Mt Lyford




The access road turns off Highway 70 about 20km's after Waiau. It is a 8km long well maintained gravel road which passes through Beach Forest and into alpine terrain. It passes through the lower of the two areas at Mount Lyford, Lake Stella, where there is a car park, and finishes at Terako Basin, where there is another car park and the ski area.

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Mt Lyford, Contact

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +64 3 3661220
Fax: +64 3 3156158
Snowphone: +64 3 3661220
Mail: Mt Lyford Alpine Resort, Rural Delivery, Waiau, North Canterbury,

Late June to Early October

Privately Owned Commercial Ski Area owned and operated by the Simpson family.

Lift Info

Total: 5

  • One T-bar
  • Two platters
  • One 180m fixed grip
  • One advanced rope tow.



Six Kassbohrer Snowgroomers and one half pipe shredder.



Terrain Park

  • Wild Ride Terrain Park (jumps, kickers, rails)
  • R & R Sport Kaikoura Half Pipe
  • Quarter Pipe
  • International Truck Jump
  • Basin d escribed as a Natural Terrain Park

Restaurants & Cafes

Mt Lyford has one on-mountain cafe.

Rental Equipment

Mt Lyford has an extensive ski & snowboard equipment rental. No clothing.



Mountain Shuttle

Daily service from:

The Mt Lyford Lodge & Log Chalet Village- Snow Resort - Return
Pick up 8:30am - $20 return.

Snowco supports;

Chain Hire


  • Base Altitude

    1249 m

  • Highest Altitude

    1750 m

  • Vertical Drop

    450 m

  • Skiable Area

    180 ha

  • Annual Snowfall


  • Average Snow Depth

    93 cm

About Mt Lyford

The sunny Terako field, an ideal family field, offers a great learners area as well as challenging runs for intermediate and advanced skiers. The Day Lodge/restaurant and carpark is centrally located.

This sunny northwest facing basin receives its best snow from the south, south-east quarter and most years' gets good snow cover, even at its lower altitude.

Mt Lyford facilities include: Terako Day Lodge, Chamois Cafe, Ticket Office, First Aid, Ski & Snowboard Hire. It offers a ski & snowboard school for all ages and abilities, operated 6 snow groomers and one half-pipe shredder.

Activities include skiing, snowboarding, tubing, racing, tobogganing, and other fun activities.

Terrain features include: Wild Ride Terrain Park (jumps, kickers, and rails), R & R Sport Kaikoura Half Pipe, Quarter Pipe, International Truck Jump, Basin described as a Natural Terrain Park.

Established in 2004 the Wild Ride Terrain Park has been a fantastic addition to Mt Lyford Alpine Resort, which is already described as a natural terrain park. The man made features of the terrain park add a more exciting and challenging aspect to the resort.

The Wild Ride Terrain Park has been set up in its own basin to the right of the Cloudy T-bar. The park has a lead in through a natural terrain shoot with a snow cornice up to the left perfect for wing over's.


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Mt Lyford Ski Area Promo Video