2017 Season Update
We trust everyone has had an enjoyable and safe holiday period in good old NZ? Summer is flying by and its hard to believe Autumn is just around the corner! We are looking forward to seeing some snow on the slopes in the not too distant future and we have locked in opening day for Saturday 8 July in time for the school holidays.
Don’t forget to make sure you get booked in for ski weeks during the season. This year there are some changes to the ski weeks & mountain accommodation. We are running ski weeks during July & August only (non in September) and accommodation at Snowline during September will only be available on Friday and Saturday nights. More info on accommodation here
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.
What’s Been Happening
Last summer was a busy one with several big projects on the go up 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.