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Travelling west on Highway 73, follow the signposts to Arthurs Pass. The Craigieburn turnoff is well labelled on the left, about 15km from the top of the Porters Pass. The access road is a six kilometer unsealed road through beach forest. There is a short walk from the car park to the lifts. 


Craigieburn Valley Ski Area, located in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, has achieved cult status amongst NZ's hottest skiers. Steep deep and cheap, the only catch is that you wish you had discovered it before. Wide open powder bowls, steep narrow chutes and when you come off the hill at the end of a big day, kick back in the bar at our cosy alpine lodge. Craigieburn Valley offers something for everyone (except beginners!!).

Three high capacity rope tows service a vertical rise of 500m. Terrain at Craigieburn Valley is varied, exciting and challenging with the infamous 600m vertical descent of Middle basin (which is often compared to a heliskiing experience) accessible by a short traverse from the tow.

Whether hanging out for a week or just a couple of days, a highlight of any visit to Craigieburn Valley is staying in one of the cosy alpine lodges nestled in NZ's scenic native bush. Up to 65 people can be accommodated at any one time in economical 6-person bunkrooms or more private double rooms. A great atmosphere, the good company of fellow skiers, and warming winter fare will ensure your stay at Craigieburn will be one to remember. Please note that bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Nearest Town Springfield
Distance (km) 50
Nearest Airport Christchurch
Distance (km) 120
Annual Snow Fall (m)  
Season Opens Late June
Seaon Closes Late October
Skiable Area (Hectares)  
Total Number of Lifts 4
Base Altitude (m) 1308
Highest Altitude (m) 1811
Beginner 0%
Intermediate 60%
Advanced 40%
Chairlfts 0
T-Bars 0
Platters 0
Rope Tows 4
Ski School Yes
Ski Hire No
Chain Hire No
Groomers No
Half Pipe  
Terrain Park  
Cafe Yes
Bar Yes
Accommodation on Ski Area Yes

Contact Details
Company Name Craigieburn Valley Ski Area (INC)
Phone 64 3 3652514
Mail PO BOX 2152 Christchurch

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