There’s nothing quite like rolling out of bed, sipping on some hot tea or coffee and looking out on a crisp frosty morning knowing it is going to turn into a spectacular bluebird day up the mountain. A bluebird day, for those who aren’t regular skiers, is a blue-skied sunny day on the ski field which is an absolute treat for skiers and snowboarders alike.
Generally, bluebird days start out very fresh but once the sun hits the slopes and the snow softens up the conditions make for perfect conditions up the hill. Bluebird days can actually get pretty warm, and the lack of cloud cover only makes the risk of sunburn greater. Be sure to wear layers to take off when you heat up and always wear sunblock unless you want to go back to the office on Monday with ski goggle tan lines.
Coronet Peak on a bluebird day
Chill with your Buddies at the Bar
Skiing is thirsty work so why not chill out at a bar with a cold drink and some hot food in between runs?
All four ski fields are well equipped when it comes to food and drink, with a range of cafes and restaurants built to maximise the view. For the ultimate in chilled snack breaks, check out Cardrona Alpine Resort's Vista Bar at the top of the McDougall's Chondola. Aptly named, the Vista Bar has incredible views down across the whole ski resort.
Ice Bar at The Remarkables
Après-Ski Bites and Beats
Queenstown and nearby Arrowtown are full of warm and inviting pubs, bars and restaurants with fantastic vibes to check out after a day on the mountain. Cosy up with a mulled wine and enjoy some live music from a local band or snack on a cheese platter at a rooftop bar overlooking the lake, Queenstown has something to offer no matter the mood.
Night owls and social butterflies are well-catered for here with many bars open late and friendly and creative bar tenders eagerly waiting to whip you up a tasty cocktail.
Backcountry and Black Diamonds
Queenstown has plenty to offer experienced skiers, whether that be skiing off-piste or double black diamonds at one of Queenstown’s ski resorts, heading out on a backcountry excursion with a local guide or embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a local heli-skiing operator. Each of Queenstown’s ski fields cater well for expert and advanced skiers, and those looking to level up their skiing too, with a range of different ski runs for different experience levels.
Another good thing about spending a few days in Queenstown is that you have more time to get your ski legs back and improve your technique. You also have a longer window of opportunity to get the perfect ski conditions, which is particularly important for backcountry or heli-skiing excursions.
Heli-skiing in Queenstown
But first, Brunch
For those who aren’t into early mornings or who prefer a leisurely start to the day while on holiday, Queenstown’s ski fields have you sorted. All four ski field’s offer Afternoon Lift Passes which provide you lift access from 12:30pm to 4pm.
This option gives you time for a sleep in and a leisurely brunch and coffee before you head up the hill and means you can still enjoy 3.5 solid hours of skiing or boarding.
Bespoke Kitchen, credit: Thomas Rees Photography