Hanmer Springs Ski Area is a friendly, fun ski area just 17km from the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs. From the top of the field there are great views of the surrounding mountains of St James and Molesworth Stations and the distant peaks of the Nelson Lakes National Park.
There are a variety of groomed runs and off piste to choose from for all ages and stages of skill. There are three lifts – a Poma, a Rope Tow and the learners area has a Fixed Grip Tow. If you have never used a nutcracker before, Hanmer Springs is a good place to start, or if your not interested in giving that a go you can spend the day riding the Poma anyway as this is the lift that gives you access to the top of the field.
To top off a perfect day or weekend in the mountains a soak in the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools will ease the strain on the muscles. The village also has some great Restaurants and Bars, and even a nightclub for those with stamina!