SKI CORONET PEAK IN 2016
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At a Glance
CORONET PEAK facilities are open from 8am to 5pm daily
First tracks 8am, DAILY - night skiing 4pm to 9pm, FRIDAY & saturday
2 Terrain Parks
Coronet Peak 1649m highest point, 481m vertical drop
Longest Run 2.4kms, M1
Tubing Park, great fun for all the family
First Tracks, 8am - 9am daily
queenstown Mountain Events
cafes and restaurants
coronet peak cafe
When the sun is shining and you want to get back to the snow as quickly as possible, the Coronet Peak Café is the perfect place to grab a quick meal on the go! The menu features cafe style food including our famous burgers, hot snacks, pasta and pizza slices as well as a range of healthy options with a wide selection of fresh daily sandwiches and gourmet rolls, wraps, salads and sushi. Yes! - we cater for vegetarians and gluten-free diets and our staff are more than happy to accommodate your dietary requirements - please ask one of our friendly café team if you have any special needs.
coronet peak restaurant
Coronet Peak Restaurant offers a full breakfast menu, cooked to order for the early risers - you will wan to check out our famous Breakfast Burger!! Breakfast is served until 11.00am.
At lunchtime, choose from a variety of dishes from around the world. You'll find curries, hot pots, noodle creations, fish & chips, lasagne, sushi, an extensive salad bar and plenty more.
Our internationally trained baristas serve excellent coffees and hot drinks and the fully licensed bar offers an array of local and national wines, beers, RTD's and locally made mulled wine.
On Friday and Saturday nights the Night Skiing crew serve great priced meals and bar snacks designed to share with your friends, including $10.00 pizza's and twilight meal specials.
Heidi's Hut, located at the base of the Rocky Gully T-bar, offers an Italian-style menu including a great selection of gourmet pizzas, pastas and soups all prepared fresh daily by our chefs. Mulled wine, beer, great local wines and soft drinks are available.
Heidi's Hut also serves a light breakfast plus great espresso coffee all day long! Enjoy your meal by the fire or on the sun deck where you can enjoy the stunning 180-degree views of the Wakatipu Basin and The Remarkables mountain range.
The Substation, located on the deck at Coronet Peak, serves quick and tasty food on the go. Hot subs and sandwiches are our specialty here, plus hearty soup to takeaway.
We also serve espresso coffee, a selection of beers and other ready-to-drink options and soft drinks.
SKIWILAND early learning centre
Skiwiland caters for children aged from three months to five years of age. It's a fully licensed registered Early Learning Centre with the NZ Ministry of Education, so you can enjoy your time skiing or snowboarding, knowing that your children will be comfortable, safe and happy. Indoor and outdoor activities are provided for those kids aged two and above and including playtime in the snow with our fully qualified staff. Skiwiland offers three age specific programmes and you can find all details, including a booking form, below.
Are your kids older? Kea Club offers children’s group ski lessons for kids aged 5 to 15 years and snowboarding lessons are available for 8 to 15 year olds - MORE ABOUT KIDS LESSONS
- Full payment is required to secure your child's booking in Skiwiland.
- Spaces are limited so booking in advance is essential.
- Due to capacity restrictions, half-day bookings will be limited during peak holiday periods.
- Skiwiland operates a nut free environment.
For children aged 3 months to under 2 years
Mini Kids provides a fun and caring environment for children less than two years of age.
Qualified staff will respect your baby’s routines and ensure those who are starting to explore their world (crawling or walking) have lots of fun.
What to bring: Change of clothes, nappies, dummy, bottles/formula/food, special toy and/or blanket. Lunch is not provided so please remember to pack their favourite snacks and drinks.
For children aged 2 to 5 years old
If your child is not yet ready to ski, Kiwi Kids will keep them entertained while the rest of the family enjoys the slopes. Children are kept busy with a wide range of fun and educational indoor and outdoor activities.
All activities are fully supervised by qualified staff. Lunch is provided with the full‐day option.
What to bring: Waterproof jacket & pants, change of clothes (extra underwear), warm hat, mittens, goggles/sunglasses, nappies/pull‐ups and snacks if coming for a half day.
- Full day - 9am to 4pm
- Half‐day morning - 9am to 12pm
- Half‐day afternoon - 1pm to 4pm
Morning or Afternoon
Under 5’s ski lessons and educational indoor and outdoor activites
Skiwi Kids provides a fun and safe environment for young children to learn to ski. Catering for all ability levels, qualified instructors teach two ski lessons on the full‐day programme and one lesson on the half‐day programme.
What to bring: Waterproof jacket & pants, change of clothes (extra underwear), warm hat, mittens,
Sno Shop has a range of affordable skiing and snowboarding essentials for both adults and children, including gloves, goggles, helmets, socks, neck warmers and beanies. Coronet Peak’s Sno Shop 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 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, My Pass money. Season Pass holders receive a 10% discount in store.
Have your own gear? We offer day storage at Coronet Peak with our automated pay lockers available downstairs in the base building.
Pay by credit card or EFTPOS only: $10 per day (no overnight storage available).
Have you rented your ski gear from us on the mountain? There is FREE overnight storage at all three ski areas when you have hired your ski or snowboard gear from us. Simply return your ski gear back to the Rental Department at the end of your ski day and we'll take care of the rest.
Coronet Peak has seven separate car parks with a capacity for more than 1200 vehicles. Several of the car parks are a short walk to our Base Building and the rest are easily accessed by our free shuttle service which operates from 8.00am until 5.00pm.
If you are visiting with children or you have a full car, you are welcome to drive right up to the Base Building to unload your passengers and ski gear before parking and catching one of our shuttles back to the top. Please follow the signage and the directions from our team to get you on the snow as quickly as possible.
distances and transport
getting to coronet peak
Coronet Peak is only a short drive from Queenstown. You can either drive yourself or catch a ride on NZSki’s official bus service. NZSki’s Snowline Express provides return trips to the slopes every day of the season (weather and conditions permitting) from 8am until 12pm, giving you a comfortable and safe alternative for getting to the snow. We also have night skiing transport to Coronet Peak, which is great for those who like to ski and party on the deck at Coronet Peak!
Driving times to Coronet Peak Ski Area
Queenstown - 20 mins
Arrowtown - 25 mins
Wanaka - 1 hr 10 mins
Relax and enjoy the scenic journey to and from Coronet Peak. The Snowline Express is a daily scheduled bus service that runs from the Queenstown Snow Centre to the ski area. It will collect you at each designated stop along the route when spaces are available.
Bus tickets are available to purchase from the Snow Centre or you can buy online when purchasing your lift passes.
Departs 8.00am to 11.30am
every 20 mins from the Snow Centre
Returns from 1.30pm onwards
from Coronet Peak as buses fill
Check out the ROUTE MAP above for details on our Snowline pickup route.
1 return journey
5 day multi-ride
5 return journeys
10 day multi-ride
10 return journey
P: 0800 365 696
NIGHT SKI TRANSPORT
An easy and convenient way to get to a fun night at Coronet Peak on Friday and Saturday nights. It's a great option for those who like to ski and party on the deck at Coronet Peak!
Queenstown Snow Centre to Coronet Peak only
4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm
Coronet Peak only to Queenstown Snow Centre
Departs at: 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm
1 day return
1 day return
Youth (17 & under )
P: 0800 365 696
WINTER SAFETY TIPS
When skiing or snowboarding at Coronet Peak, it’s important to follow the Snow Responsibility Code to ensure both your own and others’ safety on the mountain. It’s also important that you regularly check the snow and weather conditions.
SNOW RESPONSIBILITY CODE
This code is designed to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for everyone on the mountain.
- Stay in control at all times.
Know your ability, start easy, be able to stop and avoid other people.
- People below you have the right of way.
The skier or boarder downhill of you has the right of way, also look above before entering a hill.
- Obey all ski area signage.
Signs are there for your safety, keep out of closed areas.
- Look before you leap.
Scope jumps first, ensure the area is clear of others, use a spotter on blind jumps.
- Stop where you can be seen.
When stopping, try to move to the side of the trail and where you can be seen from above.
- Don't lose what you use.
Equipment must be secured while walking.
- Stay on scene.
If you are involved in, or witness an accident, remain at the scene and identify yourself to Ski Patrol.
- Respect gets respect.
From the lift line to the slopes and through the park.
It’s also important to:
- Observe ski area boundary closures.
Any lift or boundary closures will be indicated on the day on the website and at Guest Services. If you are not sure, please ask Guest Services, Lift Operators or the Ski Patrol team who will be out and about on the slopes.
- Go slow when you’re in a slow zone.
Slow zones are indicated with bright signage. Please respect these areas by keeping your speed down.
- Ride the right lift.
Our lifts access certain terrain that suits different ability levels. Make sure you have the right lift pass to access the type of lift and terrain for your skiing/riding ability. When riding a lift always ensure the safety bar is lowered on your chair. If you are unsure about the lift, just ask the nearest Lift Operator to slow it down for you. All lifts operate between 9am-4pm daily, weather and snow conditions permitting.
WEATHER & SNOW REPORTS
Mountain weather changes very quickly. To ensure you are safely equipped for the day, make sure you check the full mountain report before you travel to Coronet Peak.
The Coronet Peak Snow Report is published early every morning and updated throughout the day as conditions change. The snow report is also available in print from most accommodation providers and retailers in Queenstown, and broadcast on radio stations in most South Island main centres each morning.
The early morning snow report is accurate at the time it is published, however conditions are subject to rapid change. Be sure to check details on this website and when you arrive on the mountain for the latest information to ensure you make the most of your day at Coronet Peak.
AVALANCHE & RESCUE
Our Coronet Peak Ski Patrol teams are out every day making sure the terrain is safe. Ski Patrol continually observe weather and snow-pack conditions and monitor the snow's increasing or decreasing stability within the ski area throughout the season.
They are also on call to respond to your needs very quickly if an accident or emergency occurs. Search and Rescue (SAR) is most often required outside the ski area boundary and is undertaken by our Coronet Peak Ski Patrol team. The Ski Patrol team has trained for many years to deal with every form of ski area emergency.
If you decide to go skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry at Coronet Peak you need to carry the right safety equipment. Avalanches happen for a reason, so it’s important to choose your terrain wisely.
Please visit the Mountain Safety website for details on requirements to ensure your safe backcountry adventure.
Driving on snow and ice is very different to driving on dry or even wet roads, especially if you are not familiar with these sorts of conditions. You will be required to fit snow chains if our Road Safety team indicate. Fitting chains can apply to both two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles so please ensure you check the Road Status signs at the entry to the Coronet Peak ski area access road.
It is important to know when and how to use chains. You must stop and put on chains when indicated on the ski area access roads; signs will indicate when it is compulsory to use chains, but you may also wish to use chains on very slippery surfaces for extra traction.
WINTER DRIVING SAFETY TIPS
It is good practice to alert our Ski Patrol with details of your anticipated backcountry trip. You can pop into our Ski Patrol office at any time. Please be aware that our Ski Patrol do not patrol these areas and only venture here in the case of a known emergency.
We also encourage you to watch the North Face video series below, which explains how to make the right decisions for skiing out of bounds and in the backcountry. There are five videos in the series .
SKI TOURING ACCESS
ski touring safety tips
Coronet Peak is a 24 hour, seven days per week operation with multiple natural and operational hazards. Ski touring within the ski area boundary is dangerous and can result in serious injury so please respect ALL CLOSURES including Winch Cat signs. All areas of the mountain are winch groomed on a daily basis with activity concentrated around the M1.
Sarah Sue, the western most run on the mountain, is the designated touring route due to reduced operational risk.
The highest risks for ski tourers are:
- Disorientation in poor weather or darkness, or skiing/ leading to exposure.
- Skiing/riding or falling injury leading to exposure (hypothermia).
- Collision with winch groomer cables, skidoos and stationary equipment.
- Winch cables are impossible to see at times, may be buried beneath the snow, can move suddenly and could easily kill you!
- Skidoos take a long time to stop and may not be able to avoid a collision if you are on their path.
- Visibility can be severely limited by factors such as cloud, snow/snowmaking and lights from machinery. Never assume that you have been seen by machinery just because you can see it.
Please follow these safety tips:
- Ski Touring is NOT PERMITTED during the hours of 6pm to 6am during the ski season (1st June to 7th October).
- Don’t go alone; bring a friend, and let someone know when you expect to return and when to call emergency services for help.
- Ski down what you skin up so you are aware of conditions and operations.
- Read the avalanche bulletin appropriate to the terrain you intend to access particularly if going into the back country.
- Uphill traffic must use outside of trails and remain visible from above at all times.
- Coronet Peak does not provide Patrol response when closed or for incidents outside the ski area, call 111 for all such emergencies.
- Take responsibility for your own safety and be equipped.
- Always read the Ski Touring information sign located at Coronet and Greengates Express chairlift bottom stations where you will find the contact numbers for the on-site grooming team should you need to contact them directly.