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Schuss these pistes


Nothing says winter like snow. Crisp, sparkling and so very inviting for the myriad of skiers and snowboarders looking for adventure or a day out. With numerous ski fields in easy travel distance, Christchurch is indeed spoilt for choice. From powder to transitional, corduroy to hard pack, our slopes offer something for all levels. Here are some of Metropol’s suggestions for you to check out.

 

 

Selwyn’s ski fields

Stretching across the great Canterbury Plains from the Pacific Ocean on the east to Arthur’s Pass National Park the Southern Alps and bounded by the Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers, Selwyn District has six boutique ski fields. From beginners to advanced skiers, the uncrowded slopes and great snow at Broken River, Cheeseman, Porters, Craigieburn, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus are dedicated to skiing in Selwyn.

 

 

Cardrona

Near Wanaka, Cardrona is all about insane rails, boxes, kickers, and halfpipes, while at the same time also offering beginners, intermediate and advanced runs on various sides of the ski area.

 

 

The Remarkables

The majestic Remarkables Ski Field near Queenstown has everything from beginners and intermediate runs serviced by a six-seater express lift to slightly steeper intermediate runs serviced by three quad lifts, and some backcountry areas giving that “big mountain” feel..

 

 

Coronet Peak

This high ski field towers above Queenstown and is often first to open in the area. What sets it apart from the rest is the night skiing every Friday and Saturday. Three chairlifts and one T-bar take you to many winding runs.

Mt Dobson

In the Tekapo area, club field Mt Dobson is a great place to learn with wide runs and lots of room to manoeuvre. A traverse from the top of the chairlift or T-bar will take you to some awesome advanced terrain, before getting back the groomed runs again.

 

Ohau

Ohau Snow Fields is a family-run commercial field in the MacKenzie High Country. Nestled between Ohau Range and the Ben Ohau, the 165 hectares of terrain includes a chairlift, poma tow and magic carpet servicing the mostly beginner to intermediate slopes.

 

 

Treble Cone

The largest ski field on the South Island, and close to Wanaka, facilities include a six-seater express lift, quadlift, poma tow and magic carpet servicing 550 hectares. There are long cruisy runs to practise technique, while adventurous types will be served in the Saddle Basin and Summit slopes.

Mt Hutt

Rising to 2,190 metres, Mt Hutt provides 365 hectares of ski field, complete with a six-seater chair lift taking people from the base all the way to the top of the field. With four terrain parks and even a few black runs to try, it’s good to go for all levels from beginners to advanced.


 

In the snow about après ski


Europe may be out of bounds, but that does not mean elements of its mountainside culture need to be.

PHOTO: EDGEWATER WANAKA

Those in the snow know one of the perks of hitting the slopes is what comes at the end of the day – après ski.

A mountainside custom coined in the Swiss and French Alps, après ski is, as the name suggests, what comes “after” a day on your skis or snowboards.

Some European and North American ski destinations are known for their post-slope party atmospheres, Kiwis can still get a slice of the action close to home – even if your idea of action is a relaxed mulled wine by the fire.

And there’s no better place to indulge in some après than at the foot of the Southern Alps in Queenstown and Wanaka.

QUEENSTOWN: With dozens of bars all within a 1km radius, simply follow the lake’s edge or cobbled lanes and you’ll find yourself on the doorstep of many an après destination.

WANAKA: More lakeside après offerings await in Wanaka township, or if you’re heading down the mountain consider stopping at the iconic Cardrona pub, complete with roaring outdoor fire.

APRÈS AT HOME: Make the most of your bach or hired accommodation by whipping up some mulled wine or buttered whisky from home. Liven things up with some retro ski gear, and après like it’s 1980.