I prefer to ride blues and greens, hate using anything smaller than a chairlift, and am up for some jumps in the park.
Is there anywhere to specifically avoid? Or that is more geared to skiing?
Also, what time of year is the snow at its best?
It's been a while but, I am really looking forward to hitting the slopes this year.
Head to Wanaka or Queenstown in the South Island. From there you can ride at one of four major ski fields all with different kinds of riding and decent park facilities. Then there is also Snowpark which is all about the jumps.
There are lots of great smaller fields throughout the South Island, some have chairlifts, many just have rope tows and and nutcrackers so you may or may not be into those...good thing is they are cheaper and often less crowded. These fields are also known as club fields because they are typically run by clubs.
The North Island has Mt Ruapehu which has two ski fields, but I think you are better off down south with more choices and probably more consisent snow and/or weather. almost 10 years ago
I'm definitely with Charles in heading to Queenstown! It's a pretty good place to base yourself for the mountains down here, the closest being Coronet Peak (about half an hour away) but there's also the Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone (at the furtherest, it's 1.5hrs away in Wanaka).
Queenstown has a huge amount of accommodation options as well as transport available to all of the above mountains if you don't have your own while you're here. Not to mention the stackload of other activities that you can get amongst while you're here, from bungy jumping to wine tours and everything in between!
ellie. almost 10 years ago
Queenstown is definitely the best place to base yourself from. We spent a few weeks there last year, the accomodation is super cheap, there are shuttle buses to the two major resorts in the area (Coronet Peak and The Remarkables), prehaps to others further afield also, and the general vibe of the whole town is awesome.
As for the resorts, Coronet Peak has some really good blue and green runs, and the main runs are serviced by 8 seater (I think it was 8, perhaps 6) lifts. The Remarks is a bit smaller and more park orientated. Has some awesome parks, and pretty decent begginer park (where i spent alot of time!).
The best thing about Queenstown is being able to switch between the two mountains (i think there is a third mountain covered also) day to day, as your lift pass covers both mountains.
check out www.nzski.com for more info. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables also have facebook pages which are updated frequently, which is awesome pre season to see how the snow cover is progressing. almost 10 years ago