I headed up to Craigieburn on July 10th and stayed at the lodge the night before opening day (the 11th). I was one of two guests at the lodge the first day.... for opening day, only overnight guests, staff, club members and chill pass holders were issued lift tickets. I'd say there were maybe 25-30 people on the mountain total (if even)... and the following days there were generally not any more than that, except maybe on Sunday, when there may have been 40-50 people up there. There were fresh tracks all day, never a liftline on any of the days I was there, though I did struggle a bit with getting used to the nutcracker/rope tows (with a good 15 failed attempts getting on the tows over my first two days). Visibility wasn't the best the 2nd day, but then it cleared up again and there were great almost spring like conditions on the third day. I also skied at Mt. Olympus and Mt. Hutt (which I'll post pics of later).... I was sort of shell shocked to be at an actual "ski resort" when I ended off my trip at Mt. Hutt - which has some great terrain, but I think for my next trip to NZ I'm going to only ski club fields.
Really great snow on opening day
This is what it looked like where people actually tracked the snow out... but there still was a ton of untracked snow available a day or two after opening day
Looking up to Hamilton Peak at Craigieburn at the end of opening day
Looking at the bottom rope tow at Craigieburn in bad visibility
The pub at Craigieburn.... I spent a lot of time here... I guess maybe Glen Plake did too (based on the autographed poster on the wall)
Nice scenic shot for good measure
Seems like a lot of really amazing backcountry options...
My own tracks crossing each other between the rocks... it's great to be able to see your own tracks all day