Roundhill Ski Area, Lake Tekapo

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Ski Area
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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  • I went skiing for the first time ever at Roundhill & I loved it! There was a great beginners slope and the lesson was really good. The staff were okay... it took a while for us to get boots as I think...  more »
  • Round Hill is a great location just a short drive from Lake Tekapo, the drive up there is fantastic when the surrounding mountains are covered in that white stuff - it was a nice reprieve to visit a l...  more »
  • ...compared to some fields on the South Island. Absolutely great for learners with a huge plateau. Hardest bit was the toe rope up as you didn't get a rest like you do on a chairlift!  more »