We can count ourselves pretty lucky, with two ski fields on our doorstep here in Queenstown, and another two over the other side of the Crown Range.
So whether you’re hitting the slopes in Queenstown or Wanaka, we’ve got you covered with on-mountain advice and secret stashes from ski racer Alice Robinson of Queenstown and Wanaka freestyle legend Jossi Wells. Get the insider tips and gear up for a ski adventure over the other side of the hill.
You’ve skied some incredible mountains around the world. In your opinion, what makes the Southern Alps so special?
Alice: I find the Southern Alps extremely special because I see them as home, although I’ve seen some extremely impressive alps overseas, none of it compares to experiencing them in your backyard.
Jossi: Our mountains are extremely dramatic. Towering out of the blue lakes through the native forest, up into glaciated high alpine terrain, it’s truly spectacular. Exploring these mountains becomes more enjoyable with every journey out there.
Out of the five resorts in the Queenstown Lakes region (The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone Ski Area and Snow Farm) what’s your go to mountain and why?
Alice: My go to mountain is of course Coronet Peak! It's where I grew up skiing with my family and where I learnt to ski and race so it holds a very special place in my heart. It's currently where I do all my training in the winter and holds a world class race training venue. It's also so easily accessible from the
township, it's 15 minutes from my house and 20 minutes from town which makes it SO easy. And of course I can’t forget the breathtaking panoramic views of the entire Wakatipu basin to the South and the amazing Alps to the North.
Do you have an all time favourite run?
Alice: My favourite run at Coronet Peak has to be The Hurdle! It's a steep rolling run on the main chairlift and super fun to lay some turns on!
Jossi: Crag-Shooter at Treble Cone all day!
For those heading to the mountain this year, what’s your best advice?
Alice: Just get out there and take advantage of what we have in our backyard! If you can, why not get a lesson, or just go out as much as you can. Take your friends and family up and make a day of it, most of my best memories are with my family and friends up the hill. The mountains have such a special atmosphere in the winter so I say go for it!
After a day on the slopes, where’s your go-to après ski spot?
Alice: My favourite après spot at the moment has been either at home with family and friends or at Akarua Wines and Artisan in Lake
Hayes enjoying one of their cheeseboards!
Jossi: Rhyme & Reason has got to be my go-to.
We know skiers notoriously hate to give up their stashes… but can you give us your top tip for a powder day?
Alice: Early bird gets the worm, if you want those fresh tracks you have to be one of the first ones out there.
Jossi: If I told you, I’d have to kill you...
Want to know more about skiing and snowboarding in Queenstown or Wanaka? Check out the Queenstown Lakes District’s five ski resorts The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone Ski Area and Snow Farm!