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. Located 35 minutes from Fairlie, along the spectacular Two Thumb Range, the ski area boasts amazing views of South Canterbury and the Mackenzie Country.
About Fox Peak
Three easy-to-ride rope tows access 500 hectares and 580 vertical meters of uncrowded terrain. There is also a groomed platter lift for beginners at the base of the ski area. The terrain ranges from big wide-open faces, which are great for beginners and intermediates, to the more challenging runs in South Basin and along the North Basin Ridge.
For the more advanced, or those prepared to hike or tour, the options are boundless. Head to South Basin or up to the Peak and drop off towards the Tarn. Definitely talk to the locals, you may just find yourself on a guided tour.
The car park is located at the base of the tows allowing easy access to the beginner slopes and greater ski area. The ski area is run by a dedicated club and is open only on weekends. The access road crosses farm land, so be sure to leave gates as you find them.
South Basin is often overlooked and regularly contains the best snow. For sunny spring skiing North Basin is the pick. Be sure to keep an eye on those southerly systems as they tend to deliver the goods to Fox Peak.
Fox Lodge sits below the base area at 900m elevation, just nestled in the trees halfway up the mountain access road. The Lodge has a 40 person capacity with 5 bunkrooms, and is available to stay on Friday and Saturday nights during the ski season. There's a heated common / dining room and a kitchen with gas appliances for cooking as well a BBQ outside. The Lodge runs on generator power and there is fresh running mountain water.
Guests bring their own sleeping bag and linens, toiletries, food and drinks.
Non member rates per night:
10 years and under: $20
For touring: Summit Fox Peak, you can either ski into the South or North Basin and back to the ski area or explore some amazing back-country including Fox Peak summit.
For beginners: Once you’ve mastered the platter give the moderate speed Meadow Rope Tow a go.
Go explore, there’s a huge amount of terrain on a variety of aspects that make for great skiing and snowboarding.
Fox Peak Stats
Pistes Beginner & Intermediate Groomed (Plus some higher trails)
Main Lifts 3x Rope Tows
Learner Lifts 1x Platter, 1x Beginners’ Tow
Top Elevation 1990m
Bottom Elevation 1410m
Skiable Terrain 500 hectares
Ski/Board Hire Ski Shack in Fairlie
Lessons Can be arranged with a local
Night Skiing Conditions Permitting (can be arranged with a local on a full moon)
Access 2WD with chains when required
Day Pass Rates:
Touring (no lift use): $30
Draw Card: Great access to back country, rarely tracked.
Mountain Phone: +64 3 685 8539
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