Wanaka and Queenstown with a base elevation of 1670m above
sea level Cardrona is higher, colder and renowned for
getting the best snow and keeping it that way. A fact
attested to by our many skiers and snowboarders. And no,
Cardrona Resort does not use snowmaking - up here nature
does it for us.
of wide open slopes inspire, steep chutes
surprise. Voted New Zealand's rider choice for the
past three years. Snow sculpture takes on new
meaning in NZ's leading Superpark
and terrain features.
best on-mountain children's facilities in New
Zealand are to be found at Cardrona. For babies as
young as 3 months there is Kids Korral,
pre-schoolers can have a great day with snow
learning to suit their attention span and size in
Ski Korral. Primary age kids get lots of skiing
and boarding, and hang out at the coolest place of
all - Kids Club.
Spread over three large basins there are trails to suit
all ages and skill levels. From the purpose-built learner
area with a Magic Carpet Lift, to comfortable, groomed
green and blue runs, through challenging black runs and
secret powder stashes, Treble Cone has great terrain for
all levels of ability.
The learners area with snowmaking facilities is
located near the base building, the wide, gentle
slope has an easy gradient and is groomed every
night. This is serviced by an easy-to-use platter
Two trails - 'Triple Treat' (3.5km) and 'Main
Street' (2km) - provide long, well-groomed slopes
for beginners and intermediates along with many
other groomed runs. Most of these are serviced by a
high-speed six-seater detachable chairlift.
Off-piste skiing for advanced skiers and
snowboarders is legendary. Treble Cone offers more
advanced terrain than any other New Zealand ski and
snowboard area and the off-piste powder skiing is
Queentown’s original resort ski area is just 25
minutes from town. With a reputation for some of the best
and varied terrain in Australasia it is no wonder that
Coronet Peak has developed a truly international flavour.
Coronet Peak leads the way in innovation by hosting
high profile events such as the Queenstown Winter Festival
and Compaq 50k of Coronet endurance race, and winning the
best New Zealand Resort (NZSBA) plus over 3 New Zealand
Coronet Peak’s wide and rolling
terrain provides maximum fun for all. Extensive
snowmaking ensures that everyone can get the
utmost enjoyment for the longest time possible.
For those wanting to try the latest gear check out
the Fun Zone demo centre. An award-winning ski and
snowboard school will set you up or hone your
skills, allowing you to maximise your enjoyment
and time on the slopes. Even when the sun goes
down, the action never stops – Night Skiing,
exclusive to Coronet Peak, allows skiers and
riders to continue through the twilight hours into
the magic of the night.
Across the valley lies The Remarkables, Queenstown's
true alpine ski area. Here the emphasis is very definitely
on joining in and having fun, especially if you're a
beginner, intermediate or looking for serious adrenaline.
The Remarkables enjoys three sunny sheltered bowls framed
by towering peaks, and is known for its friendly
atmosphere and relaxed feel. It's a great place to learn
to ski with easy access to learner runs by an easy to use
chairlift. And if you're ready to sample life on the edge,
you'll find challenging terrain like you've never seen
before and some of the longest off-piste runs around. Kids
are well catered for and kids 10 years and under get a
free day lift pass. In fact after a day of fun at
Skiwiland or in the creche they may never want to go home
When you need to restock your
reserves and take a well-earned break, you'll find
a satisfying selection of fresh food and drinks at
the self-service cafe plus you can browse for
mementoes in the Sno Shop. Or maybe you'd prefer
to soak up the rays and watch the playful antics
of New Zealand's cheeky native parrot, the Kea.
Whatever you chose, The Remarkables is the
ideal place to make the most of winter's
offerings. For small kids and big kids alike,
check out the new tubing park for great fun in the
Nestled high inside the eastern rim of the Southern
Alps is Mt Hutt Ski Area, which receives some of the
deepest, lightest, driest powder in Australasia.
Overlooking the spectacular vista of the sprawling
patchwork quilt of the Canterbury Plains with the blue
Pacific Ocean in the far distance, skiers and snowboarders
from all around the world can revel in the longest season
in the Southern Hemisphere.
Being in the heart of the
Southern Alps is a truly awesome experience. It
has its practical advantages for beginners and
experts alike. Powderhounds just won't believe
their luck. With plenty of adrenaline-pumping
Black Diamond runs on the South Face, extreme
skiers and boarders will have as many different
challenges as they can handle. The wide open
terrain is great for first-time skiers and
families too. Mt Hutt's new specially designed
Children's Centre, Ski and Snowboard School and
purpose built beginners area will definitely teach
you a thing or two.
Snowmaking starts early May, ensuring great
snow for the whole season. All this is just one
hour's drive from cosmopolitan Christchurch and a
stone's throw from the friendly country town of
Methven, Mt Hutt's village.