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Fox Peak Ski Area Reviews

Kiwiski Andrew

A hidden Gem


Pros: Off the beaten track, great variety in terrain

Cons: Not always open, hard to get to

Fox Peak is a hidden gem and often forgotten about club field in New Zealand. It is a little hard to get to but well worth the drive, 4WD with a little clearance is the best way to go. Once there three rope tows offer access to all kinds of cool stuff. A few times I was there I'd have winter snow in South Bowl and then spring like conditions on the sunny aspects of North Bowl.   The charm of Fox Peak is in its grassroots no nonsense skiing with great friendly atmosphere. It is also one of the cheapest places to ski in NZ.

No Frills Ski Area with great choice of runs


Pros: Lots of terrain to ski and absolutely no crowds. Friendly locals.

Cons: Takes 2.5 Hours from Christchurch

Fox Peak is my favourite area that I don't get to enough. Good vertical and very spread out area. Three rope (nutcracker) tows give 580m vertical and getting to Apex accesses the north and south slopes and basins. Tow tickets for 2011 were NZ$50.00    Snow conditions vary from untracked powder to gorgeous spring corn to champagne ice garnished with tussock grass. Slopes and basins offer all levels of challenge, split about 50/30/20 Adv/Int/Beginner.   Friendly locals help set the relaxed scene and while having lunch you half expect to see a guy in a black singlet wander up with dogs and sheep shears.   Closest town is Fairlie which is quite small but...
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