Coronet Peak Ski Area
Open from 26 June
Located only 20 minutes from Queenstown you’ll be up the mountain in no time, even if you’re not skiing. Sightseeing passes are available for you to head up and enjoy the famous views. Coronet Peak is also the home of night skiing, operating on Wednesday and Friday nights 4pm to 9pm from 1 July to 28 August 2020.
Coronet Peak will open all of their ski lifts apart from the Kaiser Conveyer and the Rocky Gully T-Bar this winter. The café in the main base building will be open for food and beverages, and ski lessons, Kea Club (ski club for 5-15 year olds), Skiwiland (kids ski club for 3-5 year olds), rentals and transport will operate as usual.
To keep up to date with this season's ski plans at Coronet Peak, check their website here.
First snow at Coronet Peak for 2020, shot by Paul Jones
The Remarkables Ski Area
Open from 4 July
Experience big mountain terrain at The Remarkables with sun-soaked chutes and untouched snow, only 45 minutes from Queenstown. Test out your skills in one of seven parks or take your first turns in the massive learner’s area. The Remarkables offers terrain and facilities that suit everyone from first timers to seasoned skiers and snowboarders.
The Remarkables will open daily from 4 July for two weeks during the New Zealand school holidays and then on the weekends at a minimum. All lifts will open and the café in the main base building will be open for food and beverages.
Work has continued on the new Sugar Bowl chairlift which is set to open in July. This means faster laps and 2.5km of new trails to explore in the Sugar Bowl basin. For the latest information on The Remarkables, check their website here .
Fresh snow at The Remarkables, early June, as construction work continues for the coming season
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Open from 26 June
Located just over 60 minutes from Queenstown, Cardrona is a fun, family-friendly ski resort and a perfect place for beginners and intermediates with easy to use lifts, and plenty of wide open trails spread over three basins. Cardrona is also home to the most extensive terrain park facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.
This season Cardrona will open all chair lifts except Valley View Quad, seven on-mountain cafes will also open this winter along with the kids' centres, on-mountain accommodation, ski/snowboard lessons, and ski rentals.
This season also marks Cardrona's 40th birthday and they will be celebrating with vintage vibes up the mountain all season long.
To keep up to date with the latest developments at Cardrona, check their website here.
First snow and snowmaking at Cardrona early June, shot by Heath Richmond
Open from 27 June
Located 90 minutes from Queenstown, Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island. Famous for its long, groomed runs, off-piste terrain and unrivalled views over Lake Wanaka.
Advanced and expert riders will find a playground of natural half pipes and chutes that offer some of the steepest and most challenging terrain within the boundaries of a patrolled and protected ski area.
This season, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone will operate a dual mountain offering meaning both mountains can be accessed with the same ski pass. Pass holders can ski Cardrona one day and Treble Cone the next.
Keep up to date with Treble Cone's plans on their website here.