While the mountain itself offers some of the easiest access advanced off piste skiing anywhere in the world, Craigieburn offers much more than a place to ski. The cozy slope side accommodation is the seasonal home to a community of snow addicts from all over the globe, who collectively share their stories at the apres ski lounge and over dinner after a day on the hill.
Craigieburn Valley Ski Area is located on State Highway 73 between Springfield and Arthurs Pass. Situated on the north western end of the Craigieburn Range, the ski area encompasses two large basins which receive snowfall predominantly from easterly storm systems, as well as large westerly systems which make it over the main divide.
While the terrain is more suited for the intermediate to advanced skier / boarder, a competent beginner with a determined attitude will learn a lot in a day at Craigieburn. Many kids have grown up here, and their skills on the snow speaks volumes.
Three high capacity rope tows service a vertical rise of 500m. Terrain at Craigieburn Valley is varied, exciting and challenging with the infamous 600m vertical descent of Middle basin (which is often compared to a heliskiing experience) accessible by an easy traverse from the tow.
Whether hanging out for a week or just a couple of days, a highlight of any visit to Craigieburn Valley is staying in one of the cosy alpine lodges nestled at the base of the field in scenic native bush. Up to 65 people can be accommodated at any one time in economical 6-person bunkrooms or more private double/family rooms. Facilities include a licensed bar, Chefs kitchen, showers, toilets, drying room, lounge area, sleeping facilities and spectacular views across the valley.
A great atmosphere, the good company of fellow skiers, and warming winter fare will ensure your stay at Craigieburn will be one to remember. Through this experience you are guaranteed to make some great friends and gain a real mountain experience.