The Ski Resort
Situated in New Zealand's South Island, Mount Cheeseman is a ski resort near Springfield, about 1.5 hrs from Christchurch (99km). Promoting a fun family environment, the ski area boasts both groomed runs and off-piste terrain catering for all abilities. Two T-bar lifts provide access to the whole mountain; plus, there is a learners' rope tow in the beginner area. With a distribution of 15% beginner slopes, 50% intermediate, and another 35% advanced slopes, the runs cover an elevation range of 1.570-1.840m, which equals a vertical drop of 270m.
Mt Cockayne offers demanding terrain, breathtaking views of the Craigieburn Range and is best suited for adventurers and snow addicts looking for unpatrolled trails and backcountry experiences. Keep in mind that you are responsible for your own safety when crossing the ski area boundaries.
Accommodation & Lodges
Moreover, the ski resort has great facilities with its three lodges. The Day Lodge is your go-to when you're feeling hungry and are in the need of taming your sweet tooth. A variety of home-made dishes, hot snacks and drinks are served by the licensed Cockayne Café. Ski-in/ski-out accommodation awaits you at the Snowline Lodge, where your meals are catered. The Forest Lodge is a little off the beaten track: Located 6 km from the ski area, this lodge accommodates 38 people.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 984 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in New Zealand is 1545 ft. The high point of the ski resort is located at an elevation of 6135 ft.
- Snow coverage is usually best during August, offering an average snow depth of 51 " at summit elevation and 18 " at the base.
- Mt Cheeseman features 22 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in New Zealand is 19 sunny days. July is the sunniest month with an average of 8 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 10 sunniest in New Zealand.
Infrastructure & Rental
Traveling west from Christchurch on State Highway 73, the Cheeseman access road is situated approximately 1.5 km past Castle Hill Village (99km from Christchurch). The entrance gate to the 12km long access road is on the left right before the Broken River Bridge. Signposting and marking prior to turnoff is unmissable.