Craigieburn Valley Ski Area

If big mountain terrain and "steep and deep" is you're cup of tea then be sure to visit Craigieburn Valley ski area this winter.

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area is located on State Highway 73 between Springfield and Arthurs Pass. Situated on the north western end of the Craigieburn Range, the ski area encompasses two large basins which receive snowfall predominantly from easterly storm systems, as well as large westerly systems which make it over the main divide.

Unique to the ski area is the large amount of intermediate to advanced terrain encompassing a number of aspects and elevations, so there is always plenty of skiing available in any conditions. The quality of terrain which is tow accessed or by a short traverse is equal to some of the best in the world.

Lift Information
Three rope tows aptly names, bottom, middle and top tow. These bad boys move pretty quickly and there’s a corner to negotiate on the bottom tow. The spinning drum on the corner looks more daunting than it actually is and anyone with rope tow experience will have no trouble with it.

The tows are steep and there’s no learner tow so if you’ve never ridden a kiwi rope tow best to visit this field on a quiet day or get some practice next door at Broken River to master the nutcracker art.   


Phone: 03 318 8711

Key Details

  • State Highway 73 – 110km from Christchurch Airport
  • Gravel access road – Suitable for 2wd with chains
  • On mountain accommodation available
  • No gear hire on mountain except nutcracker and tow belt rental

Predominately suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders. A competent beginner with a determined attitude will learn a lot in a day at Craigieburn. Many kids have grown up skiing CV and their snow skills speak volumes.

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