Awakino is a club-operated ski area located high up the St Marys Range, near Kurow in the Waitaki Valley. It is renowned for its deep wind-blown powder, fantastic terrain suiting all abilities, and its pioneering spirit. Amongst all the club fields in New Zealand, Awakino best represents skiing as it first began.
Look out for the midweek opening planned for late August – fair chance you’ll have the place to yourselves.
Broken River, BR, as it’s known to the locals, has a friendly atmosphere, social & sunny day lodge and great terrain. A great friendly ski area with an entrance second to none. Check out the terrain, highlights and chillin tips for Broken River.
The ultimate finish to your day – if you’re safety equipped, follow Allan’s Basin below the ski area boundary to the summer road and after a good snowfall ride all the way down to your car. What an awesome finish to your day!
Craigieburn Valley Ski Area is a skier and snow boarders paradise. Ski the Big One, Craigieburn offers some of the world's best big mountain terrain and touring options galore. Come check out why the K2 Big Mountain CHILL series is held here each year.
Every club has one, but find a clubbie that looks like they are a part of the furniture and ask them where the best run of the day is, or better still, ask them if you can tag along on their next run – they’re a friendly bunch!
Fox Peak is one of the smaller ski clubs on the CHILL Pass, but one of the largest when it comes to its terrain and suitability for all skiing levels. A true club field, Fox Peak offers amazing views and touring possibilities on vast uncrowded slopes in the heart of the Mackenzie region.
Go explore, there’s a huge amount of terrain on a variety of aspects that make for great skiing and snowboarding.
Hanmer Springs Ski Area, formerly known as Amuri, is a small club ski area with a tonne of personality and terrain suitable for all abilities. Hanmer Springs offers great skiing and awesome views over the surrounding St James and Molesworth Stations all within a 20kms of the thermal resort town of Hanmer Springs.
Take them up on their ‘ski two days on a CHILL Pass stay for free’ offer, it’s awesome.
Mt Cheeseman is one of the closest ski fields to Christchurch and offers great skiing for families and individuals alike. There are great facilities and plenty of lift accessed terrain to cater to all abilities, not to mention the infamous Tarn Basin for backcountry enthusiasts.
Make a weekend of it and stay overnight at Snowline Lodge, enjoy the slopes while someone else cooks your dinner, breakfast and lunch and the bonus – first tracks in the morning!
The gem of Fairlie, Mt Dobson offers high and dry skiing in the Mackenzie region with a unique club feel, family friendly terrain and steeps for the more adventurous, oh, did we mention a chairlift?
Chair lifts are a novelty on the CHILL Pass so if you’re an intermediate skier or rider or just need a break from rope tows and T-bars then Mt Dobson is the ticket. For the non-skier, views from the car park watching skiers in the West Valley can be entertaining.
Located on State Highway 70, Mt Lyford is a fun and friendly family operated ski area for all abilities. Mt Lyford Alpine Resort has a wide range of terrain and facilities for all abilities and as the Northern most mountain on the Licence to CHILL it’s also close by to the famous Kaikoura surf breaks.
Be prepared for mountain driving with a quality set of chains. It is worth spending the extra bucks to not having the hassle of chains that fall to bits.
Mt Olympus is one of those ski areas with an impressive reputation. The terrain is amazing, the access road an adventure, the coffee is good and it boasts the highest hot tub in NZ Playground to the Gods, Mt Olympus offers big mountain skiing, plenty of powder and a social scene second to none.
If you’re staying the night don’t forget your togs (Aussies see: swimmers) for the hot tub.
One of the South island’s premier ski fields, Porters is also the closest to Christchurch. There’s something for everyone at Porters whether you’re a first timer, park junkie, powder hound, café shredder or anything in between.
Grab an espresso coffee from Porters Café to kick start your day on the mountain. Take advantage of free wifi throughout café and base area, and at lift drive stations.
At the top of the South Island, the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions are blessed with the Nelson Lakes National Park and Rainbow Ski Area. Reaching a height of over 1760 metres, Rainbow captures regular winter snow, complemented by extensive snow making.
Keep an eye on those weather maps, as Rainbow is the most northern ski area on the CHILL Pass and it often catches heavy westerly snow that can miss the mountains further South.
"If I had to stay in one area, in one mountain, in one place to board for the rest of my life, it would be Temple Basin. It's that good. Yes, you have to hike & yes, the place is not like a normal ski area - that is exactly the reason to go." Brad Steward, Transworld 96.
Walking up on a Friday evening makes the most of the weekends skiing and it’s hard to beat waking up high in the mountains ready to ski after a good dose of fresh coffee. Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle.
Located 35 minutes’ drive from Wanaka, Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the Queenstown and Wanaka Lakes District, boasting the longest vertical rise. The unique mix of large groomed slopes, high capacity chairlifts, stunning views and legendary off-piste terrain makes TC, as it’s commonly known, a favourite field to many.
Enjoy the rest you get on the chairlifts, they’re a bit of a novelty on a CHILL Pass. Burn your extra energy lapping the unique terrain of the Saddle Basin or searching for pow on the Summit or Motatapu (expert only) hikes.