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Hanmer Springs Ski Area Resort Guide

The Hanmer Springs Ski Area resort guide summary is: Hanmer Springs Ski Area has 3 lifts within its 40 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for intermediate and advanced levels. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 340m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 17 trail at Hanmer Springs Ski Area.


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Hanmer Springs Ski Area Resort Guide

The Hanmer Springs Ski Area resort guide summary is: Hanmer Springs Ski Area has 3 lifts within its 40 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for intermediate and advanced levels. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 340m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 17 trail at Hanmer Springs Ski Area.

Vertical:

Top: 1774m
Arrow
340m
Bot: 1434m

Best for:

Advanced level skier
Intermediate/
Advanced

Trails:

17
10%
60%
30%

Hectares of Ski:

40
Snowmaking: —

Hanmer Springs Ski Area Lifts:

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Total lifts = 3
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Visiting Hanmer Springs Ski Area

Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Hanmer Springs Ski Area.

  • Season opens
  • Season closes
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants | Bars
    11 | 3
  • Nearest Airport
    Christchurch
  • Nearest Train Station
  • Tourist Office Website
  • Tourist Office Phone
    +64 3 3157401

Hanmer Springs Ski Area Features

The terrain at Hanmer Springs Ski Area includes:

  • Halfpipes
  • Terrain Parks
  • X-Country
  • Ski Hire

What's it like at Hanmer Springs Ski Area resort?

Hanmer Springs is situated in a high country basin 385m above sea level. It is only 135km from Christchurch, the international gateway to the South Island of New Zealand. Visitors to Hanmer Springs comment on the quiet, peaceful atmosphere of the village that is the perfect destination for all ages. If you want rest, relaxation or adventure you will enjoy your holiday in Hanmer Springs.


Explore Hanmer Springs Ski Area Location Map

Interactive Hanmer Springs Ski Area trail map and piste map. View the piste and trails as well as the surrounding terrain and mountain contours for backcountry action. Find and compare nearby resorts by clicking on the resort markers.


When's the snowiest month to visit Hanmer Springs Ski Area?

JulyAverage: 2.5 snow days per week
The snowiest week in Hanmer Springs Ski Area is week 2 of July. There are typically 2.5 snowy days during this week with 27cm of snowfall. Check out the Hanmer Springs Ski Area Snow History graphs below.


Visitor Reviews of Hanmer Springs Ski Area

Overall: 2.8 Based on 3 votes and 2 reviews

  • Snowsure 3.0
  • Variety of pistes 2.7
  • Off-piste 3.0
  • Scenery 3.0
  • Apres-Ski 3.0
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Rob Davies from United Kingdom writes:

The small ski area is accessed by a dirt road from Hanmer Springs. It's really just a tiny club field with a drag and a rope-tow. You can stay up here in a bunkhouse, or else stay in Hanmer, about 30 minutes drive away and enjoy the hot springs and a range of accommodation for all budgets, shops and restaurants. The pleasant small town has plainly developed primarily because of the hot springs and dry continental climate, so don't expect a ski town. The road up to the ski area is as narrow and twisty as any club field access road and is generally only suitable for 4WD vehicles. You will generally need to fit chains but if that's not for you, hitch or take a shuttle.

The ski area is really quite small, even by NZ standards, but it is very quiet and steep enough to be good fun and the views are great. A vast wilderness, albeit of better looking back-country terrain, stretches away in every direction.

Snow reliability can be an issue. This area is very dry because of the surrounding high country and only SE storms deliver really big dumps and in some years, like 2011, they hardly happen. El Nino years are best. Nearby Mount Lyford sees more of the active weather and generally gets deeper cover and it's a rare dump that drops more snow at Hanmer than Lyford. Wind can also be a problem here, whipping the snow off the wide stony ridges and packing it down elsewhere. That said the main valley runs hold deep soft snow pretty well.

The best option for skiing this place is to get here on the night before a big dump and enjoy crowd-free skiing before the access road is cleared. If that takes 3 days, so much the better as the clubbies will run the lifts regardless. Just make sure you take enough food and grog and don't have a flight to catch. Like Lyford, it's on the unrestricted Chill Pass so visit it as part of a bigger tour.

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