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Top Places to Ski in New Zealand – Blankets of White

Skiing in New Zealand is nothing short of exhilarating, blood pumping and loads of fun. Listed are some of the best ski towns and destinations as well as their attractions and nightlife.

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Coronet Peak

This is probably the most popular ski resort on the South Island of New Zealand. The fact the place is a few minutes from Queenstown is probably a boon to this statement. Queenstown is aptly named the 'Adventure Capital of New Zealand', and is a very exciting holiday destination that offers year-round allures. Sightseeing, shopping and nightlife are ample here, and if you are a guest at Oaks Club Resort, Coronet Peak is a mere 25 minutes' drive from your hotel. The perfect trail for beginners, this peak lets intermediates shine. Consisting of a number of blue trails the place is ideal for families; advanced skiers too are offered some excitement with 30% of the peak consisting of black trails, as well as, off-piste runs and some chutes.

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The Remarkables Ski Field

This ski field is located in the like named and iconic, Remarkables Mountain Range. The surroundings are truly breath-taking and home to some of the best Queenstown ski resorts. Rising above the glassy surface of Lake Wakatipu, this jagged shaped mountain range is the most photographed across the globe. The 'Remarks' as locals call the ski-town is small, comprising of just 220 hectares, encompassing a 357 metre vertical drop; the place can be reached via 4 chair lifts and 3 magic carpets. The place is officially listed as follows; 30% for beginners, 40% for intermediates and 30% black trails for the advanced skier. If you don't mind a longer hike, the slopes offer some pretty steep chutes and slopes that can be tackled by the advanced skier.

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Treble Cone

Treble Cone offers some of the best ski conditions on New Zealand's, South Island. The place, therefore, has an air of superiority that many will justify as apt, due to its excellent ski conditions. Perfect skiing and snow-boarding conditions exist here, together with some of the most beautiful terrain in all of glacial New Zealand. The Treble Cone ski-resort is located at the edge of a sheer cliff that gives one the sense of standing at the edge of the world. Looking across beautiful Lake Wanaka, the mountain has Mt Aspiring in the horizon. This is the largest ski resort in the country, boasting 550 hectares. The black runs look very challenging and are quite a treat, while milder slopes are kinder to beginners and allow intermediates to show off some new found skills.

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Mt Hutt

This is a lovely little ski town located in Methven. The place is ideal for a laid-back budget holiday. Enjoy 366 hectares of tree-free terrain that lets you ski to your heart's content. Advanced skiers are rewarded with a number of off-piste lines while the area around the resort is ideal for families to have lots of fun, especially, after a fresh fall of snow.

5

Mt Olympus

In relevance to its name, this ski resort is called 'the playground of the gods'; expect big mountain skiing as lots of snow gets trapped on the south facing slopes. Expert skiers who don't mind some trekking will be well rewarded with some adventurous slopes that are nothing short of great thrills. This is a tree-less ski resort that caters to all levels of skiers, hence, a family sojourn to Mt Olympus is well recommended

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