Events Queenstown Regions Wanaka

Ski & Ride the Southern Lakes

Written by Margo Berryman

New Zealand’s leading ski resorts

Treble Cone

What’s unique about this resort? Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the Southern Lakes, with a whopping 550 hectares to play with, as well as three restaurants, a shop, a ski school and more. The latest innovation is… Snow! Treble Cone has invested in brand new snowmakers to ensure the resort is open on schedule and stays open. They’ve also introduced a daily Queenstown Express Shuttle bus, offering a fast and convenient way to get up the mountain. The terrain is… Vast. Famous for its lengthy runs (boasting a leg-burning 4km run), uncrowded piste and backcountry trails. Locals love… The Raffles Run, a wide groomed blue trail that offers a spectacular view of Lake Wanaka. For the more adventurous, head down the Saddle Basin and Summit Slopes for open powder faces, natural half pipes and fun drops. Watch out for… Free mountain tours. Meet Treble Cone’s legendary guides and learn about the best terrain, hidden gems and local insights. Suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders.

The Remarkables

What’s unique about this resort? Close to Queenstown the The Remarkables is famous for its sun-kissed slopes, learn-to-ski facilities and stunning views over Wakatipu Basin. The latest innovation is… Bigger and better terrain! The Remarkables has worked all year to expand its skiable terrain from 265.5 to 385 hectares. The terrain is… Great for all ages and abilities. There’s a dedicated ski school, plenty of blue and black runs to keep everyone happy, and three terrain parks to practice your pipes and boxes. Locals love… That not-so-secret backcountry hike on a bluebird day, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Queenstown and beyond. Watch out for… The Remarkables restaurant! After a hard morning on the slopes, you’ll love the gourmet steak sandwiches, chargrilled burgers, hearty soup bowls and an extensive salad bar.

Coronet Peak

What’s unique about this resort? Coronet Peak is a world-class ski resort with state-of-the-art facilities. Just a 25-minute drive from the town centre, it’s Queenstown’s closest resort and a favourite of locals. The latest innovation is… Night skiing! Due to high demand, Coronet Peak is extending its Friday and Saturday twilight skiing sessions to include Wednesday nights. The terrain is… Rollercoaster terrain at its best, with plenty of options for the whole family. Includes two terrain parks, blue to black runs and snow tubing. Locals love… Heidi’s Hut located at the base of the Rocky Gully T-bar. Ideal for early morning coffee catch ups with friends, European style pizza and pasta and mulled wine. Watch out for… The Icebar at the top of Greengages Express Chair where you can chill out on bean bags with a drink and take in all the action and the stunning outlook

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