Roundhill Ski Area was originally opened in the early 1960’s as a club ski area by local farmers. Karl & Audrey Burtscher took over Roundhill in 1974 and ran it as a commercial ski field, closing in 1990. In 2000 Christian Burtscher and Karoline and Oskar Rieder reopened Roundhill after making some major changes such as introducing a comprehensive snowmaking system and installing the 1.4km T-Bar surface lift. Since reopening they have continued to grow and improve the ski field making it one of the most popular ski fields for Kiwi families.
A major development for the 2010 winter was the installation of the Heritage Express Rope Tow, at 1440m long it’s the world’s longest tow. The Heritage Express has a top elevation of 2133m and a slope of 26 to 32 degrees and gives Roundhill a total vertical drop of 783m, the biggest in Australasia. The Heritage Express tripled Roundhills skiable area bringing it to a huge 600ha. This lift provides access to chutes, bowls and plenty of steep ungroomed terrain the will appeal to the advanced and adventurous!
An extensive snowmaking system covering a large area provides great snow cover without any help from Mother Nature. The professional snow grooming team ensure pristine conditions throughout the season.
Families enjoy the laid back friendly atmosphere at Roundhill. Access is easy with a scenic 24km drive along the Eastern Shore of Lake Tekapo followed by a gradual 8km climb up the easy, wide Ski Field access road. Skiers reverse their cars up to the slope, open the boot and pull out their deck chairs, picnic tables and bbq’s and set up camp for the day!
Roundhills aspect makes for lots of sunshine hours.
We have a very diverse terrain mix. Our wide, gentle learners area is perfect for children and first timers while the undulating intermediate runs offer just the right pitch to be exciting but not intimidating, perfect for those returning to the snow or for an easy transition to take your skiing to the next level, and of course there is the Heritage Express which is sure to thrill the experts.
Our qualified instructors are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable – they provide expert tuition for beginner through to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Our childrens group lessons are perfect for the young ones to learn the basics or hone their skills with other children in a safe and fun environment.
We have over 350 sets of ski and snowboard equipment for all ages. Our friendly staff will ensure you have the correct equipment for your needs. To help you with your progression, we ensure that all our equipment is well maintained and tuned regularly. All of our rental skis are “carving” skis and our snowboards all have strap in bindings. We also hire nutcrackers and harnesses for the Heritage Rope Tow and helmets and toboggans are available.
The Two-Thumb Café is the perfect place for you to relax and recharge. Offering cosy
indoor seating or all day sun on an expansive deck the Two-Thumb Cafe is the ideal place for you to relax and take in the amazing scenery. Our licensed cafe offers hearty kiwi fare, great coffee, and a wide range of refreshments.
The “von Brown hut”, a secret hideaway stashed at the top of the T-Bar where you can sit and sip on a schnapps or cold beer while enjoying the peace and taking in some of NZ’s most spectacular scenery (open subject to availability).
2008 saw the birth of the popular Roundhill terrain park. ‘Central Park’ has a collection of features with – kickers, tables, boxes, rails, rollers, jumps and platforms.