Get excited, it’s that time of year again: Ski Season! When the snow lovers chomp at the bit to carve up the powder on their next alpine adventure. Here are some things you should know to make your next ski trip to the slopes amazing.
New Zealand Ski season generally runs from June through to October, depending on the weather of course. I would say August is the peak month.
There is often a misconception about skiing in New Zealand that it is for the more experienced skiers rather than for beginner skiers or families. This is due to the high volume of Double Black Diamond runs. But New Zealand is just as enjoyable for family ski trips and beginner skiers alike. It has a variety of ski fields on both the North and South Islands.
On the North Island is Mt Ruapehu which is home to NZ’s two largest ski fields and proudly boasts the longest vertical drop in Australasia. Its high altitude means there can be snow almost all year round.
On the South Island there are 3 main ski regions:
- Christchurch-Canterbury ski fields include Mount Hutt, Porters, Craigieburn, Broken River, Mt Cheeseman, Mt Olympus, Temple Basin
- Mount Cook-Mackenzie ski fields include Round Hill & Mt Dobson
- Queenstown-Wanaka ski fields include Treble Cone, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardona
Here are some things to think about when planning your next New Zealand ski adventure:
- Increasing competition for tourism dollars in NZ means ski fields now often partner with resorts, saving you time and money.
- A package deal for equipment hire and ski lessons while on the slopes could be more affordable than you first thought. All resorts offer these deals and could work out better for your hip pocket.
- Many resorts offer free skiing for younger children which, can make a family holiday more affordable. At Mt Hutt children 10 and under ski free.
- Ski season is extremely busy so you need to plan your trip early. Book well in advance to get the best value for money. Major resorts normally have sales a couple of months before the snow season begins.
- Resorts make a lot of money from people buying ski gear on the mountain. A smarter and cheaper option is to buy your ski gear from sales in the off season or even renting gear from ski shops before you get up the mountain. There are always many of these in towns near ski fields.
- If you’re on a tight budget you may find accommodation off the mountains. This is always a much cheaper option.
- The more you ski the less you pay. A one day pass is more expensive than multi-day pass so keep this in mind when planning your trip – a season pass will save you even more money.
- It is very cold! This might seem obvious, however if this is your first trip to the snow you may underestimate just how cold it can get. Wear plenty of layers to keep you warm Another way to keep warm is get out on the slopes and ski or snowboard – all that exercise will warm you up in no time!
- If are not an avid skier or snowboarder there is plenty to do off the slopes as well.
- Queenstown is said to be best place for off snow activities, restaurants, bars and clubs.
Make sure when you are planning your trip to New Zealand ski fields you have organised your Travel Insurance.
NoWorries Insurance offers a winter sports option which is great for skiing and snowboarding and other fun winter sports activities.
The cover Includes:
Off-piste- within resort bounds
Overseas medical expenses & emergency evacuation up to $25million
24×7 emergency assistance hotline
Winter sports equipment whilst in use up to $2,000
Rental vehicle excess reimbursement cover up to $3,000
Cover lift pass hire & equipment costs if you’re unable to use them due to accidental injury/illness, loss or theft.
Cover against lift closure if you can’t ski due to adverse weather conditions up to $500
As with all products make sure you read the fine print so you know what you are covered for.
This is a great travel insurance product which will cover you so you can ski more and worry less. Follow this link www.noworriesinsurance.com.au to get a quote
Enjoy your trip and have fun. Travel more, worry less.