Not many people know about Ohau ski resort that nestles in the slopes of Mount Sutton in the Ohau mountain range of New Zealand. Its fairly remote location, just off the Mackenzie Plains highway between Queenstown and Christchurch, has meant fewer people come here on a regular basis. Ohau Resort offers fabulous skiing on diverse terrain for novice to advanced level skiers and has the advantage of empty runs, a warm and friendly environment and superb views of Mount Cook and Lake Ohau.
There are a variety of ski trails for all to enjoy at Ohau ski resort. Beginners with limited experience have 20 per cent of the trails to gain confidence, including the spacious ‘Boulevard’. Half the slopes at Ohau are suitable for intermediates like the ‘Luge’, a cruising slope that winds back and forth across the mountain face. Thirty per cent of trails will provide challenges to advanced and expert skiers; the adrenalin pumping ‘Escalator’ provides a thrill to even the most proficient skiers. The slopes are accessed by three ski lifts, a platter lift, a fixed grip lift and a T-bar that extends for over half a mile.
There is fabulous accommodation within easy reach of the slopes. Lake Ohau Lodge, with 75 rooms ranging from basic backpacker units to luxury double rooms, is just a 15 minute drive from the skiing area. The lodge offers spectacular views of the area. Other accommodation, ranging from casual to plush, is also available at two other towns not more than thirty miles from the Ohau ski resort. Both the towns, Twizel and Omarama, provide a range of entertainment and leisure options to fill off-slope hours.
Those wanting to brush up their skiing can do so at a good ski school in Ohau. The resort also hosts a number of exciting winter events including a festive Irish weekend, a winter ball and the Highland Games. These are occasions to enjoy the spirit of the Old Country and have good time with old friends and new. The ski season at Ohau runs from July to October.