What's Happening at The Chill Mountains

As the 2019 Winter Season gets underway 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 to your inbox. 

10 July Update:

It was awesome to see Mt Lyford open on Sunday and Mt Dobson on Monday. The snow forecasting is looking promising for the next two weeks and with many of the ski areas on hold to open we're standing by.

If you're looking for somewhere to go this week, as well as Lyford and Dobson, right now Porters are all go and Rainbow plan to open on the weekend again. You can also use the Travel Pass at Christchurch Adventure Park who plan to be open every day of the school holidays (weather permitting). 

Broken River are opening up accommodation for the school holidays with kid-friendly activities on offer in the evenings. The ice-skating rink at Forest Lodge is all go too and the lodge is also open to stay if you're looking to spend a night or longer in the mountains.

Scroll down for the latest from the mountains. You can also read more about the mountains on the Chill Pass here.


Rainbow have been open the past two weekends and will have an update on Facebook Thursday 11 July. 

Hanmer Springs Ski Area

Hanmer Springs are taking bookings for anyone wanting to come up to stay overnight with the fam or with friends despite the fact there is no skiing. They have a new website to check out too. Crossing our fingers and toes for more snow soon!

Mt Lyford

Mt Lyford received 45cm of snow late last week and opened with a bluebird day on Sunday 7 July!


Porters are all go! If you haven't been up yet head on up for some turns. The school holiday programme will kick off at the start of the 2nd week and they are running the mountain top to bottom in the meantime.

Mt Cheeseman

Stay tuned for more updates. . . .and snow for Mt Cheeseman! The staff are ready for when the snow gods deliver the goods.


Broken River

Broken River are opening up the lodges for school holiday accommodation. Hopefully the snow comes so they can spin the tows too, you'll be in the right place if you spend a night or two!


Craigieburn Valley

It looked like a great bonfire party at Craigieburn in the weekend! Now it is time for snow (please)!

Temple Basin

Check out the events line up for Temple Basin this season and get booking. The lodges are filling up!


Mt Olympus

We'll let MO do the talking for this one. . . .


Fox Peak

Yes some white stuff would be nice! Stay tuned as Fox Peak tend to get the tows going as soon as the snow turns up!


Mt Dobson

Mt Dobson opened on Monday for their 40th season, 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.