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Mount Cheeseman is the second closest ski area to Christchurch. The ski field is a sunny east to south east basin with open rolling terrain. With great beginner and intermediate slopes, Mount Cheeseman is perfect for learners and families. Two T Bars give easy access to well groomed gentle terrain and the Learners Tow is located right beside the main lodge.
The grooming staff also make an awesome pipe and series of jumps in their terrain park.
Mt Cheeseman has two accommodation lodges. Snowline Lodge, right on the field, offers ski holiday packages including a bed, 3 meals, lift pass and lesson, whilst Forest Lodge, 6km down the access road in the beech forest, operates as a backpackers’ hostel on a bed-only basis with modern kitchen facilities. Ice-skating is available at Forest Lodge from late June/July, dependant on conditions. The laid-back, relaxed style of Mt Cheeseman makes it easy to join in with après-ski activities and enjoy every moment from sunrise to sunset.
The Mt Cheeseman turnoff is well labelled on the left, about 10km from the top of Porters Pass.
The access road is an unsealed road that crosses open tussock grassland leading to a pleasant drive through mountain beech forest and then continues up through high alpine terrain. A convenient unloading area is available right at the base area, with the main car park a short distance away.