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Ski Resort Ohau Snowfields in the Mount Cook Nationalpark and Mackenzie District: Position on map

Ohau Snowfields Ski Resort

Trail Map Ohau Snowfields
© Ohau Snow Fields and Lake Ohau Lodge

The Ski Resort

Skiing right into Lake Ohau - at least that is what it seems like.
Skiing right into Lake Ohau - at least that is what it seems like. © New Zealand Ski Tourism Marketing Network

A small family-run business, Ohau Snow Fields is located in the foothills of New Zealand's Southern Alps, close to the shore of the lake of the same name, 4 hours south of Christchurch and 3 hours north of Dunedin. The region around Lake Ohau is endowed with reliable snow in winter and long daylight hours in summer. Catering for all skills and levels of skiing and snowboarding, Ohau Snow Fields' wide flat slopes enable most skiers to cruise down comfortably and at ease.

Lifts and Terrain

Ohau boasts 20% beginner terrain, 50% intermediate terrain and another 30% terrain for advanced skiers and riders, a vertical drop of 400m, and a total lift capacity of 2,295 people per hour. A platter lift, a chairlift, and a magic carpet will get you up the mountain in like no time. The local snow school offers skiing and snowboarding instruction programs. Friendly instructors will be happy to help to learn how to speed down the slopes. Two terrain parks, one for newbies, one for intermediate/advanced skiers and boarders, make for great variety after a day on the slopes.

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Interesting facts

  • The vertical drop from summit to base is 1312 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 5988 ft.
  • Snow coverage is usually best during August, offering an average snow depth of 47 " at summit elevation and 27 " at the base.
  • Ohau Snowfields features 21 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in New Zealand is 22 sunny days. August is the sunniest month with an average of 10 sunny days.

Snow Safety & Snowmaking

Snow Making Machines: 30
Average snow depth of the last years (Summit)
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Videos

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Ski Ohau Video - Waitaki NZ
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Ohau Snow Fields - Waitaki, New Zealand
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Kicking off Season Training | Ohau, NZ | S2 E1
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Women's Alpine Team Trains at Ohau Snow Fields

Infrastructure & Rental

Skischools

Number of Skischools: 1
Number of Snowboard Schools: 1

Number of Ski Rental

Ski Rental
Snowboard Rental

Getting here

Ohau Snow Fields is 320km south of Christchurch and 275km north of Dunedin. Turn off the main highway 8 between Twizel and Omarama. The Lake Ohau Lodge at the mountain base 30 minutes from Twizel/Omarama; the Snow Field is another 15 minutes from the Lodge.

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last update on May 6, 2024
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Mountain Stats

Elevation4675 ft - 5988 ft
Opening DayJun 29, 2024
Closing DayOct 6, 2024
Capacity 1195 Persons/Hr.
Hours9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lifts

3
1
1
1
Total 3

Skiable Terrain

309 acres
Easy
Green Circle
Moderate
Blue Squared
Advanced
Black Diamond
Extreme
Double Diamond
Overall Slope Area 309 acres

Weather (5988 ft)

Rates

NZD129
1 day adult NZD129
1 day youth NZD88
1 day child NZD53
All rates & fees