The Queenstown Ski Fields

Queenstown is the perfect ski destination, but which mountain do you choose? Discover the best ski field for you with our breakdown on the local slopes.

Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak Ski field has 280 hectares of fun rolling terrain which has been groomed to perfection, on a powder day you can literally ski everywhere.

The extensive beginner area provides a safe space for people to learn and develop their skills. Beginner skiers and snowboarders can start off on the magic carpet lifts to learn the very basics and then venture onto the Meadows chair lift to test out their skills on a slightly longer ski run.

The brand new Coronet Peak high speed Chondola (a mixture of gondolas and 6 seater chairs), the Green Gates lift and the Rocky Gulley T-Bar takes skiers and snowboarders to the top of the Peak providing access to various on and off piste terrain.

Head down the M1 for the easiest route down or challenge yourself to one of the many steeper red or black ski runs. The terrain is extremely varied offering everything from wide-open pistes to natural gulleys to steeps, flats and rolling sections. There are even a few small terrain parks for those wanting to hit some jumps or rails.  With a little creativity and flare you’ll find plenty of natural hits to play on.  

Coronet Peak hosts a number of winter events throughout the ski season the most popular being epic parties during its night skiing sessions. Coronet Night Ski is on every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night from end of June through to September (dates vary slightly each season).

Being the closest ski field to Queenstown, just an easy 25-minute drive on a sealed road, it’s a  favourite for locals and visitors, which means it can also get very busy during weekends, holidays and after fresh snow. 

A south facing mountain, Coronet sees less sunshine than some of the other ski fields. This is great for maintaining the base and keeping the snow fresh but it can also be quite icy during cold snaps. With a  whopping 215 automated snow guns to keep the ski runs loaded with snow throughout the entire winter season and they certainly get put to good use. Make sure your ski/snowboard edges are sharp and you’ll enjoy it even more.

Remarkables
A favourite among families and freeskiers alike, the Remarkables Ski Field has it all – great snow, due to it’s altitude 1943m, fun groomed pistes, easily accessible off-piste skiing and world class terrain parks including the Burton Stash Park.

With covered magic carpet lifts and a large beginner area, Remarks offers spacious, gentle slopes, fantastic for beginners and progression.   Perfect for building confidence and practicing skills while exploring more of the mountain.

The Burton Stash Park is jam packed with natural features using elements from the Remarkables environment, wooden rails and a rock hut among the line up.  The park features lines of jumps, rails and features for everyone from beginners to advanced, all watched over by spectactors on the chairlift.

The off –piste terrain at the Remarkables ski field is extensive and a huge draw card.  From the top of the Shadow Basin lift you can ski straight onto the Homeward Bound and Outward Bound fields, which are 100% off piste and descend for 1.5 – 2 km, with a shuttle bus at the bottom back to the base building.
If you don’t mind a hike, there are plenty of easily accessible runs, chutes, drops and ridgelines to explore all within the ski boundary. The chutes above Lake Alta and the toilet bowl are two runs not to be missed, just make sure you get there early on a powder day!

Remarks is 45 minutes drive from central Queenstown. The access road winds itself around the face of the remarkables so there are some amazing views on the drive. For the best view of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu don’t miss a short walk up from the Shadow lift to the weather station. Absolutely breathtaking!  With or without your ski gear.

 

Cardrona Alpine Resort

With an elevation of 1860m, Cardrona ski field is renown for its great snow and stunning views across Queenstown and Wanaka. The resort naturally has better snow than the resorts lower down plus they have state of the art snow making facilities to top up the pistes if needed. Cardrona provides a fun playground for all abilities with wide rolling pistes, world-class terrain park, Olympic size half pipe and easily accessible off piste skiing.

With 3 magic carpet lifts in the beginner area and a Chondola providing access to the rest of the green easy ski runs – beginners are well catered for. Fo more of a challenge you can ski down to the Whitestar Express chair lift with a birds eye view of the terrain park on your way back to the top. From there you can make your way over to the Captains Valley or all the way down to Valley View which will definitely test your quad strength being a 4km ski run.

Captains Valley combines super wide rolling pistes with some natural hits, drops off and chutes off-piste. If you’re an intermediate skier or snowboarder this is an area that will give you confidence to push your skills to the next level. s.

Cardrona hosts a number of events and competitions each year including the NZ Winter Games which sees stars from the winter Olympics and X Games compete in their first major championships of the season. Definitely worth a watch!

Situated roughly half way between Queenstown and Wanaka. It takes about an hour and a quarter to get to the base building from Queenstown – slightly longer on a snow day. Don’t miss a stop at the Cardrona Hotel, the place to go for a little bit of Apres Ski, great snacks and drinks in an historic old hotel with the best beer garden around.

 

Treble Cone

550 hectares of skiable terrain and over 700m of vertical make Treblecone the largest ski field in the Southern Lakes. It’s the furthest from Queenstown with a 1.5 hour transfer time but definatley worth the effort.

With an elevation of 1260m and lifts that carry you to an impressive 1960m,  Treblecone consistently delivers great snow conditions both on and off-piste. 

Treblecone is renowned for being a powder filled off-piste playground for capable skiers and snowboarders, however there’s still something for all abilities.  There’s a magic carpet learners lift for beginners and once you’ve got the hang of it you can head up the home basin chair lift and for a very long green run Easy Rider.

The mountain is made up of four ski areas. Home Basin and Saddle Basin are the two main areas with chair lifts and groomed green, blue and red ski runs. Saddle Basin has a large area in the centre full of natural gulleys, hits, drops and half pipes, which is left un-groomed – free skiers heaven. The groomed ski runs in both main basins are wide and rolling although they do tend to be a little steeper gradient and therefore a bit more challenging than some of the other resorts.

The Motatapu and Matukituki basins are both 100% off-piste and un-groomed. They are within the resorts ski boundary but only open when conditions allow. The terrain is steep and challenging with natural gulleys and drops, definitely for the more advanced, but fantastic fun.

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