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CORONET PEAK

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Coronet Peak, NEW ZEALAND is one of the most popular resorts in the Southern Hemisphere with a very long snow season, fantastic skiing and snowboarding terrain and a fast and efficient lift system.

Coronet Peak Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at Coronet Peak consists of steep narrow chutes, natural gullies, moguls, fast groomed linking trails and beginner only areas.

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Coronet Peak; photo Miles Holden; www.nzski.com

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding

35% of the skiing and snowboarding terrain is advanced at Coronet Peak. Freeriders love the rolling terrain full of exciting natural features leading down from the Express Chairlift which runs from the base area directly to the top of the mountain.

The back bowl chutes are very challenging and steep, they require a short hike to access them but the powder reward is definitely worth the effort.

The Exchange Drop leads from the top of the Express Chairlift to Rocky Gully and Powder Run where some great off piste turns can be had after a good dump.

For big moguls don’t go past Ego Alley and for a long cruiser the 2.4 kilometre M1 trail is a great warm up run.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding

Intermediates can access the entire mountain on long linked groomed wide trails. One of the longest trails is Express Way running from the top of the Express Chairlift all the way down to the base area. It is great first thing in the morning for some fast GS turns.

The Sarah Sue trail follows the resort boundary line, on the the mountains far left hand side; it is a fun winding and steep trail that ends at the base of the Greengates Express Chairlift.

The T-Bar has a couple of nice intermediate trails leading down to it, try skiing or snowboarding off the Easy Rider trail into some ungroomed gentle powder.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding

The Big Easy area, to the right of the base building, is where beginners learn to ski or snowboard. The terrain around the magic carpet and handle tow is wide and gently sloping. The Cornet Peak Snowsports School has beginner packages for all ages that include lift pass, equipment rental and group lessons.

Once confidence grows catch the M1 Chairlift up to access the long, well groomed and winding trails leading back down to the base area.

The Snowmaking capacity was recently tripled at Coronet Peak with 2 new reservoirs added as well as 141 new automated snow guns permanently installed in the centre of the resort. The new snow guns not only mean that the M1 trail, the Big Easy terrain and the beginner base area will have a good cover of snow throughout the season but ensure a long and good season.

Coronet Peak Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Coronet Peak has two terrain parks and one halfpipe. The Dirty Dog Terrain Park, located on the Million Dollar trail on the right hand side of the Greengates Express Chairlift has jumps, kickers, rails and boxes for all levels of freeriders. Don't forget the mountains natural rolling terrain and gullies makes the area on big fun park.

The Beginner Jib Park, located just above the Dirty Dog Terrain Park has small jumps, rails and boxes to learn on.

The well maintained Fruju Halfpipe, located above the Dirty Dog Terrain Park, is 100 meters long with 2 meter high walls; it hosts frequent freestyle events throughout the season.

Coronet Peak Night Skiing and Snowboarding

The terrain under the Express Chairlift is illuminated every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm until 9pm for night skiing and snowboarding at Coronet Peak.

Coronet Peak Heli Skiing and Snowboarding

Harris Mountains Heli-Ski offer fantastic helicopter skiing and snowboarding guided runs in the surrounding open powder bowls of the Harris Mountains and Buchanans Ranges.

Guests have the choice of skiing or snowboarding three, four, seven or more runs in one day, the length of the runs varies between 2,000 to 3,500 vertical feet.

Other Activities at Coronet Peak

Queenstown has off the snow activities for everyone; horse riding, fishing, bike riding tours, jet boating, bungy jumping, hang gliding, scenic helicopter flights, snowmobile tours, sailing, hang gliding and white water rafting.

Coronet Peak Shopping

The rental shop at Coronet Peak stocks the latest ski, snowboard, boots and clothing gear and has an in-house repair shop. There is a small retail shop selling mountain accessories, clothing and souvenirs.

Coronet Peak Restaurants

Coronet Peak has four restaurants. The West End Café located on the lower level of the base building serves fast food meals and hot and cold drinks.

The licensed Coronet Brassiere, located upstairs in the base building, has a large sundeck with great views across the Coronet Peak slopes. It serves cooked breakfasts, international cuisine for lunch and is open for a la carte dinners during night skiing and snowboarding hours.

The Shack, outside the main building has gourmet hot dogs, beers and coffees for those on the run.

On the slopes Heidi’s at Rocky Gully is located at the base of the T-Bar; it has sit down service serving Italian food and good wines.

Coronet Peak invested $30 million in upgrades for the 2008 winter season with a redeveloped base building and snowmaking improvements. The base building was been redeveloped and extended to provide a huge sundeck with mountain views, a new restaurant, cafe, bar and function room as well as a crèche, storage facilities and rental shop.

Queenstown Shopping

Queenstown is a shopper’s paradise. It has skiing and snowboarding equipment and hire shops, outdoor sports shops, clothing boutiques, gift and souvenir stores, art galleries, book stores, home furnishings, beauticians, music stores and grocery and liquor markets.

Queenstown Restaurants

Queenstown has more than 100 restaurants cafes and bars to choose from serving delicious international and local cuisine.

The Cow Restaurant has been in Queenstown since 1976 serving homemade gourmet pizzas, pasta dishes and homemade breads.

The Boardwalk Seafood Restaurant sources only the freshest seafood from around the country serving oysters, mussels, crayfish, salmon, yellow fin tuna and perfect bouillabaisse.

The 19th Café and Bar serves all day breakfast, lunch and dinner. Diners can expect gourmet seafood and local meat dishes complemented by an excellent New Zealand wine list.

Queenstown Nightlife

The nightlife in Queenstown is fantastic, it is one of the busiest ski towns in the world with endless bars and nightclubs full of international visitors.

The Altitude Bar and Cafe has happy hour every night and lots of parties with free giveaways and loud music. The Boiler Room is an eighties style bar with an interesting cocktail menu and big dance floor playing all the old seventies, eighties and nineties hits.

The Hours nightclub stays open until sunrise every night for dancing, DJs and lots of cocktails.

The Dux de Lux Restaurant, Bar and Brewery has live music acts in the bar and serves award wining beers brewed on site.

For a quieter night visit the Bardeaux wine bar, it has an open fireplace and comfortable seating, sample some local and international vintage wines and champagnes.

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Will Barton, Australia. I went to Queenstown and skied at Coronet Peak a couple of years ago during a good snow season and loved it. From the base take the Express Chair directly to the top and then take 'The Hurdle' and 'West Gates' trails straight down to the bottom, a challenge at the top then a fast sprint back to the chair, a great way to start the day. The 'Back Bowls' and 'Exchange Drop' area is the best place to be, get some bumps, snowdrifts and a thrill at the same time! Coronet is only about 20 minutes drive from the center of Queenstown so it is really easy to get to, you can drive or catch a bus, some hotels have shuttle buses. Queenstown is one of the liveliest most active places I've ever been. You can go jet boating, heliskiing, helicopter rides, bungy jumping, horse riding and more... the place never sleeps, the clubs and bars are the best way to meet people, or go to The World Club for the dance DJs.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
5,410
1,649
Base
1,220
372
Average Snowfall
Lifts
6
Trails - view map
25
692 acres
Terrain %
advanced
35
intermediate
45
beginner
20
Halfpipe
2
Terrain Park
1
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