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Intrepid and Club Skiing in New Zealand

A slice of skiing heaven
New Zealand's long and proud history of fun in the snow can be seen by the sheer number of Club and intrepid ski areas operating today.

North Island – Club & Intrepid Ski & Snowboard Areas

Mt Ruapehu’s Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields may be where all the crowds head, but with crowds come queues, so ski some clean powder on these two lesser-known North Island ski fields.

Tukino ski field is a hidden gem, located on the eastern slope of Mt. Ruapehu, it’s often where social clubs head to manage larger groups or to facilitate skiing lessons.

Located on the slopes of beautiful Mt. Taranaki is the Manganui Ski Area. With access to large and small half pipes as well as a terrain park, this ski area attracts intermediate to advanced snowboarders and skiers.

South Island – Club & Intrepid Ski & Snowboard Areas

Perfect for those wanting to escape the crowds or keep their costs down,eight clubs are operating in the South Island alone with most of theintrepid areas being family operations.

Rainbow ski area, Nelson Lakes
Mt Lyford – Waiau, Kaikoura
Hanmer Springs ski area
Temple Basin ski area, Arthurs Pass
Craigieburn ski area, Arthurs Pass
Broken River ski area, Arthurs Pass
Porters ski area
Mt Cheeseman, Fairlie, Mackenzie Country
Mt Olympus, Fairlie, Mackenzie Country
Fox Peak, Fairlie, Mackenzie Country
Mt Dobson, Fairlie, Mackenzie Country
Roundhill ski area, Mackenzie Country
Ohau ski field, Mackenzie Country
Awakino ski field, Waitaki District



By Sarah McMullan - June 2013

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