It's well known that spending a winter season in New Zealand is a stunning and amazingly cultural experience, but on top of that there many other reasons to take this very special ski instructor course.
The Craigieburn Range boasts no less than 5 ski areas making it the biggest group in New Zealand. It has the most varied terrain you could ever imagine. With the ski areas all being individually operated, they carry their own unique atmosphere unlike big linked resorts found around the world.
This is our training ground with perfect groomers, a great ski school to learn from and gain rookie experience topped off with some great off-piste runs like the infamous big vert faces of Bluff and Big Mama. It has all the mod cons like on-slope wireless internet yet still has a locals' vibe.
Big on terrain, small on crowds. Home to the most varied and extensive off-piste freeride terrain south of the equator. It's a give away that it's up with the best in the world with international-class comps and lines named after pros who have ridden there. With steep chutes, drops, big mountain faces and rolling open bowls there's something for everyone. Enjoy the super fast rope tows, the inspiration of the Canterbury pioneers. Rich in character and atmosphere with over 75 years of history. Built and run by members known as "clubbies" the pure passion for snow and good times drives these people to do the hard yards. Listen to their classic stories "well back in my day I............"
Best pow, great bowls and chutes, chilled atmosphere, cook a toastie in the kitchen, grab a tea and relax on the deck by the crankin' bbq. It boasts NZ's only ski funicular, small on size (5 people) big on experience being one of the steepest in the world. Known for epic night skiing in the pow. Imagine surfing in Christchurch by day, skiing pow by night.
Home to awesome long, steep chutes and faces complimented by the open rolling bowls of Middle Basin that runs down into the treeline. Glen Plake, one of the original extreme skiers, has a run named after him here.
Sunny slopes and nice groomers. Good for training for a change of scene and pace.
This is poor man's Heli skiing. We track a storm, get in before the road closes. Stay the night in the club hut half way up the slopes, relax in the hot tub or sit by the fire with a drink from the bar. Put something on from the dress up box and head out for some night skiing while it is dumping fresh POW. In the morning as the sun rises the lifts fire up for some fresh tracks before breaky. This is chased up with more freshies while the day trippers are watching in awe from afar as they can't get up the buried access road.
Temple Basin is located outside the Craigieburn Range in the heart of the Southern Alps. It is surrounded by jagged peaks giving it a truly amazing alpine feel. The mountain manager has been on the world free-ski podium and has chosen this place to park up, season after season. Now that's got to say something about how epic the terrain is.