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Craigieburn Valley Ski Area

Located in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, where the ups are good, and the downs are even better. Steep narrow chutes, wide open powder bowls, uncrowded runs or just a place to take it easy in the awesome vista of the Craigieburn Range. If you are an advanced or expert rider then skiing The Big One at Craigieburn is your holy grail!

About Craigieburn

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area is located on State Highway 73 between Springfield and Arthurs Pass. Situated on the north western end of the Craigieburn Range, the ski area encompasses two large basins which receive snowfall predominantly from easterly storm systems, as well as large westerly systems which make it over the main divide. Unique to the ski area is the large amount of intermediate to advanced terrain encompassing a number of aspects and elevations, so there is always plenty of skiing available in any conditions. The quality of terrain which is tow accessed or by a short traverse is equal to some of the best in the world.

Unlike most New Zealand skiing, Craigieburn Ski Area straddles two distinct ridge lines and valleys and is well known for its hidden gems usually only the locals can find.

While the terrain is more suited for the intermediate to advanced skier / boarder, a competent beginner with a determined attitude will learn a lot in a day at Craigieburn. Three high capacity rope tows service a vertical rise of 500m. Terrain at Craigieburn Valley is varied, exciting and challenging with the infamous 600m vertical descent of Middle basin (which is often compared to a heliskiing experience) accessible by an easy traverse from the tow.

Trail Map

Craigieburn Trail Map


Craigieburn has two lodges - Koroheke and Matuhi nestled away just below treeline. The facilities include a licenced bar, chefs kitchen, showers, toilets, drying room, lounge area, sleeping facilities and spectacular views across the valley. The lodges can sleep 65 people in warm 6-person bunkrooms or private twin-share rooms. A great atmosphere, good company, and warming winter fare will ensure your stay at Craigieburn will be one to remember.

Private rooms: $299 based on two people
Bunk rooms (whole bunk room with 6 single beds): Adults $840/Students $510/Under 18s $330
Bunk only (per person): Adult $140/Student $85/Under 18s $55

Rates include dinner and breakfast - there are no facilites at Craigieburn to self-cater. You can purchase lunch at the day lodge or bring your own lunch snacks.

Snow Forecast

Craigieburn Stats

Beginner 5%
Intermediate 45%
Advanced 50%

No groomed slopes
Main Lifts 4x Rope Tows

Top Elevation 1811m
Bottom Elevation 1310m
Lessons Yes
Access 2WD with chains when required

Day Lift Pass Rates    

Adult: $99
Student: $50
Under 18: $35
Senior: $99
Under 13 and 70+: FREE
One Pass Ride: $20

Ski Selwyn Craigieburn Valley

Key Contacts
Mountain Phone: +64 3 318 8711

Useful Links

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Transport & services
Last stop for fuel heading west from Christchurch.

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