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Selwyn Times: April 07, 2017

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18 selwyn district residents' guide 2017 With six ski fields within the Selwyn region, hitting the slopes each season is easy. Ski fields range in terrain so there is a ski field close-by to suit your ability. Five of the six ski fields are on State Highway 73 and are supported by the townships nearby. Here you will find accommodation in a variety of styles to fit all budgets or just get up early and make it a day trip. Be sure to take chains Each ski field offers different events, so check out the websites or www.skiselwynsix.co.nz to find out more. Porters Porters is suitable for everyone with terrific learner slopes and mountain terrain for the more experienced. A brand new four-seater chair lift, t-bars, platter lift and magic carpet means skiers of all levels can access where they need to go. A snowsports school offers professional lessons, there is a full equipment and rental service as well as a licenced café. www.skiporters.co.nz 03 318 4002 info@skiporters.co.nz Mt Olympus If you love back country skiing off-piste, then Mt Olympus has your name written all over it. The ski area is high in the Cragieburn Range and offers skiing for all abilities. There are learners’ slopes and serious runs for those boarders and skiers who love the thrill of advanced runs with access via tow ropes. This is a family friendly, affordable option for those who love adventure on the snow. www.mtolympus.co.nz 03 318 5840 info@mtolympus.co.nz Cheeseman Groomed runs and off-piste terrain means Cheeseman is suitable for all members of the family. Mt Cockayne is an incredible experience for those looking for a challenging adventure as well as breath taking views of the Craigeburn Range. T-bar lifts and tow-ropes provide access to all areas. For those brave enough, The Cheeseman Undie 500 is held in September. www.mtcheeseman.co.nz 03 344 3247 ski@mtcheeseman.co.nz Broken River Located in the Southern Alps, Broken Hill is a ski field suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers who access the slopes via tow ropes. Here you will find some of New Zealand’s top off piste skiing and snow boarding as well as accommodation on-mountain. It also has a tram operating from the car park in the morning and then to take skiers and boarders down again in the afternoon. www.brokenriver.co.nz 03 318 8713 info@brokenriver.co.nz Craigieburn selwyn snow fun Craigieburn is located in the Southern Alps and is a noncommercial ski field for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders. The ski field has wide open powder bowls, steep narrow chutes and uncrowded runs and markets itself - “where the ups are good and the downs are even better”. Terrain at Craigieburn Valley is varied with the infamous 600m vertical descent of Middle basin accessible by an easy traverse from the tow. www.craigieburn.co.nz 03 318 8711 ski@craigieburn.co.nz Temple Basin The beauty of Arthur’s Pass National Park combined with wonderful snow and amazing conditions means visitors often say Temple Basin is the best skiing or boarding experience they ever had. Most of the terrain off the lifts is suitable for intermediate skiers and boarders. Expert snow sliders prepared to hike will score limitless big mountain lines. Tow ropes give access to runs but for a unique and challenging experience go off-piste. www.templebasin.co.nz 03 377 7788 info@templebasin.co.nz

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