Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is Queenstown’s original ski resort and is situated a mere 25 minute drive from town. It has a reputation for some of the most varied ski landscapes in Australasia with a range of open slopes and wide rolling terrain.

Coronet Peak hosts high profile events such as The Queenstown Winter Festival and the 50K of Coronet Peak. Night skiing, currently exclusive to Coronet Peak, allows skiers and riders to make the most of each day. Coronet Peak’s extensive snowmaking facilities guarantee a long season and its award winning ski and snowboard school provides lessons for learners and assistance for those wanting to hone rusty skills.

The Remarkables

On the other side of the valley lies The Remarkables, a friendly and relaxed ski field well suited to families. Children have the use of Skiwiland, and those ten years and under get a free day lift pass. Surrounded by towering peaks, The Remarkables offers three sunny sheltered bowls and is a great place to learn to ski as there is easy access to the learner runs. There’s also a variety of challenging terrain on offer as well as long off-piste runs.

Cardrona

Cardrona, rated after extensive research by the Ski Areas Association of NZ (SANZ) as New Zealand’s leading ski area, offers varied terrain and reliable natural snow which attracts all levels of skiers and boarders from beginners to advanced.

It is home to New Zealand’s longest terrain park, which provides some 25 features set over a 1.3 kilometre course, and it has the Southern Hemisphere’s largest pipe park with four half and super pipes. The half pipes have reinforced Cardrona’s position as an internationally recognised freestyle destination.

High profile events held at Cardrona include the Burton New Zealand Open, when the world’s top professional snowboarders put on a spectacular display of competitive riding in the superpipe and terrain park; the New Zealand National Ski Championships; and the National Snowboard Championships.

Cardrona is also popular with families as it provides a comprehensive range of children’s programmes and facilities catering for children aged from three months to 12 years of age.

Treble Cone

Treble Cone, the Southern Hemisphere’s training ground of choice for European and US World Cup national teams, is the South Island’s largest ski area. Its slopes are uncrowded and it provides reliable snow conditions with a variety of runs, including Australasia’s longest groomed trail at seven kilometres in length. The ski field is set on 550 hectares of terrain and offers a premium winter snow experience with world-famous views across Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring.

The installation of a new quad chairlift, which transports visitors to ‘Tim’s Table’ at 1950 metres in the popular saddle basin area, has expanded intermediate terrain by a further 45 hectares. In the latest survey by SANZ, Treble Cone was rated tops for its alpine cuisine, snow school and mountain hire equipment.

Heli-Skiing

If the thought of escaping the crowds and carving unmarked snow sounds appealing, then heli-skiing, the ultimate alpine adventure, is for you! From glaciers to gentle runs there’s a diverse range of terrain on offer for the keen heli-skier or rider in the Southern Lakes region. Using the helicopter as a chairlift, groups consisting of four to five plus a guide are dropped on exclusive mountain ranges at altitudes of between 1400 and 2200 metres where they traverse unadulterated snow before they’re picked up by helicopter and transported to another unique location.