Skiing And Snowboarding In Queenstown And Wanaka in 2017
Queenstown is arguably the top skiing destination in New Zealand, with four popular ski resorts in a 90 minute radius. During winter, the whole Queenstown Lakes district comes alive with the annual Winter Festival, an upsurge in nightlife and tourists from all over the world flocking to this winter wonderland.
The ski season in Queenstown runs from June to October and generally runs longer than other ski regions due to the cooler climate in the Central Otago region. Whilst the opening dates for the 2017 ski resorts are yet to be announced, the resorts opened from 11th June in 2016 which should give you a rough indication of when you can hit the slopes. From this date Queenstown becomes swarmed with out-of-towners for the ski season, but there’s plenty food, accommodation and activities to keep everyone occupied!
There are four key ski fields in the Queenstown and Wanaka region: Cadrona, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect at each ski field:
Cardrona Alpine Resort is situated 1 hour from Queenstown and 35 minutes from Wanaka. The field is a favourite with beginner Skiers and Snowboarders with the field’s nursery slopes and comprehensive lesson packages. Roughly 20% of the field is suitable for beginners, 45% suits intermediate skiers & snowboarders and 25% is ideal for advanced skiing and snowboarding.
A one day pass with rental gear will set you back $149 for each adult and $95 for kids, with lesson packages available. Check out Cardrona Ski Field’s website for a comprehensive list of ski packages available.
18km to the northeast of Queenstown lies Coronet Peak, another popular ski field among skiers and snowboarders of all levels. From July to September you can ski or board until 9pm which is attractive to diehard snow junkies. One thing to consider is that Coronet Peak is very busy during school holidays, so it would pay to plan your snow activities accordingly. Here, approximately a quart of the skiable area is suitable for beginners, 40% is good for more experienced riders while a third is ideal for advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Package deals here are in conjunction with The Remarkables ski field. You can get a 4 day pass for $288 for adults ($72 per day) and $150 for youths ($37.50 per day). For full pricing across the whole ski package range and to secure early bird passes visit NZSki before passes sell out!
The Remarkables Ski Field is situated 35 minutes from central Queenstown and is home to a versatile terrain catering to absolute beginners and advance skiers and snowboarders. This year, the Remarkables Ski Field will be installing an enclosed conveyor lift on their learner slopes so you can get to the top of the learner slopes faster. In 2015 the ski field opened their new base building with a restaurant, cafe, coffee bar and ice bar to cater to slope patrons throughout the day. These investments in their facilities only proves that The Remarkables Ski Field is a world-class ski field constantly investing in innovations to optimise your ski and snowboard experience!
A day pass on The Remarkables Ski Field will set you back $99 for an adult, $52 for youths and children are free. You can also purchase an “Intro to Snow” 4 day package which gives your 4 individual day passes to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak anytime in the 2017 season for $499. In this package you will receive two group lessons per day and gear fire for those 4 days! For more info on passes visit the The Remarkables page on NZSki.
At 550ha Treble Cone is the largest ski and snowboard resort in the South Island and boasts the longest vertical of all the ski fields in Queenstown and Wanaka. Treble Cone is great for beginners by offering a free surface lift and slope to learn on located next to the bar & cafe. Rider who are more confident on their skis or boards can explore the far reaches of the ski field with some of the best unchartered ski terrain in New Zealand. Treble Cone is 30 minutes from Wanaka, where shuttles run to the resort at 8am & 10am and return to Wanaka 2pm & 4pm.
An adult pass for 1 day costs $110, with children aged 6-17 years priced at $55. Treble Cone offers a Family Pass for 2 adults and 2 children for $297 per day! For more information on Treble Cone visit the resort’s website.
Where to stay in Queenstown
To make the most of the 2017 Ski Season, we recommend the following amazing properties:
- The Highlander, a stunning new townhouse located within 30 minutes of The Remarkables Ski Area
- Sun Spa Ski on Hensman, a fantastic family home with lake and mountain views from every bedroom.
Where to stay in Wanaka
- Ridge Crest, a modern 6 bedroom property located 30 minutes from Treble Cone
- Sunrise Drive, a new 5 bedroom property just 25 minutes from Treble Cone.
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