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Skiing in Queenstown, New Zealand on your gap year

Of all the places to go skiing, New Zealand has resorts that don’t feature very highly. This is a shame because during the winter season the country boasts beautiful slopes adorned with crisp white snow, all against beautiful, unique scenery. Within these resorts, you are sure to have an experience like no other. Here is a rundown of two of the best in the Queenstown area.

Coronet Peak

The first thing you notice when you arrive at Coronet Peak is how modern it looks. This is because it is, and boasts up to date equipment like its 200+ snowmakers that helps keep the slopes fully looking amazing and operating to the best of their ability to ensure a smooth ride.

Whether you’re looking to start from scratch or have some level of experience, Coronet Peak is great as it caters for any aptitude with a large array of mix-ability slopes. That way, you can spend your time learning the basics or improving.

Better still, you can start skiing from 8am in the morning, and on Friday and Saturday the resort stays open till 9pm! This is perfect for those looking to ski around



The Remarkables

Remarkable by name, remarkable by nature, this mountain range is a fitting example of why New Zealand is an amazing place to head to for a ski holiday with a difference. Amid the surroundings of Lake Wakatipu, we dare you to find a more gorgeous backdrop.

There is no better time to head to this welcoming resort, as it has recently gone through some renovation, including new novice trails. In addition, July saw the introduction of a six-man Curvey Basin chairlift that stretches 1.2 km across the range - perfect for taking in a stunning view of the area with five of your friends.

Considered the best place to go as a beginner in the country, it’s definitely a good idea to book yourself into The Remarkables if you’re a little unconfident.

However it must be noted that there are no housing facilities, so be sure to look into staying in a nearby resort town.