When you’re revelling in long days at the beach or sipping on a cold beer on a hot summer’s night, it can be hard to imagine yourself knee-deep in powder on a Queenstown ski holiday. Yet summer is one of the best times of the year to start to plan a winter getaway. Right now, you might be thinking—”but it’s so hot! I’ve got the beach on my mind, not skiing!”. But if you book your ski trip early, you can take your pick of the best accommodation Queenstown has to offer and enjoy some great deals that will dry up once the ski season draws closer.
Planning your ski holiday? If you’re flying into Queenstown, you’ll need to figure out how you’re going to get up and down the mountain each day. The two main options are car hire and mountain transport. Depending on your group size and travel requirements, either a bus or a hire car may suit your needs. Let’s look at some things to consider when making your decision.
Queenstown is famous for skiing and fun times. And for good reason! With Queenstown’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene and abundance off-mountain activities, there truly is something for everyone – families and partygoers alike. But the reasons to travel to Queenstown don’t end there… Whilst there is some fantastic skiing to be had just a short drive to Central Queenstown, there are also other options a little farther afield. Continue reading The Best Skiing in Queenstown and Beyond
Trying to choose between Queenstown and Wanaka is like trying to choose a favourite child – impossible! Both have different appeals and cater to different types of ski holidays. Here we outline the differences between the two and leave it up to you to decide.
Continue reading Which is better, Queenstown or Wanaka?
Winter in New Zealand is all about getting some time on the ski slopes! But just because the temperature’s down, there’s no reason you can’t go on the road trip of a lifetime too. We’ve come up with a basic itinerary for the Ultimate North Island Road Trip to get you started. And the best part? There’s only ten hours’ total driving time involved, so you could do this road trip in a few days or stretch it out over a couple of magical weeks — you decide. Here’s how it shapes up.
The countdown is on. We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for the first signs of snowfall, keeping an eye on the calendar and hoping winter comes a little early this year (and hangs around longer). Before joining us on the slopes however, take some time to lock down these 10 snow terms in preparation for your well-deserved ski holiday. Not only will you appear to know precisely what you’re talking about, you’ll find any lessons or weather feedback easier to understand with a little research in your back pocket.
Sit back, settle in and memorise these 10 snow terms you’ll hear on the slopes this year!
Are you wondering which sport to try this winter season, when the mountains glimmer with freshly felled snow? You’ve been all over YouTube, read opinion blogs, asked friends and generally fallen head-first into an opinion well, without being any clearer. Now, whether you choose snowboarding or skiing, both are extremely addictive, so there’s no winner… just different choices.
Because we want you to have the best snow holiday possible, we’ve broken down each sport below, noting what you need to know, so you can make the right decision for your style. And remember, if you’re not quite hooked on one, you can always try the other – we always recommend gear hire when you’re first starting out on the slopes. Snowboarding or skiing, now you can decide for yourself!
Hey, Newbie! If you’ve found your way here after googling ski tips and beginners in the same line, we have everything you need in one place. We’re passionate and experienced snow enthusiasts, with a talent for making the first, second and third time easy for learners. Before you buy a bunch of gear, pack your bags and board your plane for the first day of your New Zealand ski holiday – because where else would you want to ski – we have a few insights to save you time, excess baggage charges and a decent amount of guesswork. While we can’t promise to reduce your nerves to zero – a touch of caution can be a beautiful thing – by the end of this article, you’ll feel comfortable and confident in your choice of alpine getaway.
First timers are always keen to cash in on a spot of spring skiing, when the skies are clear and the winter crowd leaves with wide smiles, sore muscles and millions of memories. Strap the two long boards to your feet for a picture that almost seems comical… snow gear gets a few giggles the first time around. Before booking flights for your New Zealand holiday, or planning a few Queenstown side tours, get your head around the little things that will go a long way in influencing the success of your getaway.
Snow season is upon us. The fields are ready, the drifts are thick and our favourite hot-spots are shrugging off the last edges of autumn for a rollicking, snow-ball filled frenzy. It’s time to do something different, adventurous even, and trade those certain, slip-proof shoes you’re wearing for a slick pair of skies. Go from sledding all day to shredding all week with the support and insight of our Ski Express experts and instructors.
Still looking for a reason why this season is YOUR season? Take our top four and explore what it would be like to dive into a New Zealand ski holiday head-first.