Full mountain report Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2020 6:05 am

Skifield closed
12:30 pm05/09/2020
Last snowfall:
5cm, September 25

Upper base:0cm

Lower base:0cm

Weather Conditions

With Daylight saving just around the corner and the sun getting higher in the sky its time to break out the shorts, t-shirts and sun-screen. ENJOY everyone.

Snow Conditions

Although 2020 was not quite how we planned it - here's looking forward to a white and wintery 2021


Chains: To be carried

Carry at all times

Carry at all times

The road is CLOSED and gate locked at Middle Hut for the Summer Season. Always Carry Chains. Please obey all signs on the road. Downhill traffic please give way to uphill traffic. Headlights ON.

  • Beginners Lift: closed 12:30 pm

    With our thin snowpack on the lower mountain, we have made the call to close our learners area for the day. Located right in front of our awesome Daylodge Facility. Sunny and family friendly area.

  • Main T-bar: closed 12:30 pm

    Access to the main ski basin! Something for everyone - Please ski and ride above tower 3.

  • Ridge T-bar: closed 10:00 am

    Ride the Ridge T-bar for Great skiing and boarding off Mt Cockayne Ridge – Awesome views from the top too! Operation of Ridge T-Bar can be subject to wind and visibility.

Ski hire: closed

Our Ski Hire will return in 2021.

Ski School: closed

Our Ski School will return in 2021.


Snowline Lodge: closed

Unfortunately Snowline Lodge is CLOSED for the 2020 season but will be back in 2021. Check out Forest Lodge located on the mountain. www.forestlodge.info

Forest Lodge: open

Managed independently, Forest Lodge is available all year round. Nestled amongst beech forested hills and native tussock lands 720m above sea level, Forest Lodge boasts affordable, comfortable, backpackers accommodation for all walks of life. www.forestlodge.info

Message from Cheeseman:

Season Wrap Up – Friday 25 September

Unfortunately the warm weather, winds & rain we’ve experienced this week have reaped havoc on the little remaining snow we had and although there’s possibility of a few cm’s over the next few days it simply won’t be enough to replenish what we have lost. We are therefore making the tough decision to call the adventure over for 2020.

2020 has certainly thrown up some challenges along the way and although its probably been the shortest season in the last 20 + years at least we did get open briefly and boy did we have some fun looking back! We would like to thank all our members, passholders, loyal customers and our small team of staff for hanging in there and supporting Cheeseman this year.

It’s been a tough one in more ways than one but we’ve learnt heaps from the experience and will come back fighting fit & strong for winter 2021.

Although finances will be tight we have a few small goals to achieve over summer which include refurbishment of the Snowline Lodge kitchen, so we’ll be calling for a helping hand on this project in due course. Please keep an eye out on the social media / E-News / E-Chat for further details.

Don’t forget all 3 Lodges – Forest Lodge, Snowline Lodge & Daylodge, are available for hire over the summer months and make an excellent base for parties, weddings, conferences, family / friends gatherings, outdoor activities etc. Spread the word amongst family and friends – help us promote our small slice of summer paradise!

Here’s wishing everyone a safe and fun summer and once again thanks for all the support and kind words.

Kia pai tō hauora. Stay well.


Webcams See for yourself


Mt Cheeseman

Cockayne Face

Ridge T-Bar