Fox Peak Trail Guide
Fox Peak is one of the smaller ski clubs on the Chill Pass, but one of the largest when it comes to its terrain and suitability for all skiing levels. Located 35 minutes from Fairlie, along the spectacular Two Thumb Range, the ski area boasts amazing views of South Canterbury and the Mackenzie Country.
About Fox Peak
Three easy-to-ride rope tows access 500 hectares and 580 vertical meters of uncrowded terrain. There is also a groomed platter lift for beginners at the base of the ski area. The terrain ranges from big wide-open faces, which are great for beginners and intermediates, to the more challenging runs in South Basin and along the North Basin Ridge.
For the more advanced, or those prepared to hike or tour, the options are boundless. Head to South Basin or up to the Peak and drop off towards the Tarn. Definitely talk to the locals, you may just find yourself on a guided tour.
The car park is located at the base of the tows allowing easy access to the beginner slopes and greater ski area. The ski area is run by a dedicated club and is open only on weekends. The access road crosses farm land, so be sure to leave gates as you find them.
Terrain and Weather Tip
South Basin is often overlooked and regularly contains the best snow. For sunny spring skiing North Basin is the pick. Be sure to keep an eye on those southerly systems as they tend to deliver the goods to Fox Peak.
For touring: Summit Fox Peak, you can either ski into the South or North Basin and back to the ski area or explore some amazing back-country including Fox Peak summit.
For beginners: Once you’ve mastered the platter give the moderate speed Meadow Rope Tow a go.
Go explore, there’s a huge amount of terrain on a variety of aspects that make for great skiing and snowboarding.
Fox Peak Stats
Pistes Beginner & Intermediate Groomed (Plus some higher trails)
Main Lifts 3x Rope Tows
Learner Lifts 1x Platter, 1x Beginners’ Tow
Top Elevation 1990m
Bottom Elevation 1410m
Skiable Terrain 500 hectares
Ski/Board Hire Ski Shack in Fairlie
Lessons Can be arranged with a local
Night Skiing Conditions Permitting (can be arranged with a local on a full moon)
Access 2WD with chains when required
Day Pass Rates:
Child: $10 (U10 FREE!)
Draw Card: Great access to back country, rarely tracked.
Mountain Phone: +64 3 685 8539
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.
The Chill Regions/Accommodation
Find out more about where to stay and play in the regions around the Chill Mountains. From Nelson Lakes & Marlborough in the North down to Queenstown & Wanaka in the South. In between there's Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, Sensational Selwyn, the township of Methven, the Mackenzie District and Waitaki Valley and of course the home of Chill, Christchurch City. Here we share places to stay, eat, shop and explore to help plan your adventure in the Southern Alps.