Hanmer Springs Ski Area, formerly known as Amuri, is a small club ski area with a tonne of personality and terrain suitable for all abilities. A fun, affordable, grassroots experience where the focus is on who you're with and not how hot your gear is. Self-catered day lodge and awesome on-mountain accommodation.
About Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs Ski Field is 17km from Hanmer Springs, 155km from Christchurch and 155km from Kaikoura.
A long poma lift and a rope tow accesses wide-open runs, both groomed and ungroomed. Beginners are well catered to and a fixed grip rope tow provides the perfect stepping stone to the longer lifts. If you're travelling or new to the sport they have on mountain gear rental and lessons for all abilities.
A cosy on mountain lodge provides the perfect spot for lunch if it's too cold to sit on the sunny deck overlooking the slopes. The ski area is only a 17km drive on a well maintained gravel road from Hanmer Springs. Remember your togs for a relaxing soak in the hot pools on the way home.
Self-catered backpacker accommodation is available on the mountain. Bring your own sleeping bags and dinner, there's a full kitchen at your disposal so there's no need to rough it. Ski in/ski out, it's the best way to score first tracks.
Terrain and Weather Tip
Situated on a north/north-east facing basin means the mountain receives plenty of sunshine. There are also south-east aspects so it can receive snow from many directions. Traditionally the best snowfall is received from south-east fronts. If you are equipped and proficient in side country exploration there are longer runs either side of the mountain that lead back to the road and either a short walk up or hitching spot low down.
For everyone: Enjoy a barbeque on the deck.
For rope tow newbies: Make it to the top: Hanmer is a great place to learn to ride rope tows.
For the weekend: Ski all day then soak in the world famous village thermal pools in the evening.
Take them up on their Chill Pass holder accommodation offer, it's awesome!
Hanmer Springs Stats
Beginner - 10%
Intermediate - 60%
Advanced - 30%
1 long poma (807m)
1 nutcracker rope tow
1 beginners fixed grip rope tow
Elevation - 1769m
Skiable Terrain - 52ha
Verticle - 310m
Ski/board hire - Yes
Lessons 2 or 3 times daily
Day Pass Rates
Mountain Phone: + 64 27 434 1806
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.