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When is the best time to ski in Queenstown?

Keen to hit the slopes in the picturesque South Island town? Read on to find out the best time to go.

We’ve researched the best time to ski in the beautiful city of Queenstown based on the weather, the crowds and the prices. Make sure your next ski trip is the best it can be by following our handy tips.

The best time to ski Queenstown

July to September.

Why?

Queenstown is an all-year-round travel destination, but for those looking to brave the cold and visit during the winter months it’s best to visit from July to September.

At this time Queenstown sees the opening of New Zealand’s ski fields and the celebration of the arrival of winter through the Queenstown Winter Festival, which generally takes place at the end of June.

For a quieter trip, it’s best to avoid the beginning of the ski season as a lot of people come to celebrate during this time. We’d recommend the shoulder months of June or October for a balance of minimal crowds and well-priced accommodation, as well as there still being enough snow to ski on.


Overview

Queenstown is a popular holiday destination, meaning it’s best to avoid the weeks prior to, during and after the school holidays and allow the crowds to die down.

July and August are typically the months that Queenstown receives the most snowfall, so if you are keen on making sure you get the absolute best out of the mountain this would be a good time to go.


Weather and prices

The best time to ski in Queenstown, weatherwise: Queenstown is pretty consistent weatherwise throughout the winter months. Most resorts are open from June until October, but August does receive cold blasts the most often.

The cheapest time to ski in Queenstown: The best hotel prices and flight deals tend to be available during the shoulder ski seasons in June and October.


The best time to ski Queenstown...

  • Heli-skiing. Heli-skiing is a popular activity for thrill seekers visiting Queenstown. The best time to go is between August and early September, as this is when the snow is deep and the weather is fairly clear.

While the 2017 season opening dates haven’t been announced yet, here is when the main resorts have opened in the past:

  • Coronet Peak. As one of New Zealand’s most popular ski destinations, Coronet Peak opens in early June
  • The Remarkables. The Remarkables ski resort offers terrain for all ski levels and opens in early June
  • Cardrona. Cardrona is another popular ski resort in New Zealand, which is closer to Wanaka than it is to Queenstown. Cardrona opens in early June as well

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