Pros: incredible rope tow, great place to learn
Cons: terrain fairly simple open faces, not much intermediate terrain
One of the best places to learn to ski or board in NZ and the rope tow is great for advanced/expert skiers and offers huge vertical and spectacular views.
The beginners area and T-bar offer immaculately groomed gentle slopes ideal for those finding their feet on snow. There is a pretty well maintained terrain park on the T-Bar as well but the features are not that big as it is difficult to get up a lot of speed on such gentle terrain.
Going from the beginner T-Bar to the advanced rope tow is a big step however.
The rope tow is a marvel of engineering, no other lift would be able to get skiers up that slope given the instability of the rock. It is the longest and most vertical of any lift in Australasia. The terrain it accesses is fairly simple, just one big face with a constant pitch, no chutes or undulations to speak of.
Access to the mountain is an easy road which winds its way around Lake Tekapo before heading up a little bit.