Mount Dobson Trail Guide
For those in the know Mt Dobson is an under-rated gem. Firstly, it’s big. A triple-seater chairlift and a T-bar access two massive valleys and come powder days a short traverse or walk will ensure you score fresh tracks all day long. It’s also high, boasting the highest car park in the Southern Hemisphere at 1725m. The road is an engineering feat that has been lovingly crafted and cared for by one man, Peter Foote. It’s wide and suitable for 2WD’s with chains.
About Mt Dobson
The ski area itself is made up of wide pistes, gullies, rock outcrops and natural features. For those that like to get a little jibby you’ll find some boxes, kickers and rails scattered around the place. For learners the deal is even sweeter, the fixed grip rope tow is free! Once you’ve mastered the fixed grip rope tow there’s a learner’s platter to provide a stepping stone to the chairlift accessed cat tracks.
If you’re travelling and are looking to score some tracks in the Mackenzie Region there’s no need to hire elsewhere, they have gear rental available on the mountain. They also offer a range of group or private lessons and learner packages.
If hunger sets in and you haven’t brought lunch, head for the hut at the bottom of the field. A cafeteria provides hot and cold food, drinks and snacks. Despite being a commercial operation, Mt Dobson has an intimate, friendly feel. The chairlift, great terrain, easy access and extensive grooming combine for a great all round experience.
Terrain and Weather Tip
Mt Dobson is a large south-west facing basin with sunny and shady aspects. Look out for those big southerly fronts. With Mt Dobson’s altitude, fronts can bring deep and dry powder. The steeper off-piste slopes are found between the two main lifts. Two gullies provide a natural half pipe to play in and the pistes ensure great skiing and riding in all conditions. The West Valley, accessed from the triple chair lift, has a variety of runs popular with most novice skiers and boarders.
If you’re a beginner or intermediate skier or snowboarder, the chairlift at Mt Dobson is a great place to progress your skiing and riding.
For the audience: carve it up down the gully below the chairlift.
For those keen on an amazing view: hike to the top of Dobson Peak (2095m), see if you can spot Fox Peak.
For the last run: ski Sunny Run all the way back to your car.
Mt Dobson Stats
Pistes Main Runs Groomed
Main Lifts 1x Chairlift, 1x T-Bar
Learner Lifts 1x Platter, 1x Rope Tow
Top Elevation 2110m
Bottom Elevation 1695m
Skiable Terrain: 160+ hectares
Ski/Board Hire Yes
Access 2WD with chains when required
Day Pass Rates
Under 5 FREE!
Draw Card: Terrain for all abilities
Chill Pass Offer: Non-Ski Day Offer: Private Lesson
Mountain Phone: +64 3 685 8039
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.
The Chill Regions/Accommodation
Find out more about where to stay and play in the regions around the Chill Mountains. From Nelson Lakes & Marlborough in the North down to Queenstown & Wanaka in the South. In between there's Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, Sensational Selwyn, the township of Methven, the Mackenzie District and Waitaki Valley and of course the home of Chill, Christchurch City. Here we share places to stay, eat, shop and explore to help plan your adventure in the Southern Alps.