It's winter and you are relishing a warm cup of coffee, while your cheeks are burned by the warmth of your fireplace. Suddenly, you drop your cup, you stand up and you feel your body moving keenly. You run quickly to the refrigeration and you put your head inside. Relax, it's not a heart attack but your desire for snowboard in an icy landscape, where there will be only you and the snow.
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Snowboarding in Craigieburn Valley, Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand
Overall the city is surrounded by Avon, Heathcote and Waimakariri Rivers, and the Canterbury Plains. The climate is considered to be temperate, with cool and mild summers (maximum temperature 23°C/73.4°F), and cold and frosty winters (temperatures fall below 0°C/32°F frequently).
One of the biggest ski areas near Christchurch is Craigieburn Valley. It is situated near Craigieburn Forest Park (in the heart of Southern Alps) and is 90 min drive from Christchurch at 110 km/68 mi. The site is open from late June to late October and offers a great destination for the lovers of off-piste/back country snowboarding.
Craigieburn Valley, with its varied terrain, is mostly addressed to intermediate and advanced snowboarders who love steep and deep snowboarding, with many natural jumps, drop-offs and lips, and telemark snowboarding opportunities. Don’t miss the legendary 600 m/1968 ft vertical descent in Middle basin, if you are an expert. Enjoy the breathtaking alpine view!
Note: Snowboarding equipment rental is not available on spot.
Relevant activites based in New Zealand
January – NEW ZEALAND
River Rafting Tour Class III / IV / V & outdoor experiences on Kaituna River.
Not an expedition. 21 Days – air travel not included.