Craigieburn Valley Ski Area is located on State Highway 73 between Springfield and Arthurs Pass (check out directions). Situated on the north western end of the Craigieburn Range, the ski area encompases two large basins which recieve snowfall predominantly from easterly storm systems, as well as large westerly systems which make it over the main divide. Unique to the ski area is the large amount of intermediate to advanced terrain encompassing a number of aspects and elevations, so there is always plenty of skiing available in any conditions. The quality of terrain which is tow accessed or by a short traverse is equal to some of the best in the world.
While the terrain is more suited for the intermediate to advanced skier / boader, a competent beginner with a determined attitude will learn alot in a day at Craigieburn. Many kids have grown up here, and their skills on the snow speaks volumes.
Please note that there are NO ski-hire facilities on the mountain.
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Hiking and Ski Touring
Craigieburn is world famous for its many hiking and ski-touring opportunities that lie beyond the patrolled area, including quick trips to Castle or North Middle Basin, both of which can be skied out to the lodge or to the access road 15 minutes walk from the access tow. Ski touring options further to North Middle or into Allan’s Basin or Broken River are often possible or full day or overnight trips see the New Zealand Alpine Club article on these trips here.
Travel in groups, know your Snowcraft, wear avalanche transceivers, and consult the Skifield manager or field staff before departing. You MUST obey closures.
Three high capacity rope tows service a vertical rise of 500m. Terrain at Craigieburn Valley is varied, exciting and challenging with the infamous 600m vertical descent of Middle basin (which is often compared to a heliskiing experience) accessible by an easy traverse from the tow.