Snowboarder doing tricks at Night Ski at Coronet Peak

Night Ski at Coronet Peak

5 reasons why Night Ski is one of Queenstown's Bucket List activities

Amazing DJs, outdoor fires, fresh tracks, cold beer and hot pizza under the stars… it doesn’t get much more ultimate than spending a winter’s evening Night Skiing. Here are 5 reasons why Coronet Peak Night Ski must be added to your Queenstown winter bucket list.

Coronet Peak night ski

Night Ski Coronet Peak

Night Ski Coronet Peak

1. First Tracks Take Two

In between the day ski and night ski, the mountain shuts for an hour to allow for grooming the runs. If you can, make sure to get up the mountain early and line up before the lifts reopen at 5pm. Skiing that fresh corduroy is an experience like no other. In fact, those first runs might just be the best of the night.

2. Even more time for activities

Night skiing is the ideal solution for those who already have a day’s worth of activity planned but want to squeeze a substantial ski or board in too. Spend the day jet boating, bungy jumping, skydiving, dirt biking, or paragliding, and spend the evening cutting fresh tracks in the snow. Choice!

Friends at Coronet Peak Ski Field

Night Ski Coronet Peak

Night Ski Coronet Peak

3. Shorter queues

Families with younger children and beginners tend to prefer slipping down the slopes in daylight which means the bulk of the mountain traffic have finished up for the day at 4pm. This is ideal for the brave night rider as there are fewer people on the mountain meaning shorter queues for the lifts and more space to roam on the floodlit runs.

4. Views from the Ice bar

Mid-way down the main run (M1) sits the Ice Bar – the ideal spot to stop for a quick brew and snack. On a clear night, the view of the Milky Way from the Ice Bar is unbeatable. 

Coronet Peak night ski and beverages

Coronet Peak Night Ski Base Building

Coronet Peak Night Ski Base Building

5. You don’t even have to ski

There is always a great vibe at Night Ski with outdoor fires, an endless supply of great food and drink, and amazing DJs down at the base building. Kick off your Queenstown night out with a drink and dinner at the base building and catch the last bus off the mountain at 9:30pm which will take you straight into the CBD.


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