Set within one of New
Zealands favourite holiday resorts is a small club field
that has much more to offer than just a wonderful days
Hanmer Springs ski field is
only a 40 minute drive by car or shuttle bus from the Hanmer
Springs Thermal Resort, New Zealands best alpine spa, and
one of the South Islands main tourist attractions. Oh, the pure
luxury of lying back in a hot mineral pool after an energetic day
on the slopes. If you prefer après ski with attitude rather aqua
therapy in the pool, Thrillseekers Gorge, just minutes away
from the springs has top-line adrenalin action in jet boating,
rafting and bungy jumping.
The ski field is situated in a
high basin under Mt Patrick in the St James Range, with a high
point of 1,770 metres and a skiable area of 52 hectares. The
season runs from July to September, and the snow ratings are 10%
beginner, 60% intermediate and 30% advanced. Access to the ski
runs is by way of one of the longest poma lifts in New Zealand,
and two rope tows, which run from dawn to dusk.
The groomed snow runs are
suitable for skiers and boarders at all stages, but intermediates
in particular will discover a mountain of fun on the back
run and the virgin powder run. There is great
snowboarding too, with both natural and groomed half-pipe riding
options. Ski hire and instruction is available, and there is a
centrally heated day lodge for rest and relaxation between runs.
On-field accommodation consists of family rooms and bunkrooms in
the Robinson lodge, which is extremely good value. So is waking
at dawn with snow right at your doorstep.
Hanmer Springs is a total
holiday package. You have endless choices. At the
Springs you choose whatever combo you want - hot
pools, rest, recreation, adventure or skiing yer heart