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Fox Peak Ski Area

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The Ski Resort

Five lifts, four rope tows and a platter lift, service an incredible 500 hectares of terrain - namely the learners' area, Meadow, Shirt Front, South Slope, Happy Valley, North Slope, and North Basin - with a vertical drop of 580m.

Expert Skiing and Snowboarding

While the Platter serves the lower Meadow slope and the learners' area, the Meadow and Tasman rope tows offer a large area of both groomed and off-piste skiing. Apex tow is your lift of choice when it comes to exploring the hidden gems of Fox Peak, the North and South Basins. The latter, the Chute, the ski touring area, and the peak ascent are un-patrolled areas within the ski resort.

Suited for Beginners 

The beginner area is perfectly groomed and excellent for fist-timers and novices. Feel free to bring a toboggan and speed down the purpose-built slope. Shirt Front is great for advanced skiers looking for steep, fast, and challenging runs, while the Meadow caters for intermediate skiers and boarders. As its name implies, Happy Valley is home to the mountain's best snow conditions with sunny days en masse and soft powder.

Accommodation Lodge

The ski resort's on-mountain accommodation sits below the base area, halfway up the mountain access road. Fox Lodge offers five bunk rooms for a total of 40 snow addicts. Hot water showers, flush toilets, a laundry room, drying room and a dining room with a kitchen with gas appliances as well as an outdoor gas BBQ is what you get here. 


Interesting facts

  • The vertical drop from summit to base is 1969 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in New Zealand is 1545 ft. The highest point of the track is 6266 ft above sea level.
  • The day pass at Fox Peak Ski Area is NZD80 making it one of the 5 cheapest ski Resorts in New Zealand.

Snow Safety & Snowmaking



Fox Peak Ski Club
Flying Fox Peak
Boarding in Fox Peak
Fox Peak

Getting here

Sitting beneath Fox Peak just 40km from Fairlie, South Canterbury, Fox Peak Ski Area is accessible by all vehicles as long as chains are carried. From Timaru, head to Fairlie and turn right at the town monument. Turn left onto Clayton Road. From Christchurch turn right at Mt Michael and Farm Barn Café; keep on driving past Lake Opuha before you take a right at the monument intersection to Clayton Rd. Stay on Clayton Rd and take a left to enter the ski resort's access road entrance. The access road will take you up 15 km to the carpark at the base.

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last update on Sep 14, 2023
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Fox Peak Ski Club inc
PO Box 368
Timaru, New Zealand
Phone+64 (0) 3 685 8539


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Mountain Stats

Elevation4298 ft - 6266 ft
Capacity 2520 Persons/Hr.
Hours9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Total 5

Skiable Terrain

1236 acres
Green Circle
Blue Squared
Black Diamond
Double Diamond
Overall Slope Area 1236 acres
Number of Slopes 7

Weather (6266 ft)


1 day adult NZD80
1 day youth NZD45
1 day child NZD25
All rates & fees