Mt Lyford Ski Area is open! and they’ve got a brand new trail.  To add to their already attractive array of beginner, intermediate and advanced tracks, the new intermediate section has extended the field and locals are rearing to get their turn.

If you haven’t been before, the Terako ski area is a perfect go-to field for any beginner or regular seasoned snow junkie.



  • The Wild Terrain Park is a favourite amongst regulars. Featuring jumps, kickers and rails, it’s great fun and newbies can enjoy it too.
  • The International Truck Jump by the day lodge has a cracking backdrop and it promises great photo ops!
  • Thrill junkies... fear all on the Terako rope tow. It services the intermediate and advanced areas and it’s known to send you on your way in stunning fashion.
  • Terako Day Lodge and the Chamois Cafe are perfect pit stops to satisfy those coffee and hot chip cravings.



It’s just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch to the base of the mountain, which makes it an easy day trip. Grab some chains or try out  to hitch a ride. If you don’t fancy the full drive up the mountain to the car park, consider taking the shuttle from Mt Lyford village to complete the journey.



Mt Lyford benefits from winter snow storms and that means it gets heaps of natural snow. It also means it’s cold and it’s important to dress to the conditions.

  • Take layers, avoid cotton and wrap up warm! Layers are a great way to combat the hot sun when it comes out in the afternoon.
  • Pack sunscreen - it seems silly right... but you will be on top of a mountain and the sun gets hot and fierce! It will also protect you from windburn.
  • Know the conditions - the Mt Lyford team will look after you, but it helps to know the weathers plan before spending a full day on the mountain.



  • Log chalets at Mt Lyford are a favourite destination with visitors. Check out Mt Lyford Holiday Homes website 
  • Mt Lyford Lodge (located on the Inland Road) is a favourite destination with visitors. Relax in the spa on the deck and enjoy the views after a day well spent up the mountain.