Cheeseman is the king of the famous Kiwi club ski fields, offering the benefits of very affordable ski in/ski out snow holidays without the need to ride the infamous “nutcracker” rope tows at other nearby areas like Craigieburn and Broken River.
They even have grooming machines, and the exceptional value experience Cheeseman offers is one that more and more aussies are waking up to.
Only a 90 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport (shuttle pick ups are available to add on to packages), the safe, well-maintained access road allows you to drive right to the lifts, and even better, the ski in/ski out accommodation at Cheeseman.
Unlike the other club fields, here the diverse terrain is 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. It’s an ideal learn to ski area, while Mt Cockayne offers challenging off-piste with spectacular views and back country access for incredible day trips.
“When put to the family vote everyone always wanted to keep coming back to Cheeseman!” says regular Aussie visitor Richard Ponsford, “The resort has such a great relaxed feel and all the staff were really friendly.”
It’s a comment typical of the experience an increasing number of Aussies are discovering.
Burying the myth there’s no ski in/ski out in NZ, and that ski in/ski out has to cost an arm and a leg, Cheeseman’s Snowline Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in 4 and 6 bunk rooms (book a room out for private use). The ski week package of 7 days lift passes, 6 night’s accommodation, 5 group lessons, 4 Cheeseman Treats, 3 meals a day, and if required 2 airport transfers (additional charge) goes from (all rates NZD non-members) $999 adults, $499 kids 3 – 10. If you have less time nightly packages with 3 meals are an amazing $99, and day passes $79. Or buy a season pass by May 31st for $479 and pay $579 shoulder/$646 high season for the ski week. Discounts for students over 18, youth 10-17, kids 3-10, and members.
If you’re cruising around NZ in a Jucy Campervan you can rock into the backpaker style Forest Lodge, set in beautiful Antarctic beech forest 11km down the road, from $15 a night. When it’s cold enough, go ice skating and curling on the open-air rink and toast marshmallows there.
Snowline’s Kea Kids Club is available on family ski weeks, including daily child supervision in the afternoons and evenings. Or over 18’s can book on the adults only Fine Wine week.
Facilities include a sunny day lodge with large wrap around decks, ski hire, ski school, and ski patrol.
The licensed bar/cafe makes for some old school shared experiences aprés ski high up in the wilds of the Craigieburn Range that’s a million miles from the bustle and crowds in Queenstown, on and off the slopes.
And even better, it’s fall out of bunk onto snow here..