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Craigieburn Ski Resort Guide

Craigieburn, New Zealand

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers.
Highest Lift1,811m
Resort Height1,308m
 Nearest AirportsChristchurch and Hokitika
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Craigieburn Valley Ski Area, located in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, has achieved cult status amongst NZ's hottest skiers. Steep deep and cheap it features wide open powder bowls, steep narrow chutes and when you come off the hill at the end of a big day you can kick back in the bar at our cosy alpine lodge. Craigieburn is situated 1.5 hrs (110km) from Christchurch on highway 73. The 6 kilometre road up to the Skifield winds gently up through picturesque beech forest and is accessible for all motor vehicles (except camper vans which can be parked at the base of the access road). The centre offers a common lift pass with nearby Broken River which can be accessed on skis (10 minute walk required). The area provides exciting skiing and 'boarding and is not recommended for beginner skiers, beginner/intermediate snowboarders. Club members get preferential rates.


The New Zealand ski resort of Craigieburn is at an altitude of 1,308m.

Craigieburn has direct access to 25 marked pistes, served by a total of 3 ski lifts.


Craigieburn offers good sking, particularly, for Expert skiers.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Craigieburn?

The next notable snow forecast is 11cm, expected on 25 September, with around 38cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow Forecast by day for Craigieburn

Ski Area Stats

Craigieburn Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Craigieburn Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,811m
Lowest Piste1,308m
Resort Altitude (Craigieburn)1,308m
Max Vertical503m


Not suitable for beginner boarders, great for everyone else.

Location and Map

Where is Craigieburn?

This ski resort is in Selwyn, Canterbury, New Zealand.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Craigieburn is Christchurch, 103 minutes drive away.

Hokitika airport is also within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The three ski lifts are able to uplift 2,400 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Craigieburn open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Craigieburn, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Craigieburn Tourist Office for the latest.