The Ski Resort
Coronet Peak is located about seven km west of Arrowtown, only 25 minutes from Queenstown, New Zealand. The ski resort is popular with both families with kids and fans of winter sports in the Southern Hemisphere. It offers long seasons, excellent terrain and lift systems. Due to its proximity to Queenstown, the ski resort is one of New Zealand's most popular ski areas.
Great Variety of Slopes
The ski resort has extensive snowmaking and receives over 2m of snow per year. On average, the season runs from mid-June to early October/end of September. From July to mid-September, Coronet Peak offers night skiing on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 4pm to 9pm. You love to hit the slopes before anyone else does? The ski resort opens for First Tracks between 8am and 9am.
Runs include Big Easy, Little Easy, and Wishing Well, which are no-brainers and thus perfect for beginners (for which there is also a beginner area located adjacent to the base area; 14 intermediate runs (designated blue) such as M1, Greengates and Shirt Front; as well as 7 designated black runs and the Back Bowls, which make for new ways of traveling down the mountain for avid skiers. What's more is there are even 5 advanced trails.
Everything You Need & More
Great news: Coronet Peak is home to two terrain parks where to show off your skills and also to a range of daycare options for kids aged from three months to 5 years. When you've worn yourself out with your adventure-of-choice for the day and made sure to check out the longest run in the ski resort at 2.4 km, there is plenty to keep you occupied: Coronet Peak offers fine dining options and a neat mountain restaurant at Rock Gully called Heidi's Hut. Heidi's Hut offers an Italian-style menu, great local wines, breakfast choices, soft drinks, and a sun deck where to enjoy the stunning 180-degree view of the Wakatipu Basin. You're still into adrenaline rush and speeds? Why not go sledding with the family then!
Some Historical Facts
Opened in 1947 with a single rope tow, visitor numbers grew quickly. These days, Coronet Peak belongs along with Mt Hutt and The Remarkables to NZSki Ltd, that invested over $30 million for the 2008 season. Both ski resorts offer quality alpine terrain for all levels, with great lift systems and plenty of off-piste to explore.
- Coronet Peak is among the 3 best rated Ski Resorts in New Zealand.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 1578 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in New Zealand is 1545 ft. The ski resort takes you to an elevation of 5410 ft.
- Snow coverage is usually best during July, offering an average snow depth of 4 " at summit elevation and 2 " at the base. This makes Coronet Peak the ski resort with the best snow conditions in New Zealand.
- Coronet Peak features 19 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in New Zealand is 20 sunny days. September is the sunniest month with an average of 8 sunny days.