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Just over 2 hours from Christchurch, surrounded by mountains, it could be another world away. Hanmer Springs Ski Area is situated on Mt. St. Patrick, 1850m, and is an easy 40 minutes drive from the alpine thermal holiday resort of Hanmer Springs. In a good season with lots of snow there is some fabulous skiing. The ski runs cater for all stages of skiers, but especially anyone of intermediate grade who'll literally discover a mountain of fun! While all the main runs are groomed there's still plenty of virgin snow left for the experts and the more adventurous to enjoy.
Hanmer Springs Ski Area has 10% Beginner, 60% Intermediate and 30% Advanced slopes. It is not a big field but it is made up of three basins and thus has a variety of terrain which has something for everyone.
Access to the runs is by way of one of the longest poma lifts in the country and two rope tows. These run virtually from dawn to dusk, until most of the skiers have more than exhausted all the opportunities. Why should we cut someone's fun short? The Ski Area is run by the Amuri Ski Club (Inc.) and one of the beauties of a club rather than a commercial field is that the only timetable we have to adhere to is our own. Another advantage is that tow fees are very reasonable because we want people to be able to afford to ski.
A shuttle runs daily from Hanmer Springs township.
Hanmer Springs Ski Area is a club field and offers really great deals for members, from super discounted day and season passes, and amazingly affordable accommodation on field.