The temperatures have dropped on the South Island with the first ski hills filling their lifts over the weekend.
South Island residents never have to travel far to find a slope in the winter months, with over twenty ski fields of various terrains covering Canterbury and Otago.
While many of us are filling our calendars with ski weekends in rented Queenstown holiday homes or the Canterbury club field bunk-style accommodation, some may like to cast their eyes to more a permanent residence in the mountains.
Minaret Ridge, Wanaka
Ski Fields Close By: Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Farm
This beautifully built home is situated high in Peninsula Bay and enjoys commanding views of the lake and mountains.
Classically designed with schist cladding, this comfortable home provides you with lots of space, boasting four bedrooms, a study and separate living areas that open out to an entertainer's patio complete with barbeque and schist fireplace...read more.
Mt Hutt High Country Retreat, Methven
Ski Fields Close By: Mt Hutt
Sitting on the edge of your own private lake, the fresh country air filling your lungs and the snow-capped Southern Alps providing a breath-taking backdrop; it's easy to forget that the modern conveniences of Christchurch city are little over an hour away. Such is the peace and serenity afforded by this pristine location...read more.
Mt Michael Valley Road, Fairlie
Ski Fields Close By: Mt Dobson
Rarely do you witness such a captivating home, connected so well with its surroundings. Positioned perfectly, the stunning house has commanding views of the entire east to west horizon with snow-capped mountains beyond.
The best of MacKenzie country is available here with skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, mountain climbing, tramping, bike riding, hunting, and fishing all within a short drive of this incredible property...read more.
If living close to your favourite ski hill still isn’t good enough, why not consider owning your own? Mt Dobson, located half way between Christchurch and Queenstown, is known as a friendly ski field with a variety of terrain for all ages of skiing and snowboarding.
The field is spread over an area of approximately 400+ hectares with a lift capacity of 4000 people per hour. The terrain is 25% learner, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced, catering to all levels each day of the ski season. With a staff of up to 12 in the season, Mt Dobson has been developed and operated by the Foote family for over 35 years.
The ski area caters to local and international clientele and boasts the “largest, sunniest learner slope in New Zealand...read more.