Cheeseman has a distinctive family friendly atmosphere as well as offering diverse terrain for all abilities and loads of great facilities. The main runs are accessed by 2 T-bars lifts and there are easy trails down courtesy of extensive grooming.  

Cheeseman has a distinctive fun, family friendly atmosphere. Only a 90 minute drive from Christchurch on the Great Alpine Highway just past Castle Hill Village, the safe, well-maintained access road is suitable for 2WD vehicles with chains. You can drive right to the ski area where you will find diverse terrain for all abilities and loads of great facilities including: a sunny day lodge with large wrap around decks; the licenced Cockayne Café; ticket office; gear hire; and plenty of storage for bags etc.

The sunny deck out front is perfect to watch the on-slope action from. The learners rope tow is located immediately in front of the day lodge, so the deck is also a great spot to watch the kids once they’ve found their feet while you enjoy a fresh espresso coffee.

The main runs are accessed by two T-bar lifts and there are easy trails down, courtesy of extensive grooming and a freshly built easy track linking the upper and lower mountain. The top of the Main T-bar lift has plenty of wide open groomed slopes ideal for building your confidence. The Ridge T-bar lift takes you to the top offering challenging off-piste skiing with spectacular views. For the adventurous, the Ridge T-Bar lift also offers access to Tarn Basin, a popular touring option outside the ski area boundary for backcountry enthusiasts.

Gear Hire & Ski School

You can hire ski & snowboard gear on the Mountain. Learn to ski / snowboard or simply Improve your technique with Internationally qualified instructors for individual or group lessons. Click here for more details.


Cheeseman has great facilities with three Lodges – the Day Lodge, Snowline Lodge and Forest Lodge. More info about prices and bookings are on

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You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to a night at Cheeseman.

Snowline Lodge

You can stay on the field in the Snowline Lodge which offers ski-in ski-out accommodation. Enjoy a hot shower before relaxing in the lounge while your meals are cooked by the chef.

Snowline Lodge Prices

Adult: $99

Student: $79

Youth: $69,

Child: $59 

Forest Lodge

Alternatively, there’s Forest Lodge a self-catered backpacker accommodation option nestled in the forest at the bottom of the access road. Here you’ll find one of Cheeseman’s trump cards – the ice skating rink!  

Forest Lodge Prices

Adult: $30

Student: $24

Youth: $18

Child: $15

Contact Info

Accommodation Phone Number +64 3 318 8794

Book on the Cheeseman website here:

Chill Pass Offer

Non-Ski Day Offer: Anytime Pass Holders can also use the pass to stay on the mountain. Find out more here.

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Ski Area Stats













Main Lifts


2x T-Bars

Learner Lifts


1x Rope Tow

Terrain Park


Rails and jumps




Top Elevation



Bottom Elevation





Main Runs Groomed

Skiable Terrain


50 Hectares







Ski/Board Hire








2WD with chains when required




Day Pass Rates
















U10 & 75+





Draw Cards


Family friendly



Excellent terrain for learning



Uncrowded open slops



Ice rink