Lake Ohau Ski Field and Lodge

One of my favourite fields is the picturesque Lake Ohau Ski Field. It is in the South Island’s Mackenzie High Country, about a four hour drive from Christchurch.  It is a small ski field with a ridge altitude of 1925m, and a vertical drop of about 400m.  There is a lakeside lodge at the base of the hill, well known locally for its friendly hospitality and fine dining. There is a 20 minute drive up to the ski field from the lodge.  The ski season lasts from June until early October. The views from this field are truly spectacular.

View of Lake Ohau from the ski field car park


Lower slopes July 2012


Upper slopes October 2012


Ski field from car park October 2012


First tracks in powder


View of Dobson Valley from ski field road with Aoraki Mt Cook behind


Ohau Lodge at dawn


Lounge at the lodge


Aoraki Mt Cook (flat top) from the lodge


The clear waters of Lake Ohau with Mt Glenmary (left) and Ben Ohau Range (right)


Road into lodge and ski field circumventing Lake Ohau

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