Ski The Big One | Craigieburn Valley Ski Area - news

By: Craigieburn Valley Ski Area  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Skiing

The 58th AGM (2011 season) will be held at the at Richmond Working Mens Club Thursday 8th December 2011 at 7pm. Not the Cashmere club!!! Richmond Working Mens club- entry at intersection of London and Stanmore Road. Meeting is upstairs at the Alpine Lounge. Their bar, bistro and restaurant is also open if you want to get food/ drink before orafter the AGM.

You will see we have some interesting motions this year- including a motion by Mr Mike Davies, Esquire on the proposed top tow relocation. With luck Mr Nick Jarman, beloved Field Manager will repeat the excellent presentation he did for the committee of the plans at the meeting. Mix this in with a few beverages and Frazers presentation of accounts for last season (pretty positive at last count) and we should have a fun night. We may even get a cameo visit by Nicolas Cullen & co.

Supporting documents:

See you on the 8th

Highlights from the Craigieburn section of the K2 Big Mountain CHILL Series 2011.

We have come though the other side of the storm with over 1.2 meters of new snow at the base area. The staff have done a fantastic job in getting the mountain controlled and open.

Porters pass and the ski area access road both require chains on all vehicles. Please do not attempt the road without them.

On top of a considerable base, this season is now set to be one for the history books. Dont miss out!

Hamilton Peak | 15th July 2011

Ticket Office | 15th July 2011

Digging out the tow shed | 15th July 2011

Ticket Office | 15th July 2011

Phat As | 15th July 2011

Double overhead | 15th July 2011

As you are probably well aware, we have had a great deal of snow in the last week. Much of this has fallen (and blown) onto the road, and the efforts in the last few days have been concentrated on getting access to the field open. Yesterday the focus was on the hill, and a great deal of progress was made in digging out the tows and controlling the ski area.

We are looking to open Monday 18th July, with access to the ski area being available from the afternoon of Sunday 17th.

Photos to follow this afternoon….

Ticket Office | 10th July 2011

Staff Quarters | 10th July 2011

Koroheke 10th July 2011

Base Area | 10th July 2011

Unfortunately due to a slim snowpack at this stage of the season we have made the decision to postpone the club snow safety weekend until a later date.

It will definitely run at some stage in the early season, please keep a watch on the website or Facebook for updates.

Winter has returned, and we can expect to have some fantastic turns throughout the weekend. It could be your last chance for pow turns this season. The day’s skiing will be followed by appropriate celebrations in the bar on Saturday night.

If you need some style inspiration, check out the Hot Dog movie trailer below

fantastic day in the valley today. Clear with moderate winds to start with then gale westerlies then snow with gale westerlies then sunshine and no wind for a good few hours and now it is snowing with no wind! Man we had it all today. Best skiing of the season for me. Skiing on the top tow was dang fine. Richard Mahoney reckons the skiing was better than anything he had in Canada for 7 weeks this summer! With the winds in morning it was surprising how great the pow was. Middle Basin chutes primo! More freshies tomorrow with Ham Face not skied yet. Should be a great day tomorrow! Snowing hard out at the mo.
Tony P (aka Malone)

Bluebird Days

On the field

Warm sunny days but still good snow as we head into club champs week. Sophie spotted eyeing up the GS course while Kevin and the boys dug the jump (and some folk already practising big air!). Thanks to Owen Braddock for stepping up to fill Erin’s shoes as volunteer for a couple of weeks. The Chill K2 big mountain event began on a warm sunny Wednesday – with over 50 competitors getting some great lines thru the chutes (including our Tom). Watch TV1 and TV3 news on Monday 30th for likely screening of event.

In Koroheke

Food planning for Club Champs and more yummy meals from Lucie. A good buzz in the lodge this week. New paper towel dispensers in the toilets – “just as we had all learned how to load the towel rolls properly”

Powder Frenzy and a Departure

On the field

Variable conditions this week with no two days the same. At the beginning of the week knee deep snow for the Powder Hounds, then some closures due to rain, then warm spring-like conditions. Plenty of turns still to be had as we move into the coming week.

In Koroheke

We said goodbye to Erin in style as he heads back to Canada. Old and new friends met for ski weeks (welcome back Al, Dinah and the boys) – the buzz is how great it is to catch up each year with like minded folk. Some sneaky bottom bunk grabbing behaviour from some (nothing like an advance attack the day before your party is due to arrive to ensure your possy!). Last minute frenzied costume planning for club champs in evidence.

CV4 began with more sun

On the field

Am writing this for Sophie – she will update next week.
The week began with good tracks off Ham Peak and Middle Basin after the snow last week then more snow on Monday night which improved our base cover. The Junior Freeride programme is well underway – we anticipate a comment in the blog from a participant next week.

In Koroheke

Welcome back to Juerg and Marcita for 2 months.
Lucie has stepped up with some amazing meals after we lost our chef – thanks for the Czech touch and the baking……….long may it last.
Remember this weekends entertainment in the bar after dinner on Saturday night (31 Jul) with ‘Acoustic Solution’ (from the snowball) who will play a range of great covers including NZ classics from Dave Dobbyn, Exponents etc – there will be a small cover charge in the bar to recoup some of the cost of the band. There is still room to stay, eat and groove (OFF PEAK RATES) so get in quick. Next band is ‘Shiver’ at club champs on 28th August for party dancing.

Yeah sure it’s early season conditions but hey we had some damn fine skiing on Hamilton Face and the Middle Basin Chutes today. The fine nights have really improved the conditions on the hill. There are plenty of good turns to be had. Check out the new photos from Hamilton Face this afternoon!

The snow is still falling, and it is looking set to be a great season.

Accommodation for the School holidays and peak season in August is just about full. If you are planning a trip to Craigieburn this season now is the time to secure and pay for your booking before space runs out. This season we have special off-peak rates available from $50 per night for a non-member Adult. This includes three-course meal and breakfast in our slopeside accommodation. Ski holidays just dont come any cheaper!

Masquerade Snowball Fundraiser !

Saturday 12 June 2010 – 7.30pm till 1am
Mt Pleasant Yacht Club, Mt Pleasant

Come and support the club in your best Snowball Glad Rags!

Masks essential (no paper bags), Spot Prizes, Raffle, and Auction – include ski field vouchers, clothes, ski equipment and we crown best Snow Themed Masquerade outfit (Snow King and Snow Queen)

Throw some wild moves to the Live Band

First Drink Free then Discounted Cash Bar – nibbles provided

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on door.

To purchase tickets in advance please pay via internet banking to CVSC 01-0825-0099826-00 with your NAME and SNOWBALL as a reference. Your name will be on a list at the door.

[singlepic id=198 w=320 h=240 float=left]Fed up with price hikes of the big resorts? Join the club. Club ski areas are something quite unique to Canterbury and a hidden gem in an industry where money seems to come first. Canterbury ski clubs are not for profit organisations, and are operated and maintained by a group of enthusiasts who put skiing and snowboarding first.

Joining a ski club does not mean you have to have any particular experience, skills or ability,  just an enthusiasm for the sport and a willingness to make a contribution. You will gain an appreciation of what goes on behind the scenes, an affiliation with like minded enthusiasts and take a far smaller hit in the pocket than you get from the big commercial fields. At Craigieburn you can take advantage of the Club Snow Safety Weekends at the beginning of every season, a chance to learn and develop your avalanche awareness  and safety skills. As a family your kids will get to participate in Grom’s weeks during the school holidays and make lifelong friends in safe and friendly surroundings.

[singlepic id=199 w=320 h=240 float=right]By joining Craigieburn you becoming part-owner of  a legendary ski field, and have access to hugly discounted ski and accommodation rates. A season pass for instance is only $275! Slopeside accommodation (including dinner and breakfast) can be had for as little as $30 a night! Becoming a member also gets you discounted skiing and accommodation at other club fields.

Cheers, and see you this season!

We have made some huge changes to our pricing structure for 2010, including bargain accommodation and package prices during the off-peak period (shoulder season from opening weekend until July 31st, and September 4th until closing day).

We will start taking bookings in the next few weeks and expect lodge space to be in hot demand over this period. Please keep this in mind when booking your holiday and get in early to avoid disappointment.

Additional offers for multiday ski passes will become available over the next month or two, so keep checking back.

See you on the hill in 2010!

The 2010 workparty dates have been set as follows:

March 6-7
March 13-14
April 2,3,4,5 Easter
April 10-11

  • 9am start in carpark
  • Bring food for the day.
  • Dress for outside work, garden gloves useful. If you have a shovel, loppers, pruning saw etc, bring them with you.
  • Other specialised equipment will be asked for as required.
  • First timers, bring food for dinner and breakfast (BBQ available) sleeping bag, towel etc for overnight.
  • Workparties are weather dependent – please stay in contact if the weather is looking dicey.

Other days may be available by contacting Nick directly, although not in large numbers. Please make yourself available for one of these dates to avoid disappointment.

Press Release: Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism

Worldwide Honour Names Craigieburn Alongside Jamaica, Finland Among Favourite “Clean Breaks”

Everyone who lives in the South Island knows it’s the best place in the world to unwind. But it’s always nice when the world takes notice.

The UK’s TIMES ONLINE has listed Canterbury’s Craigieburn ski field among its favourite “10 trips to break clean from daily life.”

The Times team spent 10 years researching the “clean break” they were seeking, from the Pyrenees to the Kalahari. They call it a “journey into the heart of a destination and its culture, when you do something different, stay in family‐run hotels, visit local festivals and hire local guides.”

“To think that one of the world’s top green, clean and favourite destinations is a simple hour’s drive from Christchurch . . . we know we are lucky, but do we realise our backyard is among the absolute best in the world?” asks Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism CEO Christine Prince.

Alongside swimming Finland’s lakes and bog‐walking Estonia, “Ski the resort‐free Craigieburn” brings New Zealand to the top of the Times’ list.

“And they say that your skiing will improve immeasurably – on this kind of testing off‐piste terrain it has to,” writes the Times.

Craigieburn is a 988‐acre ski area featuring a spectacular collection of generous powder bowls, steep, skinny chutes and a popular vertical plunge of 1,968 feet. It is part of a network of 13 ski fields located in a single region – Canterbury – known for dramatic vistas of the Southern Alps, lush green plains and cheeky alpine parrots.

The Canterbury region encompasses the heart of the South Island, with Craigieburn itself only one hour’s drive from Christchurch International Airport.

Craigieburn is one of 16 ski areas in the Canterbury region; “A world‐class prescription for clean, green and good‐for‐you couldn’t be closer to home!”

After the Snow God played his part and a huge effort by our experienced staff, the much anticipated opening of Craigieburn Valley Ski Field became reality on 18th July. 

With opening day experiencing powder galore and the forecast for more snow we couldn’t ask for a better start to Grom’s Week.  A total of 20 kids of varying abilities made the pilgrimage to CV with the hope of improving their skiing through our Canadian international ski instructor Sophie guidance, making friends and having fun in the snow.


Enjoy the pics everyone and see you on the 12th-13th September for the Junior Big Mt Comp. 
Next Grom’s week is 27th September

When: Thursday June 18th
Where: Aurora Performing Arts Centre, Burnside High School
Doors open and ticket sales from 6:30pm forum commences at 7:30pm
How Much: Tickets $10

Al Uren – Winter Mountaineering
Jeff Small – NZ Free Skier
Alpine Search Dogs
MSC alpine and avalanche safety information

There will be organised work parties on the following weekends:
• 2nd – 3rd May
• 16th – 17th May

Same deal as usual:
• 9am start in carpark
• Please leave a message for Nick by the Wednesday before the weekend. Phone
the field on (03) 318-8711 or email

Please Bring:
• A packed lunch
• Something for dinner, breakfast & lunch next day.
• Sleeping bag.
• Work gloves &/or garden gloves

There is a great BBQ set up at Ngahere that is good for dinner items.

SPECIAL NOTE: Safety Equipment
Please come well prepared with appropriate personal safety equipment when you come up for a work party. You may be required to work around chainsaws, heavy equipment or other loud equipment.

We suggest you bring:
• Earmuffs
• Gloves
• Safety Glasses (sunglasses or approved safety glasses)
• Sun Protection

It is also a great idea to put a pair of loppers in the back of the car since pruning is a good fill in job.

July 5th-6th

Meet 10am sharp in Koroheke
Cost: $40 Privileged Members / $60 Ordinary Members
Includes dinner, bed and breakfast.
BYO lunches and snacks
Please confirm your attendance by Weds 2nd July by emailing [email protected] .
Come meet the staff, learn how to use your avalanche transceiver plus other useful and life saving information, and generally have a great weekend with other clubbies. Details for the weekend are below, care of Shannon Werner, our Snow Safety officer for this season.

Provisional Programme

Saturday 5th July
10am: The Avalanche Rescue Plan and avalanche rescue techniques.
12 noon: Lunch.
12:30pm: Up the hill for transceiver and probe searching practice.
2:30pm: Avalanche rescue scenario.
5pm: Debrief & MSC Avalanche Safety Video.

Sunday 6th July
• More transceiver searching practice.
• Back up day for avalanche rescue scenario if weather no good on sat 7th.
• If time allows I will run a basic session on travel in avalanche terrain and general avalanche safety.

We all have a responsibility to ensure our avalanche rescue capability is as effective and capable as possible so please do your best to
attend this weekend. It’s going to be loads of fun. Remember if you are unfortunate enough to be caught in an avalanche you will be relying on your fellow skiers and riders to rescue you. So it is in your interests to encourage as many other members as you can, to attend.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

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