Skiers and snowboarders are spoiled for choice in Queenstown. There are four ski areas, the closest just 20 minutes’ drive from the bustling town centre, which offer world class facilities and services. A wide range of terrain means there’s something to suit to all ability levels.
Beginners can enjoy a friendly atmosphere and lessons to quickly conquer the mountain while expert skiers can explore advanced trails or venture into the backcountry in the ultimate Southern Alps expedition.
Coronet Peak is New Zealand’s first commercial ski resort, and Queenstown’s closest at 20 minutes’ drive from downtown. World-class facilities and spectacular rollercoaster terrain make Coronet Peak an exciting destination for snow lovers of any ability. Experience magnificent views, a stunning base building, fantastic on-mountain facilities with awesome food and beverage outlets including an Ice Bar as well as state of-the-art snowmaking. Twilight and night skiing on Wednesdays and Fridays is a must do in Queenstown, while for early risers First Tracks, from 8am-9am every day, is also very popular. Transport is available from the Duke Street Snow Centre.
The Remarkables is a true alpine experience just a 45-minute drive from central Queenstown and is perfect for the whole family, from beginners and novices to advanced skiers and boarders. Featuring one of only six Burton-designed Stashes in the world, this is also the Queenstown destination for park enthusiasts. The new base building is a world-class facility with improved restaurant, ticketing, rentals and retail areas. With its high alpine location and relaxed atmosphere, it’s become a firm favourite with locals and visitors. The Remarkables features a high-speed six seater chairlift, excellent snow making capacity and a large and wide learners’ area, with an enclosed double conveyor protecting newbies from the elements. The first 10km of the 12km access road is now sealed and there are transport options from the Duke Street Snow Centre.
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cardrona Alpine Resort has a laid-back and friendly vibe, deep snow cover, wide open slopes, serious half pipes, steep chutes, an extensive terrain park for freestylers, great family facilities, and on mountain accommodation. Cardrona is an hour’s drive from Queenstown and transport options are available from Queenstown. There are over $15 million worth of developments for the 2017 winter season including the new McDougall’s Express Chondola a combination of gondola cabins & chairs, the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Treble Cone is the South Island’s biggest ski area spread over two large basins and a favourite for advanced skiers and snowboarders. The ski area has a stunning outlook, and the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes, with great off-piste terrain. Novices are also well catered for with a dedicated free learning area. The ski area is an hour and a half’s drive or a short 15-minute heli-flight from Queenstown, and there is also an express Queenstown bus service running from the Queenstown I-site information and booking centre.
Heli or Cat Skiing
If you’ve always wanted to experience a once in a lifetime ski or snowboard activity, there are many heli-ski operators in Queenstown who can take you to untracked alpine terrain and pristine powder in BIG mountains. Choose from 3 – 8 run days, or splash out and get a group together for a private charter.
You could also climb into a heated cabin atop a state-of-the-art snowcat and access high country terrain, with stunning views over the Southern Alps and terrain that ranges from gentle slopes to steep chutes.
There’s something for everyone’s winter holiday in Queenstown, for more information on our winter offering check out our skiing and snowboarding pages for more inspiration and follow us on social media.