Deep fresh snow on Queenstown skifields


Visitors and residents are lapping up fresh new snow on Queenstown’s two snowfields.

More than 30cm of new snow has fallen on Coronet Peak and 20cm on the Remarkables overnight providing excellent conditions in time for the school holidays starting on Monday.

Snow is still falling in the Queenstown region today (Tuesday), setting up perfect conditions for the last half of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival. More snow is expected through until Thursday.

Hamish McCrostie, ski area manager at Coronet Peak couldn’t be happier.

“We couldn’t have picked it better. Mother Nature has delivered right on cue. All the lifts and facilities will be open by the weekend, including the ice bar at the top of Greengates Express, and the popular Heidi’s Hut over in Rocky Gully, so we’re ready to welcome skiers and boarders from around the country and across the ditch.” 

The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence says: “40cm of snow over the last 48 hours has given us just the coverage we need to provide fantastic conditions for skiers, boarders and families to enjoy the variety of areas we have up here.”

“And if it stays cold over the next few days, we will have Shadow Chairlift open by the weekend with some great lines of untracked powder.”  

The scene is perfectly set for some great skiing and snowboarding across the two Queenstown Ski Areas through the school holiday period and beyond.

And to top it off, night skiing at Coronet Peak starts this Friday night, with First Tracks kicking off on Monday 2 July.