Roundhill Ski Area, Lake Tekapo

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#1 of 11 in Winter Sports in Canterbury Region
Roundhill Ski Area is a family owned and run ski area in Canterbury, New Zealand, near the town of Lake Tekapo, 1.5 hours from Timaru and 3 hours from both Christchurch & Queenstown.The main runs are accessed by a 1.2 kilometre long T-bar (T1) and a shorter T-bar (T2). 2010 saw the installation of a 1.5 km long rope tow (The Heritage Express) rising 630m to the Richmond Ridge to give the field 783m of vertical drop overall, the largest in New Zealand. This opened the field up to advanced skiers and boarders. The Heritage Express is reportedly the longest rope tow in the world.The ski area caters primarily to beginner and intermediate skiers with extensive use of two snow grooming machines. With the addition of The Heritage Express, a large ungroomed advanced only area has been created. The trails have a difficulty distribution of 35% adv, 45% int & 20% beg.The base area is at an elevation of 1350m with the T-bars reaching 1620m, and the Heritage Express 2133m.
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  • There is a great platter area which is ideal for learning to ski and the positioning of it adjacent to the car park is perfect for car boot picnics. The rope tow means that you don't really get a rest...  more »
  • 3 days skiing was awesome. great weather, great snow and loads of fun. Not too crowded which meant no long cues at the lifts. A bit expensive but its the ski fields!  more »
  • Great bluebird day mid-week so no queues. Lots of intermediate terrain and a very long and steep rope tow to access an area for experienced skiers only. Great base facilities and cafeteria with good v...  more »

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Because of its humble size, the small town of Lake Tekapo has a limited amount of accommodations. That said, among the available lodgings you'll find a good variety of options, from scenic resorts and cottages to youth hostels and budget accommodations. Motels provide a good option along the side of the roads leading to and from the town.
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