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steezyclezyThat area is called Southern Lakes and there are 4 ski areas around there; Cardrona, Treble Cone, Coronet Peak and the Remarkables. Cardrona has best park, Treble Cone probably has best extreme/ freeride terrain, Coronet is only 20 min form queenstown and the Remarkables is all round pretty good I hear. Queenstown is really cool and has a reasonable amount of activity, Wanaka is smaller and a bit quieter. I don't know too much about Australia but they don't have much snow or many mountains, and apparently the instructors there get given rain jackets haha. Hope this helps!
PuddlesHey, well Coronet Peak is a major tourist field but it's pretty low so it usually relies on a lot of Manmade Snow, and can be quite icy. The Remarks isn't far from Queenstown either and has a park and gentle stuff. Both of these areas have a pretty cheap bus which is run by the skifield rather than a seperate company.
Halfway between Queenstown and wanaka is cardrona, which is a great learner mountain with a wide easy runs...and a really awesome terrain park (and it's the home of Jossi wells).
There are heaps of buses to Cardrona, but with other companies...I always look for one that offers a package.
Treble cone is the other ski area, just the other side of wanaka. It's got a lot more of the steeper runs (only one green run) which is run off two different lifts.
NippletronGreat stuff! Is this the place/area to be in? Don't have it in front of me but there's another place called Cantebury Plains/Fields more north? Is this worth visiting or is the best snow/skiing in the places you've been talking about?
Sorry I don't remember the exact name of the area but its pretty big, got a resort called Mount Olympus if I recall correctly. But ye, ill defo look for packages, flights, accommodation in Queenstown/Wanaka and look how much a ski ticket cost which gives access to a lot of areas/resorts