Cheeseman has a distinctive fun, family friendly atmosphere. Only a 90 minute drive from Christchurch on the Great Alpine Highway just past Castle Hill Village, the safe, well-maintained access road is suitable for 2WD vehicles with chains. You can drive right to the ski area where you will find diverse terrain for all abilities and loads of great facilities including a sunny day lodge with large wrap around decks.
The sunny deck out front is perfect to watch the on-slope action from. The learners rope tow is located immediately in front of the day lodge, so the deck is also a great spot to watch the kids once they’ve found their feet while you enjoy a hot coffee.
The main runs are accessed by two T-bar lifts and there are easy trails down, courtesy of extensive grooming and a freshly built easy track linking the upper and lower mountain. The top of the Main T-bar lift has plenty of wide open groomed slopes ideal for building your confidence. The Ridge T-bar lift takes you to the top offering challenging off-piste skiing with spectacular views. For the adventurous, the Ridge T-Bar lift also offers access to Tarn Basin, a popular touring option outside the ski area boundary for backcountry enthusiasts.
Ski Area Stats & Map
Cheeseman has great facilities with three Lodges – the Day Lodge, Snowline Lodge and Forest Lodge.
Terrain: Beginner 15% Intermediate 50% Advanced 35%
Lifts: 2x T-Bars, Learner Lifts, 1x Rope Tow
Top Elevation 1860m, Bottom Elevation 1540m
Main Runs Groomed
Skiable Terrain: 50 Hectares
Gear Hire & Ski School
You can hire ski & snowboard gear on the Mountain. Learn to ski / snowboard or simply Improve your technique with Internationally qualified instructors for individual or group lessons.
2WD with chains when required
Day Pass Rates: All Lifts
Youth <18: $39
U10 & 75+: Free
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to a night at Cheeseman.
You can stay on the field in the Snowline Lodge which offers ski-in ski-out accommodation. Enjoy a hot shower before relaxing in the lounge while your meals are cooked by the chef.
Snowline Lodge Prices (per night)
Alternatively, there’s Forest Lodge a self-catered backpacker accommodation option nestled in the forest at the bottom of the access road. Here you’ll find one of Cheeseman’s awesome draw cards – the ice skating rink!
Forest Lodge Prices (per night)
Accommodation Phone Number +64 3 318 8794
Excellent terrain for learning
Uncrowded open slopes
Ice skating rink at Forest Lodge