These four Queenstown ski resorts are all within convenient driving distance of downtown Queenstown. In addition, all are equipped with world-class facilities and programs, such as lessons and childcare.
Read on for an overview of each ski field as well as its pros and cons.
An Overview of the Top 4 Queenstown Ski Resorts
The Remarkables Ski Field
Perched high above Queenstown in the iconic Remarkables range, The Remarkables Ski Field is a true alpine experience. This is the first ski field most travelers think of when visiting New Zealand.
Just a 45-minute drive from downtown Queenstown
Lift passes and packages (for instance, Learn to Ski and rental equipment) can be used at either The Remarkables or Coronet Peak
Great views over Queenstown
Extensive terrain at many levels
Can be accessed from downtown Queenstown with convenient mountain coach transport
No childcare or lesson programs available for under-4s
A longer drive than Coronet Peak
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Perfect for families and beginning skiers, Cardrona Alpine Resort covers extensive rolling terrain at the top of a ridge. Furthermore, Cardrona Alpine Resort offers the most flexible lesson options of any Queenstown ski resort. The ski resort even boasts a “chondola,” a chair lift interspersed with gondola carriages perfect for young children.
Excellent lesson offerings for children and adults, from learn-to-ski to freestyle training on parks and pipes
Childcare available for all ages
Extensive beginner and intermediate terrain
Most reliable snow in New Zealand thanks to excellent snow-making capabilities
Flexible lift passes are valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone
Not as close to Queenstown–the drive takes 1 hour 15 minutes. However, skiers also have the option to stay in Wanaka.
Some advanced skiers find the runs are not challenging enough for more than a day’s worth of skiing
Coronet Peak Ski Field
Only 25 minutes from downtown Queenstown, Coronet Peak Ski Field boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain. In addition, Coronet Peak hosts night skiing on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights for a unforgettable ski party experience.
Just a 25-minute drive from downtown Queenstown
Lift passes and packages (such as Learn to Ski and rental equipment) are valid at both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables
Easily accessed from downtown Queenstown with frequent mountain coach transport
Extensive childcare and lesson offerings for children of all ages
A good variety of terrain at all levels
Lower elevation than The Remarkables, which means snow cover is less reliable
Treble Cone Ski Field
The largest ski field on New Zealand’s South Island, Treble Cone is a haven for advanced skiers, with legendary off-piste terrain and some of the country’s longest groomed trails. Moreover, the views from Treble Cone are breathtaking, with an expansive view over Lake Wanaka.
Fantastic advanced terrain, including some of New Zealand’s most challenging off-piste runs within a patrolled ski area
700 meters of vertical
Less crowded than most Queenstown ski fields
Very little beginner terrain
1.5 hours from Queenstown–skiers should consider staying in Wanaka
Limited lesson offerings for children
Planning your visit to one of the top Queenstown ski resorts
Queenstown is a great base for skiers of all ages and levels. The four Queenstown ski resorts offer convenience and flexibility, with open-dated passes valid at two ski fields. The Remarkables and Coronet Peak share one pass, and Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone share one pass.
On-mountain accommodation is rare in New Zealand. In other words, most skiers stay in Queenstown (or its nearby sister city, Wanaka) and drive to the ski fields each day. Cardrona Alpine Resort offers limited on-mountain accommodation. Mountain coach transport is available to make this easy and affordable.