Coronet Peak is New Zealand’s premier ski field, sitting at the top of the South Island. It is located just 45 minutes from Queenstown and can be seen prominently on the drive to Milford Sound. The resort itself spreads across three faces (Meadow, Coronet and Fins).
The resort was first developed in 1953 by a group of entrepreneurial skiers from Queenstown who were keen to expand their horizons. They had a vision for a ski park just a couple of hours away from town and, over 50 years later, that is exactly what they have.
Coronet Peak And more to offer
In addition to being a popular destination for traditional alpine skiing activities, Coronet Peak provides access to year-round activities such as snowboarding, sledging, tobogganing and cross country skiing on their natural half pipe.
It has 4 main areas; Skifield Road, which houses beginner terrain; The Remarkables, which also encompasses beginner runs; Crown Terrace for intermediates; and Parsenn Bowl for advanced skiers and boarders. If you’re feeling like an off-piste challenge, head over to Comical Face where you’ll find chutes, cliffs and expert black diamond terrain.
Coronet Peak has it all for the modern skier or boarder; lifts that zip you back up the hill quickly, cafes to keep you fuelled during your breaks, trails to cater to all levels and off-piste options if you look hard enough. In fact, this mountain was so good in terms of terrain, it hosted World Cup Race events in both 1991 & 96. There have also been some more recent events here including Sondre Norheim being filmed for his documentary and Warren Miller’s Ski Movie.
Coronet Peak and Alpine Club
The resort is operated by the Remarkables Alpine Club, a group of locals who have been doing a great job for over 50 years. This friendly bunch love skiing and snowboarding and they know how to make your day on the snow even better! 100% self-managed, all profits raised go back into making Coronet Peak’s facilities world-class.
Coronet Peak Location, Approach and the Weather
Coronet Peak is located within close proximity of Christchurch International Airport which means there is a good selection of accommodation options available nearby to suit all budgets and tastes. The main township adjacent to Coronet Peak is Arthurs Point which rests approximately 35km away from central Christchurch.
Coronet Peak is easy to get to, with Queenstown only 45 minutes away. A day trip from Christchurch takes closer to 2 hours but it’s well worth it! There are various ways you can access the mountain depending on where you’re based; one way or round trip from Queenstown, one way or return from Wanaka or just bus & ski.
The weather on Coronet Peak can be unpredictable at times, with the best time for skiing during the winter months being between June-October. The conditions are usually more favourable during this time which allows for an enjoyable day on the slopes. There are plenty of cafes located within close distance of the main car park which provides both meals and refreshments throughout the day including hot chocolate, coffees, pies and meat sandwiches.