About the Craigieburn Haute Route

Chamonix has the big famous tour with telepheriques, gondolas and lodges. Broken River has a funicular railway designed by an engineer club member! Assisted by a professional mountain guide, the tour starts at Craigieburn ski area and travels over the mountain peaks to Mt Olympus. The Craigieburns serve up a great tour between ski areas. You’ll see the entire range and link basins between ski areas - with riding on all aspects.

No need to carry a heavy overnight pack -  each Ski Club has lodge accommodation that includes dinner, bed and breakfast.  We will use tows each morning to access the tops. Experience the unique culture of Canterbury’s club fields while touring between them.

The Craigieburn Haute Route, in association with Anna Keeling Guiding,  is proving to be our signature trip. Numbers are limited.  Don’t miss out.

“We’re stoked to be offering the Craigieburn Haute Route, not only will the terrain offer some superb skiing, each of the club fields and mountain lodges are unique. This is a great way to get a taste of the atmosphere of club skiing and mountain environment” says Chill’s owner Stu Waddel.

Day 1: Spend a day skiing Craigieburn Valley ski area, getting used to conditions, familiarizing yourself with your equipment and learning to ride the rope tows.  Travel across to Broken River, Allan’s Basin links the two ski areas to provide a large backcountry ski playground. Stay at Broken River.

Day 2: Use Broken River lifts to begin the tour to Cheeseman ski field.  Depending on conditions it is possible to ski west face corn or southeast facing powder from Mt Wall.  Stay at Cheeseman’s high Snowline lodge.

Day 3: Ride Cheeseman lifts back to the ridge and ski classic Tarn Basin, cross Mt Cheese(person) and the grand Ryton basin to Mt Olympus and the Mt Olympus ski area.  Stay at the Top Lodge of Mt Olympus and enjoy New Zealand’s highest hot tub.

Day 4: Use lifts to tour to Mt Olympus back country.  Conditions allowing, we can ski out of the Ryton Basin - a basin that nearly became a ski area in the 1980’s.

This tour can also be reversed and may be preferable in this direction, depending on snow conditions.

"If you've ever looked up at the Craigieburn Range and wondered what it would be like to explore them - the Haute Route is the perfect opportunity. Great powder, huge runs and stunning vistas are just the start.

Anna's substantial experience and technical ability is one thing; but her effortless ability to create a team from an unlikely collection of big personalities is reassuring and impressive. Coupled with Stu's natural tendency to 'keep an eye out' for everyone  creates a dynamic where friendships are kindled.

For me, the most significant aspect of the adventure is the on-going growth in those friendships." - Hop.
2019 Dates

HR 3: 25-28 August 4 days - Booked
HR 4: 31 Aug -3 Sept 4 days - Booked
HR 5: 3 - 6 Sept 4 days - Booked

NEW HR 6: 9 - 12 Sept 4 days - Spaces Available

2019 Price & Booking

4 Day $1895/person

Customised tour also available. Cost is inclusive of: transfers, lift access, guide, accommodation, and food.

Maximum group size: 5

This trip is for people who have ski toured previously. If you are a strong skier or boarder who has not yet toured we recommend a shakedown tour to learn the ropes. Register interest by emailing us explore@chillout.co.nz and we will contact you with more details.

Optional Extras: night in Christchurch at Commodore Hotel / night at Craigieburn Valley.  Gear hire.

Got a question? Please get in touch: explore@chillout.nz or phone +64 3 365 6530.

What to take/wear:

Cancellation Policy:

-­ Full refund less 10% deposit (admin fee) if you cancel more than 21 days prior to start.

-­ No refund if you cancel 21 days or less prior to start.

-­ If the trip is postponed due to weather conditions on day one, a refund less 10%.