Overall Rating

Fox Peak

Fox Peak2.5/52
Fox Peak2.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
  • Recommend
    50%
  • Would Revisit
    0%
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Fox Peak - Reviews

Fox Peak - Reviews

Check before you go

Dom09/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Check before you go

Dom09/10/2012
Firstly, you have to check to see if they're open before you even bother driving up the road. Because more often than not, they only open on weekends. They obviously don't get a lot of visitors then so you will never have to fight the crowds to ski. But it means it becomes hard to hitch if you don't have a car.

Anyway, there are no crowds here. And like any good ski field, the best runs are all off piste so don't bother unless you are keen to skin or hike. The access road is not great either and may provide more 'excitement' than you bargain for. Also beware of high winds as this skifield is very exposed and will not be open. Or worse, they will take your money and open one tow or platter or whatever that first access is (I've only been there the once and will never be back) and not give you your money back.

Apparently the backcountry out back is really good but it would have to be a good snow year to tempt me back up there. I don't care how cheap it is if the skiing is no good.

No One There

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/09/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

No One There

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/09/2012
Fox Peak has nice steep terrain and good terrain features such as chutes and bowls, making it ideal for adventurous and experienced riders. Fox Peak also provides great ski touring opportunities.

The best thing about Fox Peak is that you don’t have to share the terrain or powder with many others. It feels like the backcountry except that there are ropetows to get you up to the goods. Apparently the record for the busiest day at Fox Peak was 70 cars in the car park, whilst there were only about 10 cars when we visited.

Like other NZ ski fields, it often suffers from melt-freeze cycles (and rain sometimes) and at times Fox Peak can become Poxy Peak. Surface conditions are very aspect dependent. Luckily Fox Peak has a variety of aspects so at least if the snow’s frozen, there’ll be some aspects in the sun that’ll soften during the day.

Fox Peak has been described as timeless, but that’s really just because nothing has changed. Fox Peak is very primitive and it makes the Craigieburn ski field look like the Shangri La Resort. The deck was breaking away, the picnic tables gave off major splinters, and the tractor motor on the top tow had karked it. On the plus side, it keeps the experience all about the skiing and boarding, and considering the super cheap lift tickets, you don’t expect an opulent resort experience.