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.
The 2015 Season Is Underway
After much anticipation and build-up we opened (on time) for the season on Saturday 27 June and it was great to see everyone here to enjoy it with us. We can’t remember such epic conditions so early in the season so if its anything to go by it should be an absolute stunner season and we are looking forward to sharing it with you!
Its a great idea to check that you are prepared and organised when you visit the mountains and in particular skifield access roads. Make sure you have adequate chains and they fit your vehicle BEFORE you leave town. The cheaper quick fit chains are generally ok for highway use but are not always up to the job for steeper and sometimes slippery skifield access roads – its worth paying a little more for better quality chains. Spend some time and test fit them to your vehicle prior to leaving for the mountain – that way you know they are going to fit when you get here!