Snow Fun Zone – Snow Farm
A day at the Snow Farm is a must-do for all things snow, to suit the whole family! We're famous for our friendly, social atmosphere and amazing cross-country skiing adventures - suitable for everyone, but our family Snow Fun Zone is the place to come play in the snow, build a snowman, hire a tube, or even just experience snow for the first time and if you're not a kid yourself, just come and be a kid again!
Our entry pass of $10 for the Snow Play area and Tube hire is only $15 per tube. Share a tube amongst your family. Pricing is the same for children and adults.
Note: Children MUST be supervised by an adult at all times.
Snow Farm is set high on top of the Pisa Range plateau with 55km of stunning tracks to explore – or spend the day with the kids close to base and play in our dedicated Snow Fun Zone.
We have all the gear, hire it here – or bring your own. Packages for skiing and snowshoeing include instruction before you set off or join in a snow tour.
It’s truly another world up here – what are you waiting for?
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Experience Day all-inclusive from $45
Cross country skiing is for everyone! It is an amazing way to see the countryside, enjoy the scenery while you climb, descend and traverse terrain making the sport a truly "cross country" activity. Our trails are groomed and easy to follow. Many are designed with the beginner in mind. Gear hire includes an introduction to your skis and practice lesson, then you're away!
For more information click here.
SNOW ZONE – SNOW PLAY
Come up and bring the kids for a play. Make a snowman, explore the caves - touch, experience and discover snow and then relax at the cafe afterwards and watch the action. All the same price – $10
SNOW ZONE TUBING
Entry and tubing hire just $15 per adult or child.
Whether you are the daring downhill daredevil or prefer a more gentle slope we have the terrain for you in our dedicated Tubing park. Tubing is a great way for all members of the family to enjoy their time on the snow. Tubes are available for hire with gloves, hats, and clothes in the shop. Located just outside the lodge, it's easy to experience the thrill of tubing and sledging. Tube hire is $15 per tube. You must have a Snow Play entry to hire a tube.
Snowshoe packages from just $25
There is a range of network of backcountry trails available and huts that will allow adventurers the prospect of extended mountain journeys with the highest point of the range, Mt. Pisa at 1,964m (6,444ft), being easily within the reach of a fit and capable party. To meet the increasing popularity of snowshoeing in NZ, a network of snowshoe routes is also being developed this season using a European style of signage within the Snow Farm boundaries, offering the option of tours from a couple of hours to overnight expeditions. Snow Farm run guided snowshoe tours exploring the ecology and geology of the Pisa Range. To learn more about Snow Shoeing on Snow Farm click here.
Snow Farm has true New Zealand backcountry huts with the unique ski-in and ski-out luxury. The Bob Lee, Daisy Lee and Meadow Huts are accessible from the groomed cross country trail system. You don't even have to be an expert to ski to the huts!
The trails that connect the huts are manageable after a day or two of learning cross country skiing as the Meadow Hut is only 3.8km from the main lodge and Bob Lee Hut and Daisy Lee are 6.5km. These huts offer great access to the fantastic Pisa Range and back country terrain.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR THE KIDS
Snow Farm is highly committed to the development of New Zealand youth in cross-country skiing and biathlon sport. The programmes are designed to be progressive, challenging and fun with the improvement and opportunities for youth at the forefront of the design of these 5 week programmes.
Mini Merinos - ages 3+
A Six week programme for our younger skiers, focusing on games, fun and fitness and working towards becoming independent skiers. Learn the Fundamentals of ski technique and build towards participation in the annual Mini Merino Muster event.
Midi Merinos - ages 6+
A Six week programme for primary school kids. The focus is on progressing ski technique, exploring the mountain, safety and looking after each other. Whilst moving toward some low key competition, the emphasis is on participation. This builds towards their participation in the annual Merino Muster race.
For more information on the Merino Muster please click here.
Development Team – ages 11+
The Development Team is focused on taking the lessons learnt in the Mini Merinos and polishes those skills. A focus is on learning about competitions and performance. Kids will learn about waxing, sports psychology and participate in Regular Snow Farm Cross Country and Biathlon Events. It builds young skiers into successful cross-country ski racers. There may be other optional scheduled sessions outside of normal practice time, to be announced during winter. Any secondary-school aged kids who want to develop their skills and fitness to a competitive level and have more time on the snow are encouraged to join.
This programme provides ongoing cross-country skiing training for biathlon and skiers alike. Every weekend for 9 weeks intensive and focused groups sessions will be held aimed at developing our youth and providing a clear pathway for their progression.
Snow Farm Lodge Accommodation
Snow Farm Lodge provides a unique accommodation experience where you stay right on the snow and can ski in/out of your accommodation! Snow Farm is in a safe, flat location that is ideal for kids to run around. We provide a range of family friendly rooms, there's a restaurant serving breakfast and buffet dinner, a cafe and cosy TV lounge stocked with books and games. Our accommodation packages are for half or full board, or can include cross country ski hire and lessons too. Free WiFi onsite.