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Terrain Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak Ski field has 280 hectares of fun rolling terrain which has been groomed into an awesome selection of ski runs. It's just 20 minutes drive from Queenstown and perfect for everyone. Beginners are nurtured with it's wide slopes and experts can explore extensively with imagination the only limit.


New to skiing? The extensive beginner area provides a safe wide space for people to learn and develop their skills. Skiers and snowboarders can start off on the magic carpet lifts to learn the very basics and then venture onto the Meadows chair lift to test out their skills on a slightly longer ski run.

Progressing and Advanced riders will find there's lots to explore. The brand new Coronet Peak high speed Chondola (a mixture of gondolas and 6 seater chairs), the Green Gates lift and the Rocky Gulley T-Bar takes skiers and snowboarders to the top of the Peak providing access to various on and off piste terrain. On a powder day you can literally ski everywhere.

Head down the M1 for the easiest route down or challenge yourself to one of the many steeper red or black ski runs. The terrain is extremely varied offering everything from wide-open pistes to natural gulleys to steeps, flats and rolling sections. There are even a few small terrain parks for those wanting to hit some jumps or rails. If freestyle is your thing, you’ll find plenty of natural hits.

On a powder day you can literally ski everywhere

Night Skiing Parties

Coronet Peak hosts a number of winter events throughout the ski season the most popular being epic parties during its night skiing sessions. Coronet Night Ski is on every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night from end of June through to September (dates vary slightly each season). Not only do you get to extend your ski day into the evening and enjoy the slopes by flood light but there are some great bands and DJ’s lined up to keep you entertained while you take a break to enjoy a mulled wine and a pizza.

Insiders Tips

Coronet Peak is south facing which means the snow sees less sunshine than some of the other ski fields. This is great for maintaining the base and keeping the snow fresh but it can also be quite icy during cold snaps. Coronet has a whopping 215 automated snow guns to keep the ski runs loaded with snow throughout the entire winter season and they certainly get put to good use. Make sure your ski/snowboard edges are sharp and you’ll have a blast.

It’s a favourite for both locals and visitors so can be very busy on the holidays or after fresh snow.

First Track passes are offered most mornings for exclusive access to the lifts from 8am - 9am, on a bluebird day there’s no better way to start the day.

Getting there and facilities

Being the closest ski field to Queenstown, just an easy 25-minute drive on a sealed road.

The ski field has lockers so you can store your skis/snowboard/boots overnight if you’re doing multiple days, saving you from carrying them too far. There’s a shop in case you forget your gloves or just fancy some retail therapy and a couple of cafes providing hot food and drinks suitable for the whole family.  Food and drink prices are slightly higher than cafes in town but still reasonable for Queenstown. You can bring a packed lunch but there’s nowhere to heat up food or drinks. There’s plenty of tap water available so you can help yourself and fill your drink bottles

Coronet has a whopping 215 automated snow guns to keep the ski runs loaded

Coronet Peak Stats:

  • Base Area Elevation: 1187m

  • Highest Lift Elevation: 1649m

  • Vertical Rise: 462m