By Finder blogger: Aimee Chan, founder of suitcases&strollers
With its stunning views, lively alpine villages and very attractive package deals, skiing in New Zealand makes for a fun and memorable family holiday. Here is a rundown of the best ski fields for families in New Zealand.
1. Coronet Peak
About 25% of Coronet Peak is dedicated to beginners which makes it an ideal mountain to teach kids to ski and snowboard. Alongside this there are still multiple blue and black runs so that older children and parents can still have fun too. On weekends you can also do night skiing if you need even more of a fix.
For those who prefer not to ski, there is a dedicated tubing park where the little kids can slide downhill in giant blow up doughnuts. Or if you want to send your kids into a child minding facility while you ski, Coronet Peak has a registered Early Learning Centre for kids under 6.
2. The Remarkables
image: The Remarkables’ Instagram
The Remarkables is a less compact ski field than Coronet Peak with about 70% of the space dedicated to intermediate and beginner trails. There are 3 terrain parks for boarders and skiers that like jumps and tubes so it is a good place to take more experienced snow lovers.
The big downside to The Remarkables is that it is double the distance from Queenstown than Coronet Peak (45 minutes drive versus 20 minutes) so you will need to factor that into your day when planning your schedule.
3. Treble Cone
The largest of the New Zealand ski fields in the south island, Treble Cone boasts the longest vertical runs of anywhere on the island (the longest is 4 kilometres). Happily for families, this caters to skiers and boarders of all abilities. For beginners there is a free chair lift while for those who are seeking more adrenalin filled action, there are jumps and chutes all around the resort.
While there are plenty of intermediate blue and advanced black runs, what makes Treble Cone interesting is the multiple off-piste options to allow you to carve your own trail and get away from the crowds.
4. Cardrona Alpine Resort
The first really great thing about Cardrona is that you can sleep on the mountain which makes the commute in the morning to the ski slopes with the kids so much easier that it is at any of the Queenstown resorts or Treble Cone.
While there are some green beginner runs and a ski school for kids and beginner skiiers and snowboarders, Cardrona really markets itself as a mountain for more advanced snow bunnies.
For those who are more experienced, Cardrona boasts some of the largest park and pipe facilities in the southern hemisphere which means you (or the kids) can Superpipe and freestyle to your heart’s content. Blue and black runs also abound so you can get your fix of downhill as well.
5. Snow Farm New Zealand
It can be hard to go skiing with toddlers and little ones. Sometimes it might feel that the effort is not worth the reward and you may prefer to wait until they are older.
If you decide that all you want to achieve is just introduce your kids to a day or two of snow play, Snow Farm New Zealand might be perfect. Here you can build a snowman, admire a snow cave or sled without having to deal with the busyness of the downhill ski resorts.
Alternatively, if you are a cross country skier, there are plenty of groomed and backcountry trails you can take. Lessons are available for kids to learn to cross country ski as well.
About Aimee Chan
Aimee Chan is the founder of online family travel magazine suitcases&strollers. A mother of two herself, she values the quality family time as well as culturally stimulating experiences to be found in traveling as a family. As such, she provides practical tips and useful travel inspiration for fellow parents.