As we head into the start of the ski season and you start to plan your annual trip to the mountain, make sure you add night skiing into your mix this year! Whilst skiing has traditionally been a sport to enjoy during the daylight hours, thanks to some pretty amazing floodlights, you can now enjoy the exhilaration of zooming down the slopes at night under the cover of the stars – it also means you can cram even more skiing or snowboarding into your trip!
Where can I night ski in New Zealand?
For a number of years, night skiing has been available at Coronet Peak near Queenstown and this year is no different. Mt Ruahpehu in the North Island also offers night skiing so no matter where you are heading this winter, a night skiing and snowboarding option will never be far away!
Night Skiing at Coronet Peak
Coronet Peak is very friendly for beginners and offer private lessons at night, so no one needs to miss out if you haven’t been on the snow before. The mountain also offers great skiing and boarding for intermediate and advance riders with a number of upper mountain trails open for the night.
The slopes light up every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night from the 22nd June right through to the 31st of August so you don’t have long to wait until you can give it a whirl.
Queenstown is one of the best places in the world for skiing and with a variety of resorts and slopes, it’s a great destination for beginners and experienced skiers and boarder alike. Night skiing has fast become one of Queenstown’s bucket list activities and is right up there with the world-famous bungy and jet boating.
So, pack up your skis, grab an awesome rental car from GO Rentals and hit the slopes at Coronet Peak this winter to experience night skiing at its best. Check out epic sunsets and send it down floodlit trails with your mates. Experience après ski beside a roaring fire or dance while the DJ spins tunes.
Night Skiing at Mt Ruapehu
Heading up to the North Island, Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand’s most popular ski area due to its proximity to Auckland and Wellington making weekend getaways a big part of a Kiwi winter. One of the best things about Mt Ruapehu is its accessibility. Many people choose to stay in the lake town of Taupo which has a great little night life scene. There are regular buses which will take you to the slopes including one specifically put on for night skiing.
The beauty of night skiing at Mt Ruapehu is that you can often avoid the crowded slopes. During the July school holidays, night skiing is available every day making it a great day out for the whole family. Outside of the school holidays, you can night ski at Mt Ruapehu every Friday and Saturday night right through until mid-September.
Whilst the experience of skiing down the floodlit slopes is pretty spectacular, it’s not just about the skiing. Mt Ruapehu has the awesome Schuss Haus Corona Bar at Hut Flat where you will find plenty of live music on a Friday and Saturday as well as other events throughout the season.
An experience like no other
Both Coronet Peak and Mt Ruapehu light up their trails with floodlights, which creates an experience like no other because skiing under the stars while looking down on the lights of Queenstown or across the lake to Taupo is a sight you are going to remember! (Just be mindful that the trails are not controlled, so don’t go exploring for new runs in the dark. If you stray away from the lit areas – it will be at your own risk).
More than just the skiing
Most of the facilities at both resorts remain open during night skiing including the restaurant which stays open till 9pm and offers hot meals, mulled wine or hot chocolate for the kids. You can also hire gear if you don’t have your own. Live entertainment is frequently playing outside which adds to the atmosphere, so why not give it a shot?
3 reasons why you need to try night skiing
Night skiing is a favourite activity of the GO Rentals teams both down in Queenstown but also up in Auckland and Wellington. There’s just something really cool about gliding down the slopes under the cover of the night sky, or even better, a full moon! It’s not just about the fun to be had though – there are some other compelling reasons to give night skiing a go:
1. Less crowds
Night skiing and boarding typically means less people on the slopes. This really enables you to maximise your day on the slopes – lee time spent queuing for lifts and less time spent dodging people on your way down the mountain! With no queueing for lifts, you can probably pack as much into a 2 hour night ski as you can in a 4 hour ski in the daytime.
2. Cheaper prices
Both Coronet Peak and Mt Ruapehu offer great deals on night skiing which makes it pretty affordable. For many people, a full day on the slopes can be enough so resorts like Coronet and Mt Ruapehu want to get you back out for more – that’s why they entice you with cheaper deals for night skiing so make sure you check it out!
3. Stargazing and skiing combined
Whilst the floodlights do give off some glare, you can always find a little spot away from the lights where the night skies are simply breathtaking. On a clear, still night, you’ll feel like you can literally reach out and touch the stars they seem that close so it’s always worth taking two minutes out of your skiing to look up and take in the views – it’s pretty magical.
So, if you love skiing or snowboarding and you’re looking to try something a bit different this winter, make sure you give night skiing a whirl – it’s awesome!
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