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.
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.
- 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.
- Fox Peak Ski Area features 23 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in New Zealand is 17 sunny days. August is the sunniest month with an average of 9 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 10 sunniest in New Zealand.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
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.