What's Happening at The Chill Mountains

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 straight to your inbox. 

19 September Update:

We're down to the last few weeks of the season and enjoying the fantastic spring conditions. A little snow over the weekend was just the icing on the cake along with the full moon there were plenty of people making the most of it. Broken River opened Friday for night skiing and Fox Peak threw a spooky full moon fever party on Saturday. Great news that Cheeseman have extended their season for another bash this weekend and Dobson have made the call to open for weekends only as long as mother nature allows, sweet.

Coming up this weekend Rainbow have  Summit Batty Club Champs (open to all) and Sunday is the end of the season party and Slush Cup event with DJ Big Tobacco spinning vinyl. Temple Basin are once again throwing their Fire and Ice Party, Broken River are hosting a cocktail and nibble evening on Saturday and Porters have their Oktoberfest on Saturday. Plenty to whet the appetite!

Chill Passes can now be used at Craigieburn Valley on the weekends as well as weekdays. Word is head up and make the most of it! 

Planning to head outside the ski area boundaries? Check out the Avalanche Advisory site for up to date information or to submit your own observation: avalanche.net.nz.

If you're keen on to check out the ski areas on this page with the Chill Pass you can read more about our pass options here. You can also use the Travel Pass at Christchurch Adventure Park.

Scroll down for the latest posts from the mountains. 


Rainbow is enjoying the sunshine this week. Closing day will be 29th September so if you've been meaning to head up best make the most of it! Coming up is the Summit Batty Club Champs - 21st of September and Slush Cup on the 22nd of September.

Hanmer Springs Ski Area

The dedicated Hanmer Springs crew opened the field last weekend. Stay tuned for news of opening up again.

Mt Lyford

We're down to our last few days of  Mt Lyford being open for the season. Be sure to head on up and make the most of the awesome spring conditions.


Conditions are still primo at Porters! Coming up this Saturday is Oktoberfest, ski up an appetite then enjoy the delicious food and drink.

Mt Cheeseman

Cheeseman are opening for one more weekend so best make the most of it! The weather forecast is looking good.

Broken River

Broken River are reopening for the weekend and here's the lowdown:

"Come join us for smooth, corn-fed laps this weekend. Chow down on our corn offerings then quench your thirst with cocktails in Lyndon Lodge a la Dicky - the man-in-the-know who'll provide fun facts, discerning knowledge and smashing cocktails this Saturday night, all served with delicious nibbles. Book early on the day to avoid disappointment. You can also book into accommodation for Friday night. See you then!".

Craigieburn Valley

Fantastic spring conditions to enjoy at Craigieburn. Don't wait, closing day will be 29 September.

Temple Basin

It's the Fire and Ice party weekend at Temple Basin. Fire perfomers, DJs, spring skiing and delicious food, what more could you want?

Mt Olympus

Check out the online deals for Mt Olympus below. Closing day is set to be the 5th of October so head on up and get the goods.

Fox Peak

Full moon fever at Fox Peak last weekend! Keep an eye on their Facebook for new of spinning the tows, conditions permitting.

Mt Dobson

Good news Mt Dobson will open weekends as long as the snow stays (closing day was to be this Monday 23rd September). 


Get in touch with the Awakino crew if you're keen to head up. 

Here's the latest for the weekend ahead:

"Access and lodge open this weekend for some great touring options. Plenty of snow in top and back bowls".

Pic from earlier this month:

Awakino Saturday 7 August

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.