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Cardrona | Treble Cone | Coronet Peak | The Remarkables | Mt Hutt

CARDRONA 

Between Wanaka and Queenstown with a base elevation of 1670m above sea level Cardrona is higher, colder and renowned for getting the best snow and keeping it that way. A fact attested to by our many skiers and snowboarders. And no, Cardrona Resort does not use snowmaking - up here nature does it for us.

Miles of wide open slopes inspire, steep chutes surprise. Voted New Zealand's rider choice for the past three years. Snow sculpture takes on new meaning in NZ's leading Superpark of pipes and terrain features.

The best on-mountain children's facilities in New Zealand are to be found at Cardrona. For babies as young as 3 months there is Kids Korral, pre-schoolers can have a great day with snow learning to suit their attention span and size in Ski Korral. Primary age kids get lots of skiing and boarding, and hang out at the coolest place of all - Kids Club. 

More Information: http://www.cardrona.com/

TREBLE CONE

Spread over three large basins there are trails to suit all ages and skill levels. From the purpose-built learner area with a Magic Carpet Lift, to comfortable, groomed green and blue runs, through challenging black runs and secret powder stashes, Treble Cone has great terrain for all levels of ability.

The learners area with snowmaking facilities is located near the base building, the wide, gentle slope has an easy gradient and is groomed every night. This is serviced by an easy-to-use platter lift.

Two trails - 'Triple Treat' (3.5km) and 'Main Street' (2km) - provide long, well-groomed slopes for beginners and intermediates along with many other groomed runs. Most of these are serviced by a high-speed six-seater detachable chairlift.

Off-piste skiing for advanced skiers and snowboarders is legendary. Treble Cone offers more advanced terrain than any other New Zealand ski and snowboard area and the off-piste powder skiing is unrivalled.

More Information: http://www.treblecone.co.nz 

CORONET PEAK

Queentown’s original resort ski area is just 25 minutes from town. With a reputation for some of the best and varied terrain in Australasia it is no wonder that Coronet Peak has developed a truly international flavour.

Coronet Peak leads the way in innovation by hosting high profile events such as the Queenstown Winter Festival and Compaq 50k of Coronet endurance race, and winning the best New Zealand Resort (NZSBA) plus over 3 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

Coronet Peak’s wide and rolling terrain provides maximum fun for all. Extensive snowmaking ensures that everyone can get the utmost enjoyment for the longest time possible.

For those wanting to try the latest gear check out the Fun Zone demo centre. An award-winning ski and snowboard school will set you up or hone your skills, allowing you to maximise your enjoyment and time on the slopes. Even when the sun goes down, the action never stops – Night Skiing, exclusive to Coronet Peak, allows skiers and riders to continue through the twilight hours into the magic of the night.

More Information: http://www3.nzski.com/coronet/

THE REMARKABLES

Across the valley lies The Remarkables, Queenstown's true alpine ski area. Here the emphasis is very definitely on joining in and having fun, especially if you're a beginner, intermediate or looking for serious adrenaline.

The Remarkables enjoys three sunny sheltered bowls framed by towering peaks, and is known for its friendly atmosphere and relaxed feel. It's a great place to learn to ski with easy access to learner runs by an easy to use chairlift. And if you're ready to sample life on the edge, you'll find challenging terrain like you've never seen before and some of the longest off-piste runs around. Kids are well catered for and kids 10 years and under get a free day lift pass. In fact after a day of fun at Skiwiland or in the creche they may never want to go home again.

When you need to restock your reserves and take a well-earned break, you'll find a satisfying selection of fresh food and drinks at the self-service cafe plus you can browse for mementoes in the Sno Shop. Or maybe you'd prefer to soak up the rays and watch the playful antics of New Zealand's cheeky native parrot, the Kea.

Whatever you chose, The Remarkables is the ideal place to make the most of winter's offerings. For small kids and big kids alike, check out the new tubing park for great fun in the snow!

More Information: http://www3.nzski.com/remarkables/

MT HUTT

Nestled high inside the eastern rim of the Southern Alps is Mt Hutt Ski Area, which receives some of the deepest, lightest, driest powder in Australasia. Overlooking the spectacular vista of the sprawling patchwork quilt of the Canterbury Plains with the blue Pacific Ocean in the far distance, skiers and snowboarders from all around the world can revel in the longest season in the Southern Hemisphere.

Being in the heart of the Southern Alps is a truly awesome experience. It has its practical advantages for beginners and experts alike. Powderhounds just won't believe their luck. With plenty of adrenaline-pumping Black Diamond runs on the South Face, extreme skiers and boarders will have as many different challenges as they can handle. The wide open terrain is great for first-time skiers and families too. Mt Hutt's new specially designed Children's Centre, Ski and Snowboard School and purpose built beginners area will definitely teach you a thing or two.

Snowmaking starts early May, ensuring great snow for the whole season. All this is just one hour's drive from cosmopolitan Christchurch and a stone's throw from the friendly country town of Methven, Mt Hutt's village.

More Information: http://www3.nzski.com/mthutt/

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