Set the tone.

Scour second-hand stores for some loud and proud, retro ski attire. One-piece suits, fur hats, stretch pants – anything goes. Spring requires less performance from your outerwear due to warmer temps, but a greater performance from you on the dance floor. Therefore, when you’re selecting your spring break outfit, don’t just look for waterproof ratings, but also consider your ability to do the splits on Coronet Peak’s Ice Bar.

Coronet Peak Snowboarder on a bluebird daySpring conditions at Coronet Peak

Ultimate Progression.

Fantastic outfits aside, spring is the best time for those who are serious about taking their riding to the next level. Longer daylight hours, soft snow and stable weather means that you have the ideal learning environment to try new things.

If your spring holiday is a follow-up from a mid-winter break, then you’re in luck. Progress is optimized when you give yourself time to rest, recover and commit those lessons to muscle memory after a few big days up the hill.

Spring snow is also a lot of fun to play in. Due to the warmer conditions, the snow is softer and easier to manoeuvre. Perfect conditions to learn in or progress new skills, so prepare to make some exceptional gains in your skiing or boarding this spring.

 

Deals, Deals, Deals.

If you like to get the most bang for your buck, then spring just makes sense. It’s outside of peak season, so you can find deals galore across a range of products and services.

Check out the discounted spring lift passes from Queenstown’s ‘big four’ ski areas: The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. Be sure to search for the best spring deals on your flights, accommodation, and off-mountain activities.

Spring is also the best time to scour Queenstown’s many outdoors gear shops for the latest gadget or commit to the new skis or board that you’ve been dreaming of.

 

Skier performing tricks at Winter GamesWinter Games NZ, Cardrona

Good Company, Great Events.

You’ll be in good company on your spring ski holiday – Queenstown has a jam-packed schedule of exciting events to celebrate the sunniest part of the season.

Winter Pride brings the LGBTQ+ community out in force, with a mission to have the most fun possible on snow and everywhere else. Check out the full programme here.

Snowboxx is Europe’s biggest on-snow festival and it’s coming to Queenstown this spring. With an epic combination of DJs, parties and après ski, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone will be absolutely buzzing. World-class acts are set to galvanise the party vibes with performances from Kora, Lee Mvtthews, Shapeshifter and Sweet Mix Kids. 

Winter Games NZ brings the world’s best athletes to Queenstown. It’s a spectator’s dream with a huge range of snow sports competitions from freestyle skiing and snowboarding to alpine racing and freeride. Due to closed borders, Winter Games will run a contingency event schedule for 2021. But if the 2020 alternative plan (Obsidian) was anything to go by, it will be a sight to behold. One of the best events to watch – The North Face Frontier Freeride World Qualifier – is going ahead, with the craziest freeriders dropping in to jump off big cliffs in The Remarkables’ Alta Chutes. Keep up to date on Winter Games ‘21 here.

From Hakuba, Japan to the heart of Queenstown - Snow Machine is coming to NZ for the first time this winter. Featuring an epic music lineup including Flight Facilities, The Avalanches, Hot Dub Time Machine and more. This fourday festival held between Coronet Peak and The Remarkables will be one to remember. Find out more here.