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Mt Cheeseman
Resort Info

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Vital stats
3
no. of lifts
N/A
longest run
N/A
skiable area
1860m
Top Elevation
1540m
Base
320m
Vertical
N/A
average snowfall
Season
  • Expected Opening: 2019-07-06
  • Expected Closing: 2019-09-15
Terrain
15% Beginner
50% Intermediate
30% Advanced

Cheeseman is a friendly ski (club) area that promotes a fun, family environment in an alpine setting and is open to the public.

Mt Cheeseman tips:

It is the second closest ski area to Christchurch and boasts a sunny northeast basin with open rolling terrain. With great beginner and intermediate slopes, Mt Cheeseman is perfect for learners and families. Two T Bars give easy access to well-groomed gentle terrain with the Learners Tow located right beside the main lodge. Mt Cockayne offers great off-piste conditions and the face holds snow well.

For adventurers looking for untracked trails and off-piste experiences, Mt Cockayne offers challenging skiing and fantastic views of the Craigieburn Range. The Ridge T-bar also offers access to the back country for day trips. Please note that there is no ski patrol beyond the ski area boundary therefore you are entirely responsible for your own safety

You can choose to stay up on the mountain in Snowline Lodge or alternatively Forest Lodge, which is nestled in the Beech Forest and is an easy 5 minute drive in from SH 73. Cheeseman runs Ski Week holiday packages which include lift passes, accommodation, meals and lessons, stay for a week or just a couple of days.

Mt. Cheeseman Tips:

  1. If you are keen on a taste of backcountry, it is little effort to drop into Tarn Basin to get some fresh lines. You must check in with ski patrol if you intend on heading out of bounds, as Tarn Basin is not patrolled.
  2. Cheeseman offers a parent pass for $79, two full day lift passes for the price of one, for two parents with a toddler of three years or under.
Mt Cheeseman lifts & facilities
  • 2 x T-bars
  • 1 x Rope Tows
  • Ski school
  • Restaurant/cafe
  • Ski in/out lodging
  • Bar
  • Gear rental
Mt Cheeseman lift pass prices
Adult
2 Day
-
1 Day
$79
1/2 Day
$59
Learner
$10
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
$128
Student ()
2 Day
-
1 Day
$59
1/2 Day
$44
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Youth/Child (Under 18)
2 Day
-
1 Day
$39
1/2 Day
$29
Learner
$10
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
$78
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Child (under 11)
2 Day
free
1 Day
free
1/2 Day
free
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Senior (65-74yrs)
2 Day
-
1 Day
$39
1/2 Day
$29
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Super Senior (75+)
2 Day
free
1 Day
free
1/2 Day
free
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Adult
2 Day
-
1 Day
$79
1/2 Day
$59
Learner
$10
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
$128
Student ()
-
$59
$44
-
-
-
-
Youth/Child (Under 18)
-
$39
$29
$10
-
$78
-
Child (under 11)
free
free
free
-
-
-
-
Senior (65-74yrs)
-
$39
$29
-
-
-
-
Super Senior (75+)
free
free
free
-
-
-
-
Getting to Mt Cheeseman
Christchurch International Airport , 104 km
Closest major airport
Springfield , 46 km
Closest town
Gravel surface , 12 km
Access road
Chain hire
Mountain shuttle
Travelling west from Christchurch on State Highway 73, the Cheeseman access road is located approximately 1.5 km past Castle Hill village, or 99km from Christchurch. The entrance gate is located on the left just before the Broken River Bridge and is clearly marked and signposted prior to the turnoff.

The unsealed access road is 12km in length and makes its way across the flat farming land before heading into the native beech forest. The road then begins its short climb to the base area at 1540 metres where there is an unloading area for your convenience right beside the base facilities. The main carpark is located a few hundred metres below the unloading area – an easy 2 minute stroll to warm you up prior to hitting the slopes!