Welcome to Cheeseman
Cheeseman is a friendly ski area which promotes a fun, family environment in an alpine setting. We are open to the public (you don’t need to be a member to ski here) and are the closest club ski area to Christchurch, just 90 minutes (approximately 99km) drive away. The mountain has a sunny aspect with groomed runs and off-piste terrain catering for all abilities. It has two T-bar lifts (Main T-bar and Ridge T-bar) which provide access to the whole mountain; and a learners’ rope tow in a dedicated learners’ area. For adventurers looking for un-tracked trails and off-piste experiences, Mt Cockayne offers challenging skiing and fantastic views of the Craigieburn Range. The Ridge T-bar also offers access to the back country for day trips. Please note that there is no ski patrol beyond the ski area boundary therefore you are entirely responsible for your own safety.
Winter Is Nearly Here!
After a long hot and very enjoyable summer the weather has changed and we’ve had a couple of fantastic pre-season snow falls which have transformed the mountain into a wintery wonderland!
The Springboxes & T Bars are loaded, the groomers have been pushing and packing snow and the staff will be on the hill from Sunday 26 June for training week and final preparations and then its all systems go! Opening Day is locked and loaded for Saturday 2 July – so its time to dust off your skis and boards and get prepared to hit the slopes at Cheeseman for the 2016 season.
Whats Been Happening
The summer has been a busy one with several big projects on the go on the hill . Beginners and Intermediate skiers can now enjoy an easier transition down from Tower 5 to Tower 3 area via a newly developed track which is wider and less steep than the former track which ran from Lunch Rock to the Tower 3 load area. Other projects have included completing the re-roof of Snowline Lodge and the commencement of a 3 year replacement schedule our bulk diesel tanks. Of course there’s be a lot of other work going on behind the scenes to make the operation run smoother and ultimately make your visit to Cheeseman more enjoyable.