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Mount Cheeseman

Quick Facts Board Boarder cross, awesome riding Ski Uncrowded groomed and off-piste Location 99 km from Christchurch Season July – October Access Road unsealed 12km, chains to be carried at all times Price Range Adult lift pass $79 Ratings Beginner 15%, intermediate 50%, advanced 35%

Voted New Zealand’s best small ski area in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the closest club ski area to Christchurch offers both uncrowded, sunny groomed terrain, challenging off-piste terrain and a fun, family-friendly environment.  Just 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch on State Highway 73, Mount Cheeseman offers ski and board instruction, full rental facilities, a licensed café and uncrowded, sunny, groomed terrain. There’s also challenging off-piste action with spectacular views – and, for the adventurous, access to the back country for day trips. Ski weeks provide fully catered service and professional instruction, all as part of an all-inclusive package, or accommodation is available on a nightly basis including dinner, breakfast and lunch. The Day Lodge is large and sunny lodge with wrap-around decks, offering a variety of food, hot snacks and beverages – including delicious real espresso coffee and wine – while the Snowline Lodge offers full service ski-in, ski-out accommodation and the Forest Lodge at the base of the ski area, provides a backpacker-style self-catering option (and when it’s cold enough, ice skating on the open-air rink!) The friendly atmosphere makes Cheeseman a fun, family alpine environment.

Essentials Highest Point 1,860 m Vertical 320 m; Lift Pass Adult $79, Student $59, Youth (under 18)/65 – 74 $39, Child (under 10)/75+ free, Family 15% saving Lifts 2 t-bars, 1 learner tow On-field ski/snowboard hire Yes Tuition Yes Package Deals Yes On-field accommodation Yes