Methven Ski Packages
Methven may look small on the map, but the skiing and snowboarding variety packed into the surrounding area in Canterbury New Zealand offers spectacular scenery and a great variety of skiing and snowboarding on alpine terrain. Our local guides can show you ‘how it’s done’ and ensure that your experience is as fun & comfortable as possible.
1 hour drive from Christchurch rests the ski resort town of Methven, New Zealand. Mt Hutt is the closest and most well known resort to Methven, and the nearby club fields of Mt Olympus, Porters, Mt Cheeseman, Broken River and Cragieburn are all hidden gems. The best Heli Skiing in NZ is on offer here in the Arrowsmith Range – steep, fast and exciting, a favourite for everyone from high intermediate to pro.
Take in the eclectic haberdashery of Primo Cafe in the morning and finish it off with a jug on the deck at the iconic Blue Pub. You’ll always have a good time and meet all the locals. If you’re in town for an All Blacks game head to the Blue! The skifields listed below not only include Mt Hutt – the closest resort to Methven, but also the Clubfields – for those wishing to experience true kiwi ski culture we like to call poor mans heli and earn your turns, an experience you will never forget.
Season: June – October
Terrain: Beginners 25%, Intermediates 50%, Advanced 25% (excludes Rakaia Saddle Chutes)
Lift system: 1 High Speed Six Seater, 1 Quad, 1 Triple, 1 Magic Carpet
Longest run: International – 2km
Average Snowfall: 4m/season
Terrain Parks: 4 terrain parks
Well we shouldn’t say much, apart from this is the “playground of the gods”. The Mt Olympus ski area is a south-facing basin set high in the Craigieburn Range – perfect for trapping dry champagne powder dumps! Mt Olympus has 450m of vertical drop over 60 hectares (150 acres) of varied terrain, which provides skiing and riding from beginner to extreme. Four high-capacity rope tows (nutcrackers) transport you speedily up the slopes to maximize your powder day. So if you are looking for anything from “Steep and Deep” to gentle learner’s slopes overlooked by the accommodation lodge, look no further.
An amazing anti resort coupled with an atmosphere that’s second to none! Where else in the world could you do 5 days of work as a club member and get a free season pass! They will have lunch for you if you phone up and then pay $15 when you get there, you can stay the night and share some of the best stories with like minded individuals and remember to take your boardies or bikini for the hot tub! They have the best coffee, the best beers, the best home cooked food and the best and cheapest cocktails around, order your self a ‘trashcan’ or a bohemian ale to finish your day!
You cannot hire gear, it’s an advanced mountain with no groomed runs, what we like to call “wrinkle free”. I can’t say anymore, just come with us to poor mans heli, Mt Olympus.
If you’re an adventurous skier or snowbaorder, a trip to Craigieburn is a must. Known for being one of NZ’s most challenging ski fields, Craigieburn has some of the best terrain, from steep narrow chutes to wide open bowls. With no beginner terrain, no ski rental and no groomers, you come here for the true essence of skiing & boarding, its more of a fuller serviced backcountry experience.
Run by the non profit Cragieburn Valley ski club, with accommodation on the hill you can share your stories after a big day with all the other powder addicts.
Broken River Ski Area, located in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, boasts some of New Zealand’s best off-piste, soft-snow skiing and snowboarding. We offer fantastic terrain for all levels of skiers and boarders, on-mountain accommodation, uncrowded powder basins and chutes, and – the best part – a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Be part of this unique experience. Come to “BR” and enjoy New Zealand club skiing at its best.
Five electric rope tows service two large bowls, Broken River Basin and Allan’s Basin, which have fantastic off-piste terrain for everyone. BR has some great terrain and is sheltered by many of the prevailing winds due to the shape of the bowls, great snow be had all year with an environment of an extended “family” of all ages and backgrounds drawn together by a passion for fun in the snow, the mountain environment and the thrill of a good powder run. It is of course more than just the skiing and the great terrain – it’s about the friendly atmosphere and sharing your fun with other keen people. A hidden gem, the soul of skiing, snowboarders paradise and a very special place. Just a few terms to describe Broken River.
A long time favourite of Christchurch residents and a recent chairlift upgrade, Porters is a perfect fit for novices through to the advanced. Long groomed runs, snowmaking and a terrain park, Porters has something for everyone. Great facilities with families and convenience in mind Porters easily caters with its 230 hectares and short access road.
Big Mama boasts a leg burning 680m vertical drop and Porters also gives access to some amazing backcountry and stunning views to Lake Coleridge and Mt Olympus from the top ridge. A long powder run awaits those that put in the effort.
Cheeseman is located on the Alpine Highway in between Porters and Broken River, not far form Castle Hill Village and only 90mins from Christchurch. With T bars to get to the top, a nice café with wrap around decks, the licensed Cockayne Café has gear for hire and plenty of storage and tables for a picnic with the family. Mt Cheeseman has some of the best beginner and intermediate terrain coupled with great value and uncrowded sunny slopes.