What's Happening at The Chill Mountains

We have created this page to keep you up to date with what is happening at all 12 ski areas on the Chill Season and Travel Passes. Updated weekly, read on for the latest news from the mountains. You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive updates straight to your inbox. 

22 August Update:

We are well in to the swing of the season now with all the ski areas on the Chill Pass open and enjoying fantastic conditions. Another weekend storm brought fresh snow clearing to bluebird, we don't ask for much but when we get it we get STOKED! Now is a great time to stay in the mountains and hunt out those fresh lines, plenty for everyone especially those keen to earn those turns. 

Planning to head outside the ski area boundaries? Check out the Avalanche Advisory site for up to date information or to submit your own observation: avalanche.net.nz.

If you're keen on to check out the ski areas on this page with the Chill Pass you can read more about our pass options here. You can also use the Travel Pass at Christchurch Adventure Park.

Scroll down for the latest posts from the mountains. 


Conditions are looking great at Rainbow. It is snowing today & the mountain is open with 10cm of freshies already!  

Hanmer Springs Ski Area

Hanmer Springs are open for 2019! Wahoo, it's a good time to head on up.

Mt Lyford

Mt Lyford received a good amount of snow through the weekend and is looking great! All lifts are open and we hear there are still some freshies to be had on the lower rope tow, sweet.


Conditions are epic at Porters right now! Main groomed trails are fantastic and there are pockets of powder to get in to off-piste.

Mt Cheeseman

Happy Birthday Cheeseman! The club celebrated the official 90th Birthday on Monday after a busy weekend of schools racing. Head on up and help the celebrations continue.

Broken River

Broken River have been enjoying an awesome August too. Unfortunately the tram will not be back in action this season, here's an update on the gear shuttle:

"The shuttle will run daily for the next two weeks - leaving Hanomag carpark at 9.30 am, so if you arrive early leave your gear in the designated spot and it will taken up to the corner on the road above Lyndon Lodge & the Ticket Office around 10:00 am. Check the daily snow report to see if the shuttle is running if you are unsure. The walk from the carpark to the lodges is around 20 to 25 minutes. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear. Thank you for your patience!".

Craigieburn Valley

How good is the video from the Craigieburn crew?!

Temple Basin

All terrain is open at Temple Basin with deep powder skiing & great conditions. Big weekend coming up, check it out below!

Mt Olympus

Mt Olympus is just getting better and better too! Check out their Facebook page for details on the Curling Day coming up on the 24th of August.

Fox Peak

Great news Fox Peak are going to be open every day next week. Sunday was awesome with freshy lines all day for the few that headed up. 

Mt Dobson

It was another epic powder day Sunday at Mt Dobson! Awesome coverage & superb skiing.


A few turns were had up at Awakino in the weekend with the main tow running, sweet. 

Photo of the Lodge deck at the start of June! 

The Awakino Lodge deck 1 June2

The Chill Pass

Chill Passes allow you to ski at up to 12 ski areas across the South Island. The flexibility to ski in the Waitaki, Mackenzie, Canterbury, Kaikoura and Nelson Lakes Districts is what makes the Chill Pass truly New Zealand's ultimate multi-mountain ski and snowboard pass. There are two types of passes, the Season Pass with unlimited access during the season, and the Travel Pass with a set number of clips for skiing and non-ski day options.

The Chill Mountains

In 2019 The Chill6 accesses the 6 Ski Areas in the Selwyn District;  Porters, Cheeseman, Broken River, Craigieburn Valley, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.

The Chill12 accesses the six ski areas above plus Rainbow, Hanmer Springs, Mt Lyford, Fox Peak, Mt Dobson and Awakino.

The Chill Travel Pass accesses the 12 mountains on the Chill12 Pass as well as Christchurch Adventure Park. Up to two clips on the Chill Travel Pass can be used at Porters and/or CAP.