Friday, April 13, 2012

The Best Ski Resorts in Queenstown

By Scott Souness

One cannot talk about Queenstown without mentioning that it is the winter sports capital of New Zealand. This quaint Otago town is nestled between incredible mountain ranges and picturesque lakes is famous for its many world class ski resorts that attract millions of tourists from all over the world each season.

There are many excellent ski and snowboard resorts in Queenstown; here are three of the most popular:

One of the most popular ski fields in New Zealand, Coronet Peak Ski Area brings much more to the plate than your average tourist ski resort. Coronet Peak is famous for its breathtaking backdrops - skiers and snowboarders are treated to amazing views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains as they ply through the fresh snow. Snowboarders are also catered for - Coronet Peak boasts no less than two international standard half-pipes. Other attractions include dedicated slopes for beginners, night-skiing facilities and an Early Learning Centre for teaching kids as young as five the basics of the sport.

The Remarkables Ski Area offers skiers a ruggedly beautiful backdrop in the form of the famous Remarkables Mountain Range. Ideal for beginners and newcomers to the sport, the Remarkables Ski Area offers plenty of ski and snowboard schools as well as a good number of sheltered bowls fully serviced by chairlifts. About 70% of the slopes at the Remarkables are marked beginner to intermediate. Experienced skiers, on the other hand, will still find plenty of challenges at the Remarkables Ski Area. There are a great deal of unmarked back-country areas to explore, as well as the famous Homeward Board powder run, a lengthy ski run that lets you ski all the way down to the access road.

One of the more remote ski areas in the Southern Alps, Cardrona Alpine Resort lies in between the cities of Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka. Avid skiers are none the less happy to make the drive to Cardrona, as the resort is famous for its dry powder and long ski seasons. The NZ Freeski Championship is held at Cardrona and the resort is also home to the NZ Alpine Snowboard Race Team. Cardona boats terrain that will challenge the most experienced skiers, like the trail down Arcadia Basin. Other, more advanced terrain can be easily accessed by the Valley View Chairlift.

The best time for great ski and snowboarding in Queenstown starts at early June all the way until early October. All the major ski hills and resorts offer winter clothing, ski and snowboard rentals. Season passes are available but limited, so be sure to book early! Make sure you reserve your Queenstown accommodation in advance, as accommodation can be hard to find during the busy winter season.

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  1. Unknown says:

    its truelly and amazing information about skiing and snowboarding, best travelling in queenstown.

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