First timers

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are great places to learn to ski or snowboard and we love welcoming first timers. Planning and preparation are the keys to having a safe and enjoyable winter holiday in the snow. Here is a range of tips to help you plan your first trip to the snow.

BEGINNER TERRAIN

The novice area has plenty of space for learner skiers and snowboarders.

The Meadows Express quad at Coronet Peak has unique safety features. The four conveyor lifts are for accessing the dedicated novice and beginner areas. 

There are separate beginners’ trail and a freestyle kids ‘fun‐zone’ with a tunnel and jumps. There is also a dedicated Snow Tubing lane alongside the conveyor lifts which will operate during the day and during night skiing on the weekends.

At The Remarkables, the new Base Lodge enables easy, direct access to the purpose‐built beginners slope featuring three surface conveyor lifts, plus easy access to the Alta Chair for novice skiers and the Curvey Basin chairlift.

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intro to snow

The Intro to Snow program offers very first time skiers the best value for money! Four days of lift passes, lessons and ski or snowboard hire giving you the confident start you need.

intro to snow Program

Ever wanted to learn how to ski, but it was slightly out of your budget? 2018 is the year to get hooked on winter! This four day package is designed for someone who has never tried skiing or snowboarding before and is all about making learning to ski or ride easy and fun.

The Intro to Snow package includes:

  • Four days of lift passes (day 1 is beginner lift access only) 
  • Four days of recreational ski or snowboard equipment hire (skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots)
  • Four days of group lessons (two lessons per day – 8 lessons total)

If you’re hooked at the end of the program we have an optional upgrade to a 3 Peak season pass, giving you unlimited lift access at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt for the remainder of the 2018 winter season. The upgrade cost depends on when you purchase the Intro To Snow package.

Details:

  • Package valid for use at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt ski areas.
  • The four days don’t have to be used consecutively but rental equipment must be returned back to us if you’re taking days off in between visits.
  • All four days must be used within the 2018 season and are non-transferrable and non-refundable.
  • NEW for 2018: There are two options depending on your travel dates.
  • Lessons meet daily at 10.20am and 2pm and there’s no need to make a booking.
  • Each lesson is 2 hours duration**
  • Clothing and helmet hire is not included in the package but can be added on at an additional cost.
  • Please note that we don’t hire gloves or goggles but these items can be purchased at our retail stores on mountain. 

INTRO TO SNOW

HOLIDAY BLACKOUT  

(Package not valid for use

between 1-22 July 2018)

ANYTIME

(Package valid any four

days of the 2018 season)

ADULT

$599

$699

OPTIONAL 3 PEAK SEASON PASS UPGRADE*

Package purchased before April 5th 2018               

$100                                                                                                         

$100                                                                                                       

Package purchased before 1st June 2018

$200

$200

Package purchased after 1st June 2018

$400

$400

* Upgrade available after completion of all 8 Intro to Snow lessons.

** Lesson groups with less than 3 people will get the equivalent instruction for duration of 1 hour.

*** If you purchase the Intro to Snow program and want to purchase a four day package for kids under the age of 16 years, check out the Kea Club program. The Kea Club all day program and includes a five hours of lessons, lift pass, ski/snowboard hire and lunch. Find out more about the Kea Club.

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other Lessons & packages

Skiing and snowboarding are a lot of fun and both sports can be challenging in the initial learning stages. The quickest way to gain confidence and enjoy yourself more on the slopes is to participate in a private or group ski or snowboard lesson with a qualified instructor. We recommend the following packages for first timers.

kids lessons

This Kea Club all-day package from 10am to 4pm has everything your kids need.

As well as the morning and afternoon lesson session*, this deal includes the lift pass, ski or snowboard hire, & lunch in the Kea Nest – easy!

If you’d like to drop your kids earlier, we have drop-off service add-on to accommodate children from 8:15 onward and take them through rentals with our friendly staff.

Age: Children can join group ski lessons from 5 years of age and group snowboard lessons from 7 years of age.

We also offer Mini Kea for kids aged 4 - 5 years at The Remarkables ski field. Click here to fine out more.

Includes:

  • Lift Pass + ski or snowboard hire to be collected before drop of
  • Morning and afternoon sessions (each lesson is 2.5 hours)
  • A yummy big lunch to fuel up for the afternoon 

Minimum ability level: Open to all ability levels. 

We will help you and your child chose the right level before commencing with some simple questions.

Important information:

  • To give families flexibility, Kea Club cannot be reserved. To avoid disappointment, arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the program, ie at 9:45.
  • Please be aware that all kids lessons have a maximum group number for safety and optimal learning.
  • *If weather doesn’t permit lessons, we provide indoor entertainment

Optional Add-On:

We have a convenient drop-off service in the base building to accommodate children from 8:15am where our friendly staff take your kids through rentals and on to Kea Club.

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KEA CLUB KIDS 5 - 17 YEARS PRICE  

ONE DAY ONLY: 5 YEARS

$156

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$190

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$30

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first timers package

THE FIRST TIMERS PACKAGE IS A FLEXIBLE OPTION FOR ADULTS, AND SENIORS. 

First timers includes lift passes, lessons and ski or snowboard hire. This package is suitable for anyone who is new to skiing or snowboarding providing you with a safe and fun learning environment to build your confidence on beginner and intermediate trails. Choose from 1 to 3 days.

If you are skiing for 3 days or more we recommend purchasing the four day Intro to Snow package which offers you the best value. 

The first timers package includes the following:

  • Lift passes (days 1 is a beginner lift pass only).
  • Group Lesson - 4 hours, includes morning and afternoon lesson (2 hours duration each).
  • Lessons start at 10.20am and 2pm.
  • Ski or snowboard equipment hire (clothing and helmet can be hired for an additional cost).
  • You can use the package to ski at both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.
  • Multiple days do not have to be used consecutively but you must return ski or snowboard hire when you are not skiing.
FIRST TIMERS  1 DAY 2 DAYS 3 DAYS 

ADULT 

$150

$380 

$556

SENIOR

65+ Yrs 

$150

$380 

$556

*** If you purchase the first timers package the price for youths aged 6 -17 years starts at $190 and children aged 5 years starts at $156 per day which is the Kea Club all day program and includes lunch, five hours of lessons, lift pass and ski hire.

night skiing

Ski under the stars and experience Coronet Peak come alive under lights.

The Night Ski lift pass gives you access to the slopes from 4pm until 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights, including the ‘Park After Dark’ freestyle trail, snow tubing lane and the airbag.

beginners lift pass

Coronet Peak's large novice area includes beginners’ trails & dedicated lifts.

The Remarkables offers two large learning areas serviced by three conveyor lifts. The conveyor lift area allows for sport specific areas for both ski and snowboard beginners. Perfect for novice skiers and snowboarders, the Beginners Lift Pass gives you a green light for all of our green runs. This lift pass can ONLY be used on beginners’ lifts.

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what to bring

First time on the snow means you need to find out what to bring and what you can get when you are here. Our Ski Hire and Sno Shops have most everything you will need. FInd out more.

ski hire

If this is your first time skiing it's best to hire ski or snowboard gear before you buy.

That way you can graduate to the performance ski and snowboard equipment as your skiing/boarding improves. Everything you need is right here on the mountain.

We stock the latest gear, from clothing to skis, boots, snowboards and helmets. Plus our on‐site technicians keep it in top condition.

We have one of the largest and most current ranges of rental equipment in New Zealand with quality brands such as Head, Burton and Salomon giving you a choice of fit and feel.

Hiring your ski or snowboard gear on the mountain means you can take advantage of FREE overnight storage, no need to take your skis up and down the mountain.

Plus if your ski's aren't performing well or you think you might have the incorrect sized ski boots, you can take your gear in and get it changed right away, ensuring your comfort and enjoyment. 

Please be aware that due to health reasons we cannot rent gloves, hats or goggles.

what to bring

Experienced skiers and snowboarders know that preparation is key to have a great time on the slopes.

When you pack for your first trip to the snow, remember to include:

  • Boots or shoes with a bit of a tread for all family members ‐ snow and ice can be slippery!

  • Sunscreen and lip balm to protect you and your family from the sun's harmful UV rays Warm waterproof pants and jacket (rentals are available on the mountain)

  • Eye protection is important, even on cloudy days – and don’t forget goggles or sunnies for the kids!

  • A hat such as a woollen beanie and a scarf or neck warmer for everyone

  • Waterproof gloves

  • Plenty of layers such as thermal underwear, polar fleeces, t‐shirts, skivvies, wool garments ‐ avoid cotton if possible

  • Camera ‐ the views are unbelievably fantastic

    If you forget anything, almost everything you need is available right here on the mountain at our ski hire outlet and the Sno Shop.

sno shop

SNOSHOP HAS A RANGE OF AFFORDABLE SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING ESSENTIALS FOR BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN, INCLUDING GLOVES, GOGGLES,HELMETS, SOCKS, NECK WARMERS AND BEANIES. 

Our Snoshop stocks a great range of top end brands like Smith, Bolle, Electric, Giro, Red, POW, Columbia, Dakine, Marmot and Spyder along with great souvenirs like stickers, magnets, mugs and glassware, key rings, T-shirts, soft toys (including our friendly mascots Spike and Shred) and much more.

You can also write and send your Coronet Peak or Remarkables postcards from the shop. We also sell painkillers, plasters and other medical first aid supplies as well as sweets and chocolates. 

Sno Shop is open seven days a week (mountain status permitting) from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Cards accepted: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, Eftpos NZ, mypass money. Season Pass holders receive a 10% discount in store.

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