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Roundhill Ski Area

You can get yourself to the top of Australasia’s highest vertical at Roundhill. Unsurprisingly the field offers amazing views, as well as a diverse mix of terrain and a relaxed atmosphere.

Snapshot Where: Mackenzie; Board: Super wide undulating main trails, natural half pipes and chute off the Heritage Express, terrain park; Ski: Gentle slopes and large beginners’ area for families, 783 m vertical (Australasia’s highest) for pros; Location: 35 km from Tekapo, 75 km from Fairlie, 91 km from Twizel, 258 km from Christchurch; Season: 4 July – 25 September; Access Road: 35 km easy gravel road, no road toll; Price range: Adult lift pass $78; Ratings Beginner 20%, intermediate 45%, advanced 35%

Hot tip Park on the slopes, bring your deck chairs and BBQ, and enjoy the sun!

Mountain knowledge Roundhill Ski Area boasts views of some of New Zealand’s most iconic landmarks. See Aoraki Mount Cook towering above the Southern Alps while the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo provide an amazing backdrop to your day on the snow. The field is located just 32 km from the Tekapo township – enjoy a scenic 24 km drive along the eastern side of Lake Tekapo before the 8 km ski field access road which is wide and gradual and leads to slopeside parking. Roundhill’s diverse terrain mix provides awesome skiing and riding for all levels. Smooth, super wide, undulating trails for beginners and intermediates, and plenty of advanced terrain for the adventurous. Roundhill boasts Australasia’s highest vertical (783 m!) for the experts. Central Park Terrain Park features boxes, rails and jumps for most ability levels. Roundhill also has a snowsports school with lessons available for any age and ability, along with a huge range of rental equipment available on the mountain. This family-owned ski area offers Kiwi hospitality at its best, with hearty fare available in their licensed café, or for light refreshments you can head to ‘The von Brown’ which is situated towards the top of the main T-Bar.

Essentials Ratings: Beginner 20%, intermediate 45%, advanced 35%; Highest point: 2,133 m; Vertical: 783 m skiable area 550 ha Lift pass: Adult $78, Student $57, Youth (13 – 18) $46, Child (6 – 12) $36, 5 and under free; Season pass: (From June 1st) Adult $715, Student $585, Youth $455, Child $325 Lifts: 2 t-bars, Heritage Express tow rope, beginners’ tow, beginners’ platter and kiddies’ lift; Groomers: 2; Snow-making: 14-gun snowmaking system; On-field ski/snowboard hire: Yes; Tuition ski & snowboard: yes; Extras: Central Park, von Brown hut and Two Thumb licensed café.

Contact details Phone: +64 21 680 694 Snowphone: +64 3 680 6977

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