Hanmer Springs Ski Area – The Friendly Field
Hanmer Springs Ski Area is a friendly, fun ski area just 20km from the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs.
There are a variety of groomed runs and off piste terrain to choose from for all ages and levels of skiers and riders. Slopes can be viewed from the lounge in the Day Lodge or on the sundeck so spectators don’t miss out on the action.
The car park is at the base of the huts and it’s just a short walk to the tows. There are no queues so you can get in as many runs as your body can handle and the tows operate until you want to stop! The mountain accommodation is backpacker style and is self catering, so don’t forget to bring supplies.
To top off a perfect day or weekend in the mountains, a soak in the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools will ease the strain on the muscles. The village also has some great Restaurants and Bars and accommodation options if bunking up the mountain isn’t your style!.
New learners fixed grip lift
Ski and snowboard hire available on field or in the village.
Ski and snowboard instruction available.
Canteen and hot drinks are available at the shop in the Day Lodge.
Accommodation: inexpensive, warm, comfortable and family rooms are available.
Terrain – 10% Beginner, 60% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Ideal for – beginner to advanced.
Tows – 1 long poma (807m), 1 nutcracker rope tow, 1 beginners fixed grip tow
Elevation – 1769m
Ski Terrain – 52ha
Vertical – 310m
Terrain Park – Natural hits, tables pushed up on request, talk to the staff!
Lift Pass $60 Adult, $50 Student, $30 Junior, Under 10yo Free with a a paying adult.
Backpacker accommodation is available in Robinson Lodge, adjacent to the Day Lodge. Have a sleep in and still be the first on the slopes in the morning! The cost is $30 pp per night or $70 for a family room. Accommodation is self catering so pack the chilly bin and make a weekend of it. Ski 2 consecutive days on your CHILL pass and stay on the mountain for free.
Membership definitely has its privileges! New members are always welcomed and a chance to find the good snow under guidance of existing members is a plus. Our new household membership is a great deal for families – Check out www.skihanmer.co.nz for details.
Location and Access
Hanmer Springs Ski Area is around 2-2½ hrs from Christchurch. From the Hanmer Springs village, take the Clarence Valley Road up over Jack’s Pass, turn left when you get to the river and in another few minutes you come to St James Station. Turn left up the ski field road. This is an alpine road with associated conditions so please always check the ski report for road conditions and follow the instructions. All vehicles must carry chains and be prepared to fit them. If you are unfamiliar with driving on alpine roads a shuttle runs daily from Hanmer Springs Village. Contact Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre +64 3 315 7233.
Phone +64 3 383 8888
Hanmer Springs Ski Area has purchased and installed a brand new beginner’s fixed grip tow. The fixed grip is situated on the learner’s slope of the shirtfront and is 60 meters long.
The beginners area is kept separate from the rest of the slopes, so there is no hassle for learners and experienced skiers and boarders getting in the way of each other. Beginners packages including ski or board hire, tow fees and tuition are extremely affordable.
- New beginners fixed grip handle tow
- Views from the new sun deck outside the day lodge
- Easy poma and nutcracker to ride
- Great for first timers, beginners, families and pro riders
- Mixture of groomed and off-piste
- Track in 2 days and get a free nights accommodation