Great snow, thrilling steeps, incredible resorts and a picturesque scenery! This is how the wonderful country of New Zealand welcomes all skiing enthusiasts. High altitude, mountainous terrains and a blossoming tourism industry make New Zealand a major skiing destination. Plan your next ski holiday in the country and experience the charm of the place firsthand.
There has never been a better time to book your ski holidays with cheap tickets on flights to New Zealand being offered be several airlines. Several tour operators offer affordable skiing packages to New Zealand integrating flight tickets, accommodation and skiing resorts. Take a look at the top most popular skiing resorts in New Zealand.
Broken River is one of the leading ski resort located just 1.5 hour drive from Christchurch. Operated and administered by the Broken River Ski Club, the resort is one of the primary reasons New Zealand is a top skiing destination and airlines tickets to the place are so sought after. Broken River’s terrain features a huge open basin that is serviced by several high capacity rope tows. The terrain has grooming slopes for the beginners, and challenging slopes for intermediate as well as experienced skiers. Other facilities available at the resort include a spacious day lodge, canteen with snacks and skiing assistance from instructors. Broken River additionally employs ski patrollers to carry out any first aid requirements.
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Situated on the mountains between Wanaka and Queenstown, Cardrona Alpine Resort features more than 300 hectares of snow cover, treeless slopes, and has terrain for skiers and snowboarders of different ability levels. The resort’s lodging facilities include 10 onsite apartments and off-site lodging in the towns of Queenstown and Wanaka. Cardrona Alpine Resort also includes different restaurants – Cardrona Cafe, Captain’s Pizzeria, Mezz Cafe and Noodle Bar, as well as a licensed childcare, ski and snowboard school, and snow shop.
Coronet Peak is a popular ski resort among foreign tourists and is located at just a short drive from Queenstown. The resort’s terrain incorporates wide open groomed runs, moguls and open back bowls. Additionally, the resort features several new features such as the magic carpet snow lift. Lodging options like hotels, motels, lodges and bed and breakfasts are available in the nearby towns of Queenstown and Arrowtown. Coronet Peak’s services and facilities include a ski and snowboard school, snow shop, snowboard and clothing rental, cafes and bars, and first aid and medical facilities.
Craigieburn Valley Ski Area
Craigieburn Valley Ski Area is one of the most popular ski resorts in New Zealand that has attained almost a cult status among skiers. The area features open powder bowls and steep narrow chutes, as well as a 600 meter vertical drop in the Middle basin. Located in the New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Craigieburn Valley Ski Area is a non-profit organisation that is operated by passionate club members.
Treble Cone is another popular ski resort that entices many enthusiasts to book flights to New Zealand. Located in the south-east end of the Southern Alps, Treble Cone receives an average annual snowfall of 5.5 metres. The resort offers a range of other services like child care, gear storage, equipment maintenance and a retail shop. In addition, the Treble Cone features a medical centre and bar.
Mount Dobson is a big hit among those who seek fun skiing and snowboarding experience. The place is best suited for beginners and families; however the terrain also features slopes that challenge the best of skiers and boarders. Mount Dobson provides a variety of services including ski and board rental, ski patrol and a ski and board school.