Ski and Snowboard Mt Dobson Ski Area
Famous for its all day sunshine, high, dry, natural snow and wide open uncrowded runs, Mt Dobson is the ultimate skiing and boarding destination. This family owned and operated field is 2.5 hours from Christchurch on State Highway 8, the main tourist route to Queenstown.
Take in the spectacular scenery on the gentle access road with views from the Pacific Ocean to the Southern Alps. The road leads into the base area, which then opens up to a three kilometer wide basin, boasting 14 separate runs. The largest and sunniest learner and intermediate area in New Zealand, and the huge natural halfpipe are features unique to Dobson.
The rolling natural terrain is both fun and exciting, and easily accessed through Dobson’s three lifts; the platter stretches to the right of the car-park, the T-bar straight up the ridge, and the Triple Chair out to the western side of the basin. Whatever stage you are at, Dobson has the terrain to suit; from gentle learner slopes to advanced black runs. The more adventurous can hike from the top of the chairlift up the ridge for some fun terrain on a powder day – check with ski patrol first.
With a small friendly team, Mt Dobson has managed to retain that warm and sociable club atmosphere as a commercial ski area. Our team of qualified, international instructors are on call to encourage, inspire and challenge you to reach your potential – whether a raw beginner or into shredding the slopes! Race training clinics are also available. Two Kassborher groomers regularly groom the main trails for the safety and enjoyment of skiers and boarders.
Ski Hire – 300 pairs of skis, 50 snowboards, clothing and protective equipment available.
Ski School – 8 qualified instructors cater to skiers/riders of all levels.
Day Lodge – cafeteria: hot and cold food and drinks and confectionery are all available.
Terrain – 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, and 25% Advanced.
Ideal for – beginner to advanced.
Lifts – Triple chairlift, T-bar, Platter, and learner’s rope tow.
Elevation – 2110m
Skiable terrain – 400 ha
Vertical drop – 415m
Terrain Park – Natural hits throughout the basin, natural half-pipe under the triple chair.
Grooming – 2 Kassborher groomers groom main runs.
Lift pass (all mountain) – $72 Adult, $56 Student, $43 Youth, $28 Child U12. Under 5 free. Beginners Rope Tow Free. Half day passes available from 12.30 pm.
Location and Access
Nestled in the Two Thumb Range, the skifield is conveniently located on State Highway 8, the main tourist route between Christchurch and Queenstown. It is 11km west of Fairlie and 18km East from Lake Tekapo, Mt Dobson is easily accessible and boasts one of the easiest access roads in the country. It is 15 KM long and is maintained to a high standard, suitable for both buses and campers. When chains are required they may be hired from the Ski Shack in Fairlie. For more information check out www.mtdobson.co.nz
Stay in Fairlie, a picturesque rural township in the heart of South Canterbury, 26km from Mt Dobson car park, Fairlie offers warm hospitality and a great choice of outdoor recreation activities, with a population of approximately 800. Check www.mtdobson.co.nz for accommodation options. For more local info try www.fairlie.co.nz also www.mackenziewinter.co.nz
- Higher, dryer natural snow.
- No crowds.
- The largest, sunniest learner area in the country.
- Great balance of groomed and off piste skiing and boarding.
- Picks up a lot of snow from early season southerly fronts.