The environment in the Southern Alps is subject to extreme weather changes and shouldn’t be underestimated.

Essential clothing and equipment you need to have on the mountain are:

For you and your family

Minimum of 3 layers of warm clothing (thermal, shirt, woolen jersey or polar fleece)

Waterproof and wind proof jacket and trousers

Hat and warm, waterproof gloves or mittens

Spare dry clothing, especially warm socks

Sunscreen and sunglasses

For your car

Chains that fit your car’s tyres

Bottled water

Snack food


Backcountry Touring

If you are planning to go backcountry you must carry an avalanche transponder and let Mt Dobson management know when you are leaving, where you plan to go and when you expect to return. Let them know when you get back to the base area.

Outside of the patrolled ski area, avalanche danger is a very real threat. The risk of an avalanche can change from day to day depending on snow and weather conditions. Check the threat level with our patrollers before you leave and be prepared.

Media Visits, Filming and Photography

Mt Dobson Ski Area operates under a license issued by the Department of Conservation. As such any commercial filming or photography needs to meet the guidelines of the operating license. Please contact the Business and Marketing Manager prior to your planned visit.


Flying and filming from drones is becoming very popular. Mt Dobson is also popular with helicopters and aeroplanes on sightseeing flights. Please read New Zealand drone guidelines here.