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Skiing & Snowboarding in Queenstown

Queenstown is nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, boasting magnificent mountains for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Choose from four ski areas, the closest just 20 minutes’ drive from the town centre.

The enviously long ski season in Queenstown welcomes skiers and snowboarders from June to October. Our four ski areas offer unrivalled alpine scenery, world class infrastructure and varied open and treeless terrain, each ski field has its own unique character. 

Land in the heart of the Southern Alps, Queenstown's International Airport on one of many daily direct flights from Australia and New Zealand's main ports. You can leave the airport, check in to your accommodation and be on-mountain in just over an hour if you want!

Snow for all abilities

Skiers and snowboarders are spoiled for choice in Queenstown. There are four ski fields, all within short a drive from the bustling town centre, which offer world class facilities and services. A wide range of terrain is available to suit all ability levels, beginners can enjoy a friendly atmosphere and lessons to quickly conquer the mountain. Expert skiers can explore advanced trails inbounds or venture into the backcountry in the ultimate Southern Alps expedition.

Ski passes range from single day, single ski area passes to season passes allowing unlimited access to multiple Queenstown ski areas.

For extra convenience, ski passes can be pre-arranged online or at outlets around town, or at the ski areas. Mountain transport is available daily, so you can sit back, relax and take in the stunning views.

Fun beyond the mountain

There is plenty to enjoy after a day skiing or riding, from indulgent spas to bustling bars, from cheap and cheerful meals to award winning fine dining. Queenstown après ski lifestyle is as active or passive and you want to make it—why not go paragliding, jet boating or paragliding, or find a cosy bar to re-live the day and settle in for a hearty meal.

Everything you need for the perfect ski holiday

Snowboard and ski gear can be hired downtown, on-mountain or it can even be delivered to your accommodation. Most Queenstown ski rental shops are open until 9pm during the ski season.

Booking your Queenstown snow holiday before you arrive in New Zealand is easy, there are ski packages and tours that take care of all arrangements, from ski passes to gear rental and transport to the mountains. If you’ve never had a snow holiday, or don’t have gear of your own to bring, taking care of these details means less hassle when you arrive in Queenstown—it’s just a matter of dropping into the rental store once you’re here to be sized up for skis or a snowboard.

Explore even further

Queenstown heli skiing and snowboarding is an unforgettable winter sport experience offering pristine terrain and untouched fresh powder.

For those who are after something different, Queenstown offers winter sports beyond skiing and snowboarding. Ice skating, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, there’s something for everyone.

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