The Christiania (Christie) Derby is a ski race competition between the 50-odd clubs on Ruapehu. It is the oldest and one of the biggest races held on Ruapehu each year. 2018 will be the 61st Derby.

Derby is the first in a series of inter-club races and is run on the first Saturday in August. In previous years this race has attracted between 150 – 200 racers and we anticipate that there will be similar this year.

This event is competitive but it is also well patronised due to the fun element. The highlight of the event for many is prize giving and after-match function held at the Christiania Ski Lodge near the Rangatira Express chairlift.


GS teams race - Christiania Derby

4 people per team

  • Juniors Team (under 17 at 1 January, at least 1 girl in team, whose time is counted)
  • Mens Team (open ages)
  • Ladies Team (open ages)
  • Masters (40 or over at 1 January and at least 1 lady in team, whose time is counted)


  • Snowboarders
  • Veterans (65 or over at 1 January)

Entry Fee:

The entry fee is $30.00 per person


  • Ski Teams fastest three times count
  • Skiers can only race for one team
  • More than one team can be entered from each club in each category
  • Snowboards must be of conventional style Squalls and Mono skis do not qualify for prizes.


All teams must complete Entry Forms and provide full payment at the Christiana Ski Club between 8.00 am and 8.45 on race morning. You can pre-register online prior but still need to collect registration packs from Christie lodge (it would help to bring a printed copy of your registration with you). To pre-register online click here.

Race start:

10:00am at top of Te Heu Heu Valley (The Valley) or as advised if changed by RAL
Course inspection 9am to 9:30am from side of course

Prize Giving:

Christiania Ski Lodge. Tickets issued with registration packs only

Please note: - If your racers are under 18 yrs please make sure that your club sends a responsible adult and stays with them. We will have non-alcoholic drinks available. Christiania Ski Club is not responsible for under 18 year olds and their consumption of alcohol.

For further information please contact our club captain Kirk Hannaford at

Information on this page is subject to change please check back closer to the date of the event for final details.

For 2018 Derby results Click here

For 2017 Derby results Click here

Derby was not held in 2016 due to bad weather

For 2015 Derby results Click here

Derby was not held in 2014 due to bad weather

For 2013 Derby results Click here

For 2012 Derby results Click here

For 2011 Derby results Click here

Quick Links
Joining info 
Derby Registration Form