Coronet Peak Ski Resort, Queenstown

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  • Powdery white snow on Coronet Peak
    Powdery white snow on Coronet Peak
    by AusPinay
  • a far view of the mountains
    a far view of the mountains
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  • The road up to the peak is perfectly sealed.
    The road up to the peak is perfectly...
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    Coronet Peak

    by al2401 Updated Jul 11, 2012

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    While Coronet Peak is most well known for its ski fields it makes a lovely drive in other times as well. The aspect over Wharehaunui from the main lodge area is amazing and the drive along the range affords some wonderful views.

    View from Coronet Peak View from Coronet Peak Coronet Peak Coronet Peak from Lake Hayes Panorama from Coronet Peak
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    POWDERY WHITE SNOW JUST NEAR QUEENSTOWN

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Queenstown's most popular mountains resort is just around 25 minutes' drive from this superb city!

    Hence, we truly enjoyed ourselves despite not really skiing its slopes! The kids were too young and not ready then so were contented to fill our senses with the beauty of fine powderlike snow and soak in the cold and freezing atmosphere there!

    Picturesque beauty abounds here so keep your eyes open for all those glorious snow and mountains!

    Beginners to expert skiers are all catered for here. As usual, my favorite spot, a cafe for our freezing bodies are always on hand to serve yummy hot drinks and food. We must have tasted all the meat pies and hot chocolate in every cafe in most of Queenstown's attractions.

    Powdery white snow on Coronet Peak near the welcome sign at Coronet Peak Another view with Dave and the boys posing beside a snow mobile a far view of the mountains
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    Also a great Destination in all other Seasons

    by Kakapo2 Written Dec 25, 2008

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    First and foremost Coronet Peak is known as the South Island’s most popular ski resort, opened in 1947 as NZ’s first real ski destination. In 2008 they opened a stylish new base building. As in other resorts, they have sophisticated snow making machines, and you can do night skiing. There are highspeed chairlifts, lots of trails for all skill levels, several eateries, a heated deck for sunbathing, ski rental and repair facilities, a snowsports school and a children’s crèche.

    The ski season starts in early June and goes until October if the weather allows. As Coronet Peak is only 1649 metres high, the snow base often is not very thick, so the season can end rather abruptly in adverse weather conditions. Snow reports from October show you this: Whereas the snow base at Coronet Peak was 25cm, it was 110cm at the Remarkables and 160cm up north at Mt. Hutt where the season ended on 30 Oct although the snow conditions were still perfect.

    The snow ratings are 20% beginner, 45% intermediate and 35% advanced. Lifts include 1 quad, 1 triple chair, 1 double chair, T-Bar, handle-tow. A magic carpet carries skiers up the Big Easy beginner’s slope. The highest lifts ends just about 10 metres below the summit.

    You can drive up the tar-sealed zig-zag road yourself but there are also ski shuttles available from Queenstown (which is 18 km south of Coronet Peak), so you do not have to worry about transportation and driving conditions, and if you have the right gear. The use of the road is free of charge.

    A day lift-pass cost just under NZ$ 100 in winter 2008, for a week it cost $ 600.

    Links for winter sports:
    http://www.nzski.com
    http://www.newzealandnz.co.nz/ski-areas/coronet-peak.html
    Phone (03) 442 4620

    In summer Coronet Peak has a Mountainbike Park for which you have to pay. This time, it opens on 7 January 2009 and runs until 1 March. It is open from 11.30am to 7.30pm (Tuesday to Sunday, weather permitting; closed on Mondays).

    A season pass costs $249 for adults and $199 for youth. ($100 loyalty discount for holders of a 2008 winter season pass.) Multi-day passes and one day multi-ride passes ($40/30) are also available. You get them at the café on the mountain.

    As the road is sealed you can get up to the top in summer easily in your own car and enjoy the views, and go for a walk. Less than half-way up is the turn-off to famous Skippers Canyon.

    The road up to the peak is perfectly sealed.
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    Name it, you can do it in Queenstown

    by DiezelT43 Written Oct 10, 2005

    If your looking for a city that caters to the adrenaline junkie, Queenstown is it. Me, I'm a snowboarder. I went to the Remarkables and Coronet Peak, and liked them both, but the runs at Coronet are worth going everday. Alot of blue runs, some black and green. I could go there every year...and just might.

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    Beautiful skiing

    by scubiski Written Sep 4, 2005

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    Coronet Peak is the most well known, for tourists anyway, skiing location in NZ. It can be beautiful and it can be terrible as per most mountains but the days that I was there it was fantastic. Lovely skiing with fresh snow and friendly people serving and working the lifts.

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    Coronet Skifields

    by batgirl1001 Written Dec 10, 2004

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    I found Coronet Peak skifields to be quite good and cheaper than what I experience in Australia's Mount Buller.

    The skifields have no resorts and thus you need to stay at Queenstown or the towns around. It also means there is less people and less pollution and erosion on the slopes.

    Generally the snow is quite good and their snow-making machine works well.

    I saw people of all ages and nationalities happily skiing or blading down the slopes There are those who are there to have lessons too.

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    View of The Remarkables from Coronet Peak

    by batgirl1001 Written Dec 9, 2004

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    This is a great view of The Remarkables from the popular ski area Coronet's Peak.

    It is quite stunning really so the picture, I think doesn't quite capture it. Nevertheless I can't get over the sheer majesty of the area.

    Coronet Peak is a popular ski area and the nearest one to Queenstown. It is quite good as I found out and skiiing in Queenstown seems to be better than in Australia and less expensive.

    Remember you need snow chains to go up the Coronet Peak in winter. We had a devil-of-a-time trying to fit it on the tyres but some vehicles especially those off-road SUVs just don't bother. No checks from authorities.

    If you are driving a rental car, ask for the snow chains. Some agencies will not give unless requested. Some will charge you a little extra.

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    View of The Remarkables from Coronet Peak 2

    by batgirl1001 Written Dec 10, 2004

    This is another perspective of the view from Coronet Peak. The range is remarkable and on a clear sunny day (even in winter), you can see so far.

    The view we saw at this ledge was 180 degrees.

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