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!
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.
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.