Best place to ski in Queenstown: a comprehensive guide

With four world-class mountains to choose from you might be asking 'where is the best place to ski and snowboard in Queenstown?' . Well, look no further we've done the comparison for you,

  • Coronet Peak: The most easily accessible ski area from Queenstown, very little snow is required to make Coronet Peak a powder heaven, and is home to the area's only night skiing.

  • The Remarkables: The All-Rounder as it has groomers that suit all abilities to legendary off-piste, good ski bus service if you don't have a car or don't want to faff around with the car park hassles and snow chains etc.

  • Cardrona: Close to both Wanaka and Queenstown (approximately 45 minutes from either town) and suitable to all levels of ability - from beginners & families.

  • Treble Cone: South Island's largest ski area, generally needs a lot of snow to take advantage of it however, well-known for its long, uncrowded runs and awesome off-piste terrain but is the furthest of the four ski areas from Queenstown.

Parking at Queenstown ski fields?


If you are driving to the ski field then Remarkables can be very busy first thing in the morning. As it is close to Queenstown (where most people are staying) the early birds can make the parking experience difficult. Throw in a snow storm and people putting on chains (you need them to get up the mountain some days) and spell ..... frustration!


Coronet Peak can also suffer from this, especially as it has 'First Tracks' which means the runs open at 0800 instead of 0900 for the Remarkables.


Treble Cone and Cardrona are less frequented and so suffer less from this problem which means you will probably want to drive up these mountains to make it more convenient. Chains recommended at some times during the year:)


Public Tansport to Queenstown ski fields?


Luckily The Remarkables also has a great public transport service operated by the ski field. You can pick up from Frankton Road from the early morning. You will see people waiting with their ski gear in the morning. Passes can be purchased on the bus or in fact with your ski rental package if indeed you are hiring gear.


Skiing for families in Queenstown?


The Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone are more suited to families. The runs are easier with less places to 'get stuck' and less steep making it more suitable for inexperienced learners. The Remarkables field also has an escalator to help the very small ones back up the hill instead of using the ski lifts.


Coronet tends to be a little more steep and more suited to intermediate to advanced skiiers.


Skiing for advanced levels?


Advanced skiiers will probably find Coronet Peak more challenging. It's steep and fast and offers First Tracks which is a early bird ski pass which allows you to ski from 0800 in the morning as opposed to the later 0900 at other ski fields.


Advanced boarders will probably be more comfortable at Cardrona as it is a larger field in terms of size and offers half pipes and advanced areas for tricks. It is also the location of the Winter Games which means it's serious business here:)


Closest ski field to where you are staying?


Most visitors are staying in or around Queenstown and as such The Remarkables or Coronet Peak are your closest options. The airport area and the suburb of Frankton are closest to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak is close to The Shotover River and Arthurs point.


Want to ski before work?


Coronet Peak offers 'First Tracks' which allows you to ski from 0800 in the morning. This allows you an uncrowded opportunity ti get the first runs of anyone that day in and is ideal for those who want to get a head start on the day so you can either head to another field in the afternoon or head to work for the afternoon.


Want to drink a beer in between runs?


Coronet Peak is also the place to be if you are wanting to enjoy a beverage in between runs as they play music and serve alcohol from 6pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Be careful though as skiing is dangerous enough without a few liquored up ski bunnies.


Want to access the internet in between runs?


If you need to access the internet while in between runs then The Remarkables and Coronet Peak are your best bets to check your email or bang out a social media post for those remote workers on the move!


Where to ski in Queenstown when there hasn't been much snow?


Coronet Peak doesn't actually require that much snow to cover the field and has less rocks etc than the other options. With that in mind when you are here and the season hasn't quite bucketed like Japan with snow then it's your best option.


Coronet Peak


Summary:

  • most easily accessible ski area from Queenstown

  • very little snow is required to make Coronet Peak a powder heaven

  • home to the area's only night skiing

Coronet Peak Ski Area

Coronet Peak first opened in 1947 and is New Zealand's longest running commercial ski field. Popular for its roller-coaster terrain, it's also the most easily accessible ski area from Queenstown. It's the lowest lying of the four resorts but don't let that put you off as, due to its unique terrain, very little snow is required to make Coronet Peak a powder heaven. It is also home to the area's only night skiing; operating Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout winter.


The Remarkables:


Summary:

  • The All-Rounder as it has groomers that suit all abilities to legendary off-piste

  • Good Ski Bus Service is you don't have a car or don't want to faff around with the car park hassles and snow chains etc.


The Remarkables Ski Area

The big mountain experience waits for you here, from groomers that suit all abilities to legendary off-piste. The Remarkables is a true alpine mountain experience with terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners and families to seasoned skiers and riders! For more advanced riders, get out and explore the sun-soaked bowls and epic chutes.


Cardrona:


Summary:

  • Close to both Wanaka and Queenstown (approximately 45 minutes from either town)

  • Suitable to all levels of ability - from beginners & families


Cradrona Ski Area

Catering to both Queenstown and Wanaka makes Cardrona one of New Zealand's most popular ski areas, attracting all levels of ability - from beginners & families, to Olympic & X Games athletes. Cardrona is made up of three large basins and is also home to arguably the Southern Hemisphere’s best terrain park and pipes.


Treble Cone


Summary:

  • South Island's largest ski area

  • Generally needs a lot of snow to take advantage of it however

  • Well-known for its long, uncrowded runs, awesome off-piste terrain

  • Furthest of the four ski areas from Queenstown

Treble Cone Ski Area

Treble Cone is the South Island's largest ski area. Nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, it is well-known for its long, uncrowded runs, awesome off-piste terrain and epic views back over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park. It may be the furthest of the four ski areas from Queenstown but it's well worth the extra travel time for some of the best skiing in the country.

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