Coronet Peak Queenstown - First Impressions
After spending our first day on snow in New Zealand at The Remarables it was only fair that our second day was spent at another Queenstown based resort, Coronet Peak. Before planning this trip I hadn’t really heard much about ‘The Peak’ as it is affectionately known. A little research later and I discovered some photos of the views from CP which are reason to visit in itself. I knew that the snow would be disappointing due to the bad start of the NZ season but at least the views were something to look forward to.
On the drive up to Coronet Peak it was evident the views would not be a let down. A clear day and blue sky’s ensured that unobstructed views of Lake Wakatipu were to be found around every corner. The road up to CP is smooth and wide enough to fit vehicles passing in both directions. This is a drive that all competent drivers should be able to accomplish so no real need to pay the $25 dollar ski bus charge!! Just take it easy and drive to the conditions.
There are a number of car parks available at CP and depending on what time you get there and how busy it is you should be able to park close enough to the lifts. Car park 1 and 2 are a short walk from the base lodge which incorporates the ticket office, rentals, ski school and a store with all the essentials. I actually purchased a pair of goggles from the store and found the staff incredibly helpful. Holders of a NZ ski pass receive 10% discount in the store. If you don’t fancy the walk or are parked lower on the mountain you can catch a free shuttle bus which takes you from the car parks to the base.
Uniquely at CP, from the base area you walk upstairs to go out to the lifts. Turn right and you will be at the mellow slopes used by the ski school and serviced by the Meadows Express chair. I did not take this chair as it’s a fairly busy area and instead turned left to the brand new Coronet Express Chair. This 6 seater chair takes skiers and riders from the base to the highest point on the mountain. Its fairly quick as CP only has 420m elevation from base to summit (via Ski-resort-stats.com).
From the summit there are no green runs with blues being the most accessible grade. It is from here that you can also access the back bowls, which sadly were closed on this visit due to poor snow. Hopefully when we return they will be open. There was little to no coverage off-piste, however due to CP’s extensive snow making efforts the pistes were in really good condition. I really enjoyed lapping the Coronet Express or heading to skiers right and ending up at the Greengates Express chair. The trails were quieter towards the Greengates Express as everyone seemed to be making use of the new and faster Coronet Express.
Coronet Peak really is unique in terms of its setting, riding down looking towards the lake is incredible. I often found myself stopping to just look down across the valley.
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