Some might be interested to learn that Coronet Peak is the South Island’s most popular ski field in terms of skier days. Cornet’s popularity is due to it being close to Queenstown, having an outrageously efficient lift system, and reliable snow, thanks to industrial scale snowmaking.
Coronet Peak’s terrain is best described as a low grassy knoll near Queenstown. It is very popular with intermediate skiers. Nevertheless 30% of the field is described as advanced, with numerous short but fun chutes. If you like skiing groomers you will be close to heaven with NZ’s most extensive network of groomed trails. There is 481 metres of vertical on offer – so look forward to a day with multiple fast laps.
Coronet Peak easily has NZ’s best lift system with two express quads and a six seater, as well a T-bar and numerous magic carpets. The large lift capacity, means that although very popular, the lift lines at Coronet are small and fast moving.
No park, as this helps keep out the riff raff.
Snow: A surgically enhanced ❆❆❆❆
The low altitude of Coronet Peak means natural snowfall is only around 2 metres a year. However a lack of snow at Coronet Peak is rarely a problem, due to the tussock base and industrial scale snowmaking.
The weather is generally good due to being protected by the much higher surrounding peaks.
Coronet Peak is located 18 km from Queenstown and 7 km west of Arrowtown. The road is sealed all the way to the base of the field.
At $99 Cornet is $4 cheaper than Cardrona and $9 cheaper than TC however it is very doubtful whether this will affect your decision making. What is important to remember is the quantity and quality of the skiing that is on offer in this part of NZ.
BOTTOM LINE overall stoke rating:❆❆❆½
If multiple laps on groomed snow is your thing Coronet is going to be the place for you.