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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. Craigieburn has wide open powder bowls, steep narrow chutes, and an infamous 600 meter vertical drop in the Middle basin (an experience often equated with heliskiing). There is no terrain for beginner skiers and ski hire facilities on the mountain. Craigieburn is located 1.5 hrs (110km) from Christchurch on highway 73.
Projected Opening Ski Season: 06/29/2013
Projected Closing Ski Season: 10/06/2013
Years Open: 13
Average Snowfall: 350"
Craigieburn is a gift from the snow gods. Found in the Craigieburn Ranges of the Southern Alps a ninety minute drive from Christchurch International airport in New Zealand. Don't expect any big... [! full_review