Craigieburn Range Haute Route

Day packs; Hot showers;  All meals provided;  Transport provided;  Lift access at start of day!  This is our classic trip, with people returning to ski it again. Four days/three nights of Craigieburn classic touring.

Haute Route trips fill fast. For those who miss out or have not toured before,  The Craigieburn range Mini Mission 3 days/2 nights are a great option. Just as fun and you get to choose the venue.

2024 Dates:

HR 1:  August -10
HR 2:  August 21-24
HR 3:  August 27-30

In association with Chill

The Craigieburn Haute Route is our signature trip.

Chamonix has the famous Haute Route tour with telepheriques, gondolas and lodges.  Broken River has a funicular railway designed by an engineer club member and rope tows that access the top of the resorts. Tour with a professional ski guide from north to south or south to north. You’ll see the entire range and link basins between ski areas – with riding on all aspects.

“We’re stoked to be offering the Craigieburn Haute Route, not only will the terrain offer some superb skiing, each of the club fields and mountain lodges are unique. This a great way to get a taste of the atmosphere of club skiing and mountain environment” – Chill owner Stu Waddel.

Itinerary of the Craigieburn Haute Route:

Day 1: We spend a day skiing Craigieburn Valley ski area, getting used to conditions, familiarizing with equipment, avalanche rescue and learning to ride the rope tows.  We then travel across to Broken River via Allan’s Basin which links the two ski areas. Stay at Broken River ski lodges.

Day 2: Use Broken River lifts to begin the tour to Cheeseman ski field.  Depending on conditions it is possible to ski west face corn or southeast facing powder from Mt Wall.  We stay at Cheeseman’s high Snowline lodge on evening number 2.

Day 3: Ride Cheeseman lifts back to the ridge and ski some fabulous bowls depending on conditions. Ride/ski a Walking Access easement through the Ryton to the Mt Olympus road. Night three is spent at Mt Olympus.

Day 4: Local tour within Mt Olympus, ski Mt Olympus ski field or lounge in NZ’s highest hot tub.


  • Price (2024): 4 days:  $2895/person (maximum of 4)
  • Customized tour also available. Cost includes: transfers, lift access, guides, accommodation, and all food.
  • Max size of group is 4.  This trip is for people who have ski toured previously. If you are a strong skier or boarder who has not yet toured we recommend a shakedown tour to learn the ropes (eg our Introduction to Touring day). Register your interest now and we will contact you with more details.
  • Got a question? Check out the FAQ page or you can email the Chill team at or phone 03 365 6530.
The Craigieburn Haute Route was awesome. Anna and Stu sized us up quickly and delivered a great mix of adventure, entertainment and education from start to end. I had a blast, improved my skiing, learned a bit about the mountains and a lot about the value of a great guide!
Paul Calder

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What to take on the Craigieburn Haute route

What to wear on the Craigieburn Haute route