A friendly and uncrowded atmosphere…
Fox Peak Ski Area is run by the Fox Peak Ski Club (Inc.) – a non-profit organisation whose ski field is located on Fox Peak, the highest mountain in the Two Thumb range. The uncrowded slopes and friendly atmosphere, coupled with amazing terrain make it one of the true gems of the South Island’s club ski fields. We rely on the hard work of loyal and passionate club members to make this a true ski and snowboarding paradise to be enjoyed by all.
Fox Peak offers some of the world’s best ski touring terrain, from skinning up to the peak to the Tekapo traverse. The Peak Ascent is a 3 hour climb from the top of the Apex Tow giving epic back country skiing and stunning views throughout the trip, with well-earned shredding down through deep powder slopes from the summit.
The run from the summit to the base is an incredible 1000m vertical.
The safest way is via the North Basin up the North Ridge and then down the southern side of the peak, over the “saddle” and down through the South Basin and back to base. Traverses can be made from Fox Peak to Tekapo (Round Hill) Ski Field taking in New Zealand’s most breathtaking scenery. The traverse is a full day trip in ideal conditions. If you attempt this crossing you must take full overnight and above snowline gear.
**THESE ARE UNPATROLLED AREAS**
These areas are outside the ski area boundary – skiers and boarders venture at their own risk, must be expert riders and well versed in the mountains. Every person must carry proper safety equipment, transceivers, stay away from avalanche areas and always travel in a group. All ski tourers must be checked in at the ticket office prior to commencement as well as checked out upon return. If you are not riding the tows from the base you will not need a lift pass but there is a small fee for use of the mountain.
At the base area there is a ticket office, a day shelter, a lunch deck and toilet facilities. There is no restaurant or hot food on the mountain so you will need to bring your own food and drink / water for the day.
The ticket office sells a small supply of confectionery and soft drinks only. There is a BBQ available to cook your lunch on. Here you can also get tow belt/harness hire and glove protector mitts.
Our Groomer drivers and service people are out there when you sleep making the place all nice and perfect for those loving the corduroy slopes – especially after a big dump. The Learners’ is 100% groomed and the Meadow and Shirtfront slopes are groomed on the right side of the tow line, leaving powder for fresh tracks on the left sides. The North Basin occasionally has groomed runs during the season.
We take safety seriously at Fox Peak. There is a dedicated ski patroller on each weekend we are open, with avalanche, search + rescue and first aid emergency equipment ready on-hand. You ski or ride at your own risk at Fox Peak and you must obey the mountain and riding rules at all times. First Aid is located at the ticket office. All ski tourers must carry transceivers.
Never ski alone!!!!
100% GROOMED, LEARNERS’ TOW, MEADOW PLATTER
INTERMEDIATE (MORE DIFFICULT)
40% GROOMED / 60% OFF-PISTE, MEADOW TOW, MEADOW PLATTER
SHIRTFRONT + SOUTH SLOPE
ADVANCED (MOST DIFFICULT)
30% GROOMED / 70% OFF-PISTE, TASMAN TOW
HAPPY VALLEY + NORTH SLOPE
NORTH SLOPE: INTERMEDIATE
HAPPY VALLEY: ADVANCED
100% OFF-PISTE, TASMAN TOW
INTERMEDIATE (MORE DIFFICULT)
90% OFF-PISTE / 10% GROOMED *, APEX TOW
SOUTH BASIN + THE CHUTE
ENTRY + EXIT: ADVANCED
SOUTH BASIN: INTERMEDIATE
THE CHUTE: EXPERT ONLY
100% OFF-PISTE, APEX TOW, UNPATROLLED AREAS
There are 4 rope tows and one platter lift rising an amazing 580m vertical and servicing an incredible 500 hectares of terrain. Lift queues are not of consequence. A “nutcracker” (harness belt) is required to ride the rope tows. The “skid row” learners’ rope tow is FREE for all riders and great for first timers. The Platter gives easy riding for both the lower Meadow slope and the learners’ area and the Meadow and Tasman tows offer a larger area of groomed and off-piste skiing. The top Apex tow gives access to the secret gems of Fox Peak, the North and South Basins.
FREE for all riders
TASMAN TOW ACCESS
The Ski Area sits beneath Fox Peak – the highest point on the giant Two Thumb Range just 40km from Fairlie, South Canterbury.
From Timaru head to Fairlie and turn right at the town monument, and then after 500m take a left onto Clayton Road. From Christchurch / Geraldine turn Right at “Mt. Michael” & “Farm Barn” cafe. Continue past Lake Opuha then turn right at the monument intersection onto Clayton Rd. Stay on Clayton Road and then take a left to enter the Ski Area access road entrance. From here take the road up 15km to the Ski Area carpark at the Base. Access is usually available to all vehicles but chains must be carried.