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.

Pre-Season Update

Winter continues to approach at a rapid rate and the early signs are good as we have already received some good pre-season falls. Opening day is locked and loaded for Saturday 27 June and the school holidays start only a week later.

Autumn has been very busy – our internal Daylodge fit-out was successfully completed at the end of April and we have just recently fitted a new haul rope to our Ridge T Bar lift. Lots of other pre-season organising continues behind the scenes to get everything ready for opening day. A big thanks to our members who have contributed time over the past few months to help get all the work done.


We are still looking for a Fulltime Cook (based at Snowline Lodge)  and also a Forest Lodge Caretaker for the season. Check-out the Jobs page for more info and how to apply.