Powder to the People: Queenstown Ski Fields Opening Again

It’s that magical time: From June, the ski fields of Queenstown are open for you to show off or smash yourself, depending on how good a skier
you are.

Yep, skiing, snowboarding, or simply sipping coffee and
brandy indoors at the cafe, you have at least four ski fields to choose from right outside Queenstown.
Remember, you can invest in an all-season pass, or one —
off day passes… though bear in mind, the season closes in
October.

one snowboarder snowboarding in winter mountains

Here’s a quick guide to what’s what on at Queenstown’s four nearest ski
fields:

Coronet Peak Ski Area:
How far from Queenstown: 25 minutes (18 km and yes, they offer a
bus from downtown Q-town)
Dates open: 17 June — 25 September 2022
What’s different about this skifield? This place has Night Ski parties, which
sound pretty dope, plus restaurants, cafes and a pub, Heidi’s Hut. Plus all
the usual stuff — excellent slopes; suitable for adults and kids; chairlifts,
obv.

The Remarkables Ski Area:
How far from Queenstown: 36km / 40-minute drive
Dates open: 18 June — 16 October 2022
What’s so “Remarkable” about it? The Remarkables Ski Area offers some
of NZ’s best freeride terrain across 380 hectares, plus adults’ and kids’
facilities. Restaurant, cafe and pub? You betcha.

Cardrona Alpine Resort
How far from Queenstown: 1 hr 6 min (58.2 km — there are free shuttles
from the city)
Dates open: 11 June — 16 October 2022
What’s different about this skifield? Cardrona is home to the NZ Park &
Pipe Team and says it offers the most extensive terrain park facilities in
the Southern Hemisphere with four terrain parks, two half pipes and a
gravity-cross course. There are eight — EIGHT! – distinctly different cafes, fully licensed kids’ centres, on-mountain accommodation, a couple of shops and ski and snowboard lessons.

Treble Cone:
How far from Queenstown: 90 minutes from the Q; 35 minutes from
Wanaka.
Dates open: 25 June — 25 September 2022
Tell me what’s unique about this skifield before I skip to pictures of
breasts: Treble Cone is the South Island’s largest ski area and has long,
uncrowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and unrivalled views
over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. It’s closer to Wanaka.
Treble Cone totals a massive 700m of vertical rise, which allows for some
of New Zealand’s longest groomed trails and best free riding terrain.
Treble Cone’s learner area is located alongside the Base lodge and café
with the convenience of a fully kitted ski and snowboard rental shop.

Bonus ski option if you have $12,000!

Yessir, Soho Basin is a luxury private ski field for anyone with $12,000,
which gets you:

  • A private charter for you and ten friends
  • Limousine delivery option
  • Ride in a snowcat vehicle across the snow to the starting place
  • “Standing breakfast” and introduction to the ski field
  • Enjoy a 3-course lunch with matching Amisfield wines before you begin skiing
  • Après ski drinks and snacks (so, high class food and booze)
  • Breathtaking vistas all the way from Fiordland to the West Coast, and Wanaka to
    Queenstown.
  • Feel like you have the mountain all to yourself.
  • In the evening, you can score a private dining experience at the award-winning Amisfield Restaurant at Lake Hayes.

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