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Skiing in Christchurch: Mt Cheeseman, Craigieburn, Mt Olympus, Temple Basin, Porters & Mt Hutt accommodation

Thinking of exploring the famed South Island peaks? Here are the best Christchurch ski area accommodation options.

When the temperature drops, the mountains of Canterbury become the perfect winter playground for all levels of skiers and boarders. With up to 13 ski areas within two to four hours’ drive from Christchurch, snow sport enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice.

Mount Hutt is the biggest commercial ski field in Canterbury and boasts the longest ski season in New Zealand, while Porters ski area is a local favourite and is popular with families. Whether you are a beginner or an expert on the slopes, the Canterbury region is a haven for snow-fuelled fun.


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Best accommodation options for Christchurch ski areas

Mount Hutt accommodation


Porters accommodation


Craigieburn, Mt Olympus and Mt Cheeseman accommodation

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Temple Basin accommodation

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How far is each area from Christchurch?

  • Mount Hutt: 1.5hours drive (115km)
  • Porters: 1 hour 50 minutes drive (99km)
  • Craigieburn: 1 hour 45 minutes drive (104km)
  • Mt Cheeseman: 1 hour 50 minutes drive (112km)
  • Mt Olympus: 2 hours drive (134km)
  • Temple Basin: 1 hour 50 minutes drive (135km)

Mount Hutt

MtHutt

Mount Hutt Mountain facts:

Vertical: 648 metres

Skiable terrain: 365 hectares

Longest run: 2 kilometres

Trail breakdown: 20% beginner, 20% intermediate, 40% advanced, 20% expert

Number of terrain parks: 3

Ski season dates: 8 June to 7 October 2018

Image: Mt Hutt

Porters

Porters

Porters Mountain facts:

Vertical: 680 metres

Skiable terrain: 230 hectares

Longest run: 2 kilometres

Trail breakdown: 30% beginner, 30% intermediate, 40% advanced

Number of terrain parks: 1

Ski season dates: TBA

Image: Porters

Craigieburn

Craigieburn

Craigieburn Mountain facts:

Vertical: 503 metres

Skiable terrain: 400 hectares

Longest run: 2km

Trail breakdown: 5% easy, 40% intermediate, 55% advanced

Number of terrain parks: 0

Ski season dates: TBA

Image: Craigieburn

Mt Cheeseman

Cheeseman

Mt Cheeseman Mountain facts:

Vertical: 320 metres

Skiable terrain: 447 hectares

Longest run: 2 km

Trail breakdown: 15% easy, 50% intermediate, 35% advanced

Number of terrain parks: 1

Ski season dates: Lifts opening 7 July 2018

Image: Mt Cheeseman

Mt Olympus

MtOlympus

Mt Olympus Mountain facts:

Vertical: 450 metres

Skiable terrain: 60 hectares

Longest run: 2.6 kilometres

Trail breakdown: 10% beginner, 55% intermediate, 35% advanced

Number of terrain parks: 0

Ski season dates: TBA

Images: Mt Olympus

Temple Basin

TempleBasin

Temple Basin Mountain facts:

Vertical: 430 metres

Skiable terrain: 320 hectares

Longest run: 14 kilometres

Trail breakdown: 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced

Number of terrain parks: 0

Ski season dates: TBA


Where to get ski hire in the Christchurch area:

Renting ski equipment, outerwear and accessories is easy at Christchurch Canterbury. These retailers offer some of the biggest brands names in sport at affordable prices.

  • Snow Mania: Ski and snowboard equipment, clothing, and accessories for men, women and children. Check out their discounted skis, demo and secondhand items for purchase. 4 Dalgety Street, Christchurch New Zealand
  • Gnomes Alpine Sports: Ski and snowboard hire, outerwear, and other accessories such as snow chains, avalanche kits and rope tow packs. Save 10% when you book your ski hire online. 57 South Terrace Darfield Canterbury 7510
  • McEwings Ski and Snowboard Hire: Ski, snowboard, clothing, and accessories for hire. McEwings also provide daily door to door transport from within Christchurch Canterbury to all the major ski areas. 200 Yaldhurst Road,Christchurch, NZ

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