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Old 05-06-2009, 08:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to gether a bit of a compilation for a NZ Ski trip I am looking at planning and I know a lot of people have been asking about NZ as well so I am going to run a few searches and ask for input about the ski fields located on the south island.

At this stage I am trying to decide what the best ski field is to go to, how they compare to eachother, or if it will be worth visiting a couple while we are there rather than sticking with 1 (we will be going for a week)

We want a field that caters for all, I like interesting terrain and don't care about park riding much, but a decent park would be good cause a couple of my mates are always nagging to hit it up.

Mt Hutt: Longest season in NZ, apparently most reliable snowfall. Can anyone comment on what stuff there is to do here when not on the slopes? This is what is making me lean towards queenstown simply because the town is a hive of activity and I don't think mt hutt can match that.

Coronet Peak (700 acres, 7 lifts): Interesting varied terrain
Remarkables (550 acres, 7 lifts): Good off piste stuff, good for learners
Cardrona (865 acres, 7 lifts): Awesome basin area for ultimate freedom
Treble Cone (1359 acres, 4 lifts): Longest runs, best for powder

Input appreciated, I know a few others will probably be interested in info compiled here, I will edit this post to include whatever relevent info I come up with.

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Good posts to read:
http://www.snowboardingforum.com/res...html#post45554
http://www.snowboardingforum.com/sno...s-coronet.html

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Old 05-06-2009, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We are possibly going to bring a couple of first-timers along as well so whatever places have the best beginner lessons/areas might weigh in as well.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Use the search (top right) for nz cause there's been heaps of threads on it lately..

We go to Mt Hutt as I live about an hour away from it and it's pretty good.. however closest place to it is Methven which is small and not a lot to do really.

I LOVE queenstown.. and i don't believe queenstown can disapoint! I love it! Only went snowboarding there my first time so I can't really comment on the slopes.. but my bf reckons they're really great! (cant remember which one he prefers.. but one caters more to beginners apparently..)
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Yea I am in the process of searching things up and will edit my original post to reflect what I find, getting a bit of information centralised makes it a lot easier when everything is on the same page.
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I've heard The Remarkables is a solid resort. And yeah, Queenstown is a blast, endless amounts of things to do there (if you have to cash),
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Good info sourced so far.

Anyone know if you can get a lift pass that covers multiple ski fields or do you just buy one on the day at whatever one you want to go to?

We will be there for about a week if we end up going and want go to at least a few of them. Cause most resorts are quite small.
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Good info sourced so far.

Anyone know if you can get a lift pass that covers multiple ski fields or do you just buy one on the day at whatever one you want to go to?

We will be there for about a week if we end up going and want go to at least a few of them. Cause most resorts are quite small.
Theres a season pass that covers Remarkables/Hutt/Coronet. I've riden Mt Hutt and its a nice resort, as stated above though, there is only two things to do in Methven: ride or drink at the Blue Pub (Blue - Home).

Wanaka or Queenstown would be your best bet as a place to stay for a season. With the addition of Treble Cone and Cadrona...guaranteed that it will be the best trip of your life.
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Old 05-09-2009, 05:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Queenstown is where its at if you want a good all round experience.

Mt hutt has good facilities(for nz) on the mountain but as mentioned, there isnt much to do in methven.
The closest place with much going on is Christchurch which is about 50 mins from mountain bottom.

Queenstown you are much closer and its a good all round place with a lot of touristy stuff to do
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Yea ive been to Queenstown before, just in the summer, not to ski. Did the whole bungee jumping jetboating thing back then.

We will definitely go to Qtown.
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Maybe i should sticky one of these threads and rename it 'Questions about traveling to nz' or something
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