Family is important to us at Coronet Peak, and we know how hard it can be to take the whole family on holiday! So we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for everyone to enjoy their time on the mountain. No matter age or ability level, we’ve got something to suit! What’s more, kids five years and under ski for free! This season, kids 10 and under also ski for free with the purchase of an adult day lift pass.
Kids 10 & under ski for free
We love to see kinds learning how to ski and snowboard! So to make it easier for families to get into the sport, kids 5 and under can enjoy a free lift pass at Coronet Peak. Kids 10 & under ski for free with the purchase of an adult day lift pass. You will still need to pick up a MyPass card for your child from Guest Services for them to be able to access the lifts. Additional services are not included with the free lift passes.
Book a lesson for your kids
4 - 15 years
Get your kids started with a lesson to ensure they learn and progress their skills in a safe and fun environment without picking up any bad habits along the way. Kid’s lessons and programs can be purchased online or at Guest Services. We suggest booking online in advance for date specific programs such as Skiwiland as they have limited capacity. We offer a range of kids specific packages.
What Ability Level is my kid
Our qualified instructors will have your kids feeling confident and comfortable no matter the skill level. Be sure to have your children at lessons 15 minutes before the start time. This will allow instructors to properly evaluate skill levels and ensure each child is in the group best suited to their ability level.
Equipment Hire for Kids
We have a range of rental equipment for your kids starting from 2+ years and up. This includes skis and boots, snowboards (for ages 7+), poles, helmets and clothing. Rental equipment is included in a lot of our kids programs such as Kea Club and Skiwiland. You can also rent directly from us on mountain at Guest Services.
From 4 - 15 years Includes
A kids program for all ability levels with everything your kids need, including lessons, rental and lift pass!
We offer a range of kids programs at Coronet Peak, from School Holiday Programs through to Alpine Ski lessons. Our programs cater to a wide range of abilities and are ideal for helping your kids progress their skills on the snow.
Age: 2 - 5 Includes:
2 - 5 Years
3 - 5 Years
Skiwiland - My First Ski School is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged from three months to five years. Our learning experiences are informed by the NZ ECE curriculum and we offer a range of experiences to build confidence that includes playing in the snow and even skiing.
Family Learner Experience
Spend the day with one of our highly skilled instructors and be provided with everything you need to start your first day on the snow. The Family Learner Private Package will have you loving your first experience on snow and be on your way to exploring the mountain as a family.
Where do I take my kids for lessons?
Our lessons at Coronet Peak start by the learner’s area at the far end of the base building. Please arrive for your lessons at least 15 minutes early as each lesson has a maximum group number for safety and optimal learning.
For all you early risers we have a drop-off service that can look after your kids from 9:00am onward, our friendly staff will take them through rentals and get them equipped for a fun day on the snow while you shred the mountain at your own pace.
Are my kids too young to ski?
For kids 5 and under we offer multiple options in our fully licensed Early Learning Centre, Skiwiland.
Skiwiland caters for our youngest guests from 3 months of age to 5 years old (Ski lessons can start from 3 years old). Introducing them to their new environment and the fun of snow sports. You can enjoy your time skiing or snowboarding, secure in the knowledge that your kids are also having a great time either on the snow or nice and warm inside.
What will my kids learn?
Our kid’s lessons cater for all ability levels, so if it’s their first time on snow our experienced instructors will help them learn the basics. If your kids already have some experience our team will help them build their ski or snowboarding skills and confidence.
Do you have rentals equipment for kids?
We stock the latest gear, from clothing to skis, boots, snowboards, helmets and more at Coronet Peak! Save yourself the hassle of carting your equipment up and down the mountain each day and hire your equipment on the mountain. We have one of the largest and most current ranges of rental equipment in New Zealand with quality brands such as Head, Burton and Salomon giving you a choice of fit and feel. As you start to progress with your skiing or snowboarding, you can upgrade from recreational to performance rentals to make more of your time on the snow. Hiring your ski or snowboard gear on the mountain means you can take advantage of FREE overnight storage, no need to take your skis up and down the mountain. Plus if your ski's aren't performing well or you think you might have the incorrect sized ski boots, you can take your gear in and get it changed right away, ensuring your comfort and enjoyment. Please be aware that due to health reasons we cannot rent gloves, hats or goggles, however you can purchase these at Coronet Peak from our retail shop.
What do I need to bring?
Preparation is key to have a great day on the slopes, so when you pack for your first trip to the snow, remember to include: Boots or shoes with a bit of a tread for all family members ‐ snow and ice can be slippery! Dress warm! It can get pretty cold on the mountain so it’s important to layer up. Thermals, (merino is a great base layer); a thicker mid layer top, hiking or ski socks are a good starting point. Waterproof pants and jacket (rentals are available on the mountain) are a must to keep you dry and protect you from the wind. Sunscreen and lip balm to protect you and your family from the sun's harmful UV rays Eye protection is important, even on cloudy days – and don’t forget goggles or sunnies for the kids! We recommend wearing a helmet on the snow, you can hire from us on the mountain or purchase at our retail shop. If you don’t have a helmet, then a beanie is a must. Waterproof gloves If you forget anything, almost everything you need is available right here on the mountain at our ski hire outlet and the Snow Shop. And if you get hungry or thirsty, we’ve got you covered at our restaurant and café.
How do I get there?
Getting to Coronet Peak is easy; we’re the closest ski field to Queenstown, only 16kms away. You can either drive yourself or catch a ride on Coronet Peak's Bus transport from downtown Queenstown. If you are self-driving please check out our Safe Driving tips on our Transport Page. We provide return bus trips to Coronet Peak every day of the season and for night skiing on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday's (weather and conditions permitting) giving you a comfortable and safe alternative for getting to the snow.
When is the ski season?
The New Zealand Ski Season runs from June to October.
Can I get food on the mountain?
You bet! We’ve got restaurants, cafes and Ice Bars to keep you fuelled and hydrated for an epic day on the snow.
What time does the mountain open?
Coronet Peak is open daily from 9am – 4pm, subject to weather conditions. First Tracks: 8am – 9am daily. Night Ski: 4pm – 9pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights.