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Selwyn Snowfields Resort Reviews

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Selwyn Snowfields Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Selwyn Snowfields Ski Resort

  • June 22, 2011
    from Australia

    Selwyn (Selwyn Snowfields) has improved considerably in recent years with better snow, snow making and grooming. The Hydro Electricity Authority has been cloud seeding in recent years which has greatly improved the snow cover.
    It is a great place for families (kids can't get lost) and is much cheaper than the main range resorts.

  • Selwyn Snowfields Ratings

    Overall: 3.3. Based on 4 votes and 3 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.5

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Selwyn Snowfields.

    Public Transport: 1.0

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Selwyn Snowfields, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 3.5

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 2.5

    (1) No places to stay in/near Selwyn Snowfields, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 5.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 1.0

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Selwyn Snowfields.

    Ski in/Ski out: 1.0

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 5.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Selwyn Snowfields, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 3.5

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Selwyn Snowfields is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 4.0

    (1) Selwyn Snowfields relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 3.5

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Selwyn Snowfields, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Selwyn Snowfields are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 4.5

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Selwyn Snowfields is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 2.5

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Selwyn Snowfields, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 3.5

    (1) Selwyn Snowfields usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 5.0

    (1) The staff at Selwyn Snowfields are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Selwyn Snowfields are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 4.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.5

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.5

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 3.5

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Selwyn Snowfields has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 3.5

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Selwyn Snowfields, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 2.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 3.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Selwyn Snowfields, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 2.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 2.5

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Selwyn Snowfields, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 3.5

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Selwyn Snowfields has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.5

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 4.0

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 2.5

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 1.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 1.5

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 3.0

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 4.5

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Selwyn Snowfields is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Selwyn Snowfields is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • August 30, 2008
    from Australia

    Selwyn is a reasonably good ski resort. Although it is the last place to get snow and the first place to lose it, the skiing in between is great. Selwyn is more of a family resort, and so specializes in beginner and intermediate runs. For people looking to pull some harder moves, then trying elsewhere is a good idea. Selwyn is well priced, and can be very enjoyable. All up it's a good place to go ;]

  • June 11, 2005
    from Australia

    Selwyn's a day trip resort for those who live within a couple of hours drive. Alot of snow is man made and often has hard icy surfaces. Apart from that its good to learn at, (if you can ride on ice you can ride on anything) youll never get lost, you start at the top and ride to a lift rather than getting on a lift first. you can also finnish your day by riding back to the start from the summit.