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Snow Farm Winter Experience

Written by Margo Berryman

As New Zealand’s only dedicated cross-country ski area, Snow Farm is a highly sought-after winter experience for locals and visitors to Queenstown and Wanaka.

Located in the Pisa mountain range, Snow Farm offers a wide range of activities for solo skiers, couples and families. 

General manager Sam Lee, whose family founded the field in the 1990s says variety is a huge part of the appeal.

“Our most popular family activity is the Snow Fun Zone with snow tubes to slide on down the hill. There is a dedicated area for playing in the snow as well as a nice bank for bum sliding – kids love it.”

“Cross country skiing and snowshoeing is great for families and groups and caters to a range of confidence levels. Both activities are easy for first timers and super fun for the more adventurous. Each person can decide how hard to push themselves and beginners can stay on our flat learners’ area to start with.”

Snow Farm offers an outstanding wilderness experience quite different from other ski areas in the region, according to Sam.

“ Cross country skiing does not involve chairlifts so that’s the first difference. Our equipment has a small grippy area under the foot on the ski that allows you to push forward and gently meander your way around our trails. There is also skate skiing for the more adventurous which is a bit like ice skating on special skis with the skier wearing boots that are just like sneakers and super comfortable.”

Snow Farm has multiple day pass options starting from $45 with rentals $35 a day. 

“ We have regular daily beginner lessons from 10:30am and 1:30pm and great package deals which include a lesson, rentals and trail pass for under $90,” says Sam.  “You can also book a private family lesson for those wanting a more tailored experience. Snowshoe packages and lessons are also available.

Dogs are also welcome to join the fun at Snow Farm.

“ We love dogs at Snow Farm and offer season’s passes and day passes for dogs,” says Sam. “Snowshoeing is a great activity for taking your pooch out on the snow and once you venture off trail, they can come off the lead and have a great play in the snow.”

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Margo Berryman