Bring Your Mates
If you are looking for a unique adventure with your mates this winter, check out Craigieburn Valley Ski Area. This spot offers some incredible intermediate to advanced terrain, with the added bonus of ski-in, ski-out lodging. Craigieburn is the place to go if you’re looking to do something different and challenging with your mates, away from any hustle and bustle.
The ski area consists of two large basins that encompass a diverse range of intermediate and advanced terrain from wide open powder bowls to steep and technical chutes. The terrain on offer is equal to some of the best in the world. The two rope tows here can be a little tricky to master but with a few goes you’ll soon be heading skyward with ease.
Craigieburn is a natural snow trap and holds snow well, even in lean snow years. Craigieburn Valley normally receives snow from most storm systems, but when a westerly storm hits it can dump over a metre in one hit. This place is renowned for rowdy terrain and is an entirely off-piste skiers and boarders paradise.
Craigieburn’s Whakamaru Day Lodge sits on a knife-edge ridge overlooking Middle Basin and Hamilton Peak, providing one of the finest views of any alpine building in New Zealand. The lodge provides both shelter from a storm and, on a fine day, a sunny deck where you can enjoy lunch, including the famous ‘Craigieburger’ and plenty of light refreshments. This is the perfect place to relax with your mates during the day and take some epic photos.
For après ski and overnighting, the Koroheke Lodge is set at the base of the field among the beautiful native beech forest. You can choose either a 6-person bunkroom or one of the private rooms (offered in double or single). If you are looking for a bit more privacy, Matuhi Lodge lies a short 20 meters away with all-private accommodations.
Make sure you check out the “Craigieburn Valley Ski Area” Facebook to keep up to date with their event calendar for the season. There are always some fun days and nights planned where you’ll be bound to make new mates as well.