Roundhill Ski Field

Ski field of superlatives

The Roundhill ski area is located on the banks of Lake Tekapo and offers some superlatives: The views of New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki Mount Cook, the longest rope tow in the world called Heritage Express Rope Tow and the longest ski run of New Zealand counted in altitude (783 hm).

Roundhill ski area with Lake Tekapo
On the bank of Lake Tekapo with the view over the Southern Alps

Particularly for our team rider Joi, the 1440 m (!) long Heritage Express seemed to take no end. Because of thick upper arms he already had to throw in the towel after the third elevator ride. However, the trials are worth it. The relief was correspondingly great when we were finally allowed to release the steel cable of the Heritage Express.

The Heritage Express Rope Tow
B.A.M. team rider Michl was fighting hard at the Heritage Express

Once at the top, the breathtaking view over New Zealand's Southern Alps, Lake Tekapo and the Mount Cook Area took our proverbial breath. The backdrop was topped only by the more spectacular terrain, in which we drew endless turns. Together we reached an agreement: The term "gigantic" hits it pretty well for the backcountry of Roundhill!

Skiing and freeriding in the backcountry of Roundhill ski field
B.A.M. CEO Bambam testing the PINDING® in the backcountry of Roundhill

Roundhill is also one of the few ski resorts in New Zealand that can come up with a snowmaking system. Not only ski tourists from around the world benefit from the extensive snowmaking system, but also numerous national ski teams. Roundhill for example is the seasonal training area of ski stars like Ted Ligety and consorts.

Roundhill with Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps
Lake Tekapo lies peaceful on the foot of the Southern Alps

After the last bit of strength went out of our muscles, we set off again with the Multi Mountain Chill Pass by our partner Studio Chill to the last spot of our trip, Broken River.

More information about skiing and ferrying in the Roundhill ski club field can be found here.

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