Skiers and snowboarders from all around the world travel to Queenstown during winters to experience and explore the picturesque town and its surrounding ski fields. Whether you are a novice or the ultimate pro skier, there are ski packages for all abilities and skills. Read on to know more about skiing in Queenstown!
The Ski GearThere is no need for you to bring your own ski gear along. Many ski rental shops deliver the gear to your accommodation or you can just rent it at the ski field, use it for the day and then return when you are done. If you do not want to rent and do not own one, the city is full of sports equipment shops where the gear will be easily available.
4 Best Areas for Skiing in Queenstown
The Remarkables mountain range is a scenic 40 minute drive from downtown Queenstown and is a fantastic ski field for all ages and abilities. Spread over 350 hectares of terrain with a high-speed six-seater chairlift to the Sugar Bowl, it is the perfect ski location. Equipment can be hired on the spot for both, kids and adults. Experienced coaches provide ski and snowboard lessons for everyone, though you need to book in advance to confirm your spot. The Remarkables is open everyday from July to October. During the rest of the months, it remains open on the weekends. The Remarkables and the Coronet Peak are considered sister mountains. Buying a multi-day pass provides access to both spots and gives the best value for money while you get to have an exhilarating experience. Give some rest to your legs and enjoy the Kiwi hospitality in the cafes, bars and eateries.
Cost: NZD 30 - NZD 800
2. Coronet Peak Ski Area
Only 25 minutes away from Queenstown, Coronet Peak ski area is the closest to Queenstown, therefore the busiest. Spectacular views, roller coaster terrain and modern facilities make it a great place to ski. The slopes are ideal for beginners as well as ski connoisseurs, still, there are trained coaches giving lessons to beginners and advising the experienced ones on how to improve their skills. You can either drive along the scenic alpine road or catch the Ski Bus from central Queenstown to reach the Coronet Peak. Queenstown has a plethora of bars and restaurants you could go for Après Ski. More information is given under the "Where to go for Après Ski" head below. If you are too busy during the day, do not worry. Night skiing is also quite popular at Coronet Peak as it also happens to be the only ski field allowing night skiing. Learners and novices are trained in different areas from the main field which makes it easier for them as well as the others who can ski without worrying. Explore the slopes, soak up the spectacular views and make the most of this thrilling adventure.
Cost: NZD 30 - NZD 800
3. Cardrona Alpine Resort
An hour's drive from Queenstown(43 kilometres away) Cardrona ski slopes are especially popular with families and is perfect for children. Drop your kid off at the fully licensed childcare centre - Ski Kindy(for children from 3 months to 5 years of age). It has plenty of wide and unrestricted trails spread across three basins and also a gondola chairlift which makes it easy for beginners to ride to the mountain top on their first day. With accommodation facilities at the mountain top, childcare centre, ski and snowboard lessons and rental shops, Cardrona is nothing less than treasure.
Cost: NZD 65 - NZD 130
4. Treble Cone Ski Area
Treble Cone is the largest ski area in New Zealand's South Island. Famous for off-piste terrains and the spectacular vistas of the Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps, it is 90 minutes away from Queenstown. It is 700 metre long, groomed and the best freeriding terrain. It is a favourite among expert riders, though there is a separate slope for beginners. There is an option of heli-skiing in the area too. The learner area is located at a convenient position next to the ski and snowboard rental shop and the Base Lodge. If you are an experienced skier, Treble Cone will be a fun ride for you.
Cost: NZD 65 - NZD 130
Other Areas for Skiing in Queenstown
A private ski area, it is an unspoiled ski ground where you can have an experience of backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Soak up the breathtaking vistas from the mountain top and enjoy the views of the cities of Queenstown, Wanaka and Fiordland. You will feel like you have the mountain exclusively for yourself. Treat yourself with the three-course lunch prepared by the chefs at Amisfield and afterwards visit the vineyards at Alpine Hut for some wine tasting.
Cost: NZD 1000 - NZD 1150
How to Reach - Self Drive or Ski Bus?
There are some ski bus companies which offer daily up and down services to all four ski areas from different departure points. You can take a round at the Queenstown Visitor Information Centre (22 Shotover St) for more info. By availing these services, you will not have to worry about rental charges and vehicles or stress about navigating the region's hairpin roads leading to the point.
Cost: The average cost ranges about NZD 30 - NZD 55 per person.
Where to go for Après Ski?Queenstown has ample of bars where you could go for Après Ski. With more than 40 bars situated with a square kilometre, there are a lot of options. We have the Rhino's Ski Shack bar which hosts alpine themed Après Ski. If you are a fan of cocktails and wines, head to bars like World Bar, Little Blackwood, Winnies The Bunker or Bardeaux.
Have a great time and enjoy the incredible mountain backdrops, local eateries, and huge ski slopes that Queenstown offers.