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The Story of Freeskiing in NZ

How did a snow-sports outlier spawn some of the best skiers in the world?

Story of Freeskiing in NZ


Have you ever wondered what skiing and snowboarding was like in the ‘good old days’, before mammoth queues, impersonable crowds, untracked powder that lasts as long as it takes to eat the lunch that you’ve had to take out a second mortgage just to buy on the mountain? Cue ‘The Clubbies’. Step back in time (not too far though, our pioneers used to walk a long way just to strap on their planks) and experience the last frontier of skiing and snowboarding at New Zealand's club ski fields, without the disinfected, disconnected feeling that often taints modern day alpine experiences. Find good lines, good people and an amazing vibe at the club fields - an incredibly unique experience near Christchurch, NZ where human ingenuity, quirk and even craft beer combine to make for a cocktail of magic memories on snow.

Good Gear

Just like any ski area anywhere in the world, you’ll need the basic assortment of kit when you visit the clubbies, from warm base layers to waterproof outer layers, sunglasses, goggles, helmet, wooly hat, skis/poles/snowboard & boots, gloves, day pack, and some form of transport to get you there. Below we’ve listed our recommendations on where to get hold of the essentials that you’ll need when you hit The Clubbies.

Outer Layers

Rope Tow Accessories

Ski & Board Repairs


Ski Boots


Down Jackets

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Rentals & Services

When visiting the Clubbies you may want to rent some gear, rather than splashing out, or drop your gear off for a tune on your day off. Check out these awesome providers of top notch offerings that'll be just-the-job for your foray into the hills.

Tours & Transport

Ski & Board Rental

Car Rental

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