift (intermediate); Tuition Yes Package Deals Large groups On-field accommodation Backpacker lodge available Friday and Saturday