30 Day Itinerary
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself on a month long holiday there is plenty of terrain to explore in the Selwyn Six to keep you busy for 30 days.
Selwyn is unique in that it offers awesome skiing and riding, without the crowds. You will experience a beautiful high country alpine environment and warm hospitality.
August and September are the best months to book in a 30 day adventure, August is usually when the big snowfalls happen so you can score those coveted powder days and as the weather starts to calm and warm up in September the spring skiing is not to be missed.
A good option for a pass that gives 30 days of skiing is the Chill 30 Day Pass. This covers all six of the Ski Selwyn Six mountains as well as a few others in the South Island.
If you’re in need of transport you’ll want to rent a 4WD with chains. There is also the option to be picked up from Christchurch airport by Smylies Transport. They offer daily transport to Porters from Christchurch and Springfield.
For accommodation, you can’t beat waking up on a mountain in the morning, enjoying a hearty breakfast before a full day of fun and coming back to warm yourself by a roaring fire while someone else cooks dinner. You can book to stay at each of the six ski areas for five days at a time, to soak up the unique atmosphere of each and ensure you get to make the most of each.
If you’re keener on having the flexibility to wake up and decide where to go each day, there are a number of great off-mountain accommodation options. Castle Hill is a good option to rent a house for 30 days. If you’re on a backpacker budget check out Forest Lodge and Flock Hill Station.
If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding or just want to warm up after some time off the snow it is best to start your 30 days at Porters or Cheeseman where there are some great groomed runs and easy access to the lifts. From here you’ll easily find the confidence to head for the rope-tow accessed terrain of the other ski areas.
A lesson is recommended if you’re not used to skiing or riding ungroomed powder, or if you want expert help on getting started using the rope tows at Broken River, Craigieburn, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.
To explore the backcountry, consider booking a guided trip. Anna Keeling Guiding, together with Chill Adventures have an option called the Craigieburn Haute Route which takes you across the tops from Craigieburn to Mt Olympus, you will see the entire range and link basins between ski areas - with riding on all aspects over a five day tour.
A 30 Day adventure in Selwyn will be one you will remember for a lifetime.