Coronet Peak Facilities & Services

Coronet Peak Facilities & Services

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The impressive base area at Coronet Peak features a huge horse-shoe shaped building that houses most of the resort services and facilities. The Coronet Peak ski resort facilities and services include casual and formal dining, lift ticket services, storage facilities, ski and snowboard rental, kids’ facilities, and a retail shop.

Facilities for Children

The crèche at Coronet Peak (Skiwiland) offers child care from 9:15am-4:30pm with fully qualified staff. They cater for children aged 3 months to 5 years old. Child care can be provided in a full day (including the lunch period) or a half day format. Lunch is BYO. Rates for child care at Coronet Peak are very high relative to other NZ ski resorts, but it’s super cheap when you compare it to US resorts.

Children 4-5 years old can have a combination of crèche and ski school for the day, and this also requires the need to BYO lunch. Reservations are highly recommended.

Older children (5-17 years of age) can go to ski school (Kea Club).

Coronet Peak Ski School

Kea Club provides ski school for all ability levels for children 5 to 17 years of age, and snowboard tuition from ages 8 and up. The program runs from 10am-4pm and includes lunch.

Coronet Peak ski school is available for adults in fairly standard lesson formats for skiing, snowboarding and telemarking. In addition to private lessons, group lessons (workshops) are provided in 1 hour 50 minute time slots at 10:20am or 2pm.

Rates for both private and group lessons are pretty standard across the main NZ ski resorts.

Coronet Peak Ski Hire and Snowboard Rental

The Coronet Peak ski hire and snowboard rental section is huge! It is very well organised, and the ability for Coronet Peak to manage large volumes of beginners and other skiers and snowboarders is absolutely amazing.

One of the advantages of Coronet Peak ski hire (i.e. hiring on-mountain) is that you can swap equipment if it’s not quite right, or just if you feel like it, and you can store equipment overnight free of charge. They also offer the flexibility of returning your rental equipment to Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, or the Queenstown Snow Centre (The Station).

The other option is to rent your gear in Queenstown. There is an abundance of snowboard and ski hire Queenstown shops, and the advantage of hiring off-mountain is that it is significantly cheaper. It may also offer a little more flexibility if your accommodation is nowhere near the Queenstown Snow Centre.

Eating On Mountain

The base building features two large restaurants. Informal dining is available in the fast food Coronet Peak Café that serves burgers, soups, pizza, sushi, sandwiches, and salads. The food is good but the amazing thing about this café is the awesome view of The Remarkables through the large picture windows.

The Coronet Peak Restaurant offers more formal dining and is fully licensed. In addition to lunch, the restaurant serves breakfast and dinner when night skiing is on. Large windows in this area provide great views of the action on the slopes, or you have the option of dining on the large sundeck.

You can also grab a coffee from one of the baristas. They are used to coping with the huge volumes at Coronet Peak, so they have an efficient system in place.

There is also a special VIP area that seems to have some similarities to the Qantas Club. Being a club member also entitles you to VIP parking. Choice!

Outside, there is a large deck area with heated concrete, and with music playing this is a great place to bask in the sunshine.

Heidi’s Hut is a great place to get away from the crowds. Located at the base of the T-bar, the beginner skiers can’t access this area making it somewhat exclusive. The main fare here includes gourmet pizzas, pastas, coffee and gluhwein, and you can relax because there’s table service. The interior design is fantastic, but there’s also a spot outside to perch if the weather is fine.

When it’s set up, the Ice Bar at the top of the Greengates Express 6-pack is a great spot to perch whilst sipping on hot toddies such as mulled wine. It isn’t a “real” ice-bar per se, but the bar top is made of ice, and you can recline on a beanbag whilst taking in the amazing views from the backside of Coronet Peak.

Coronet Peak Shop

Coronet Peak has a nicely presented retail shop that sells quality gear, albeit basic. By NZ ski resort standards it is a large shop, and it sells products such as gloves, beanies, goggles, helmets and polar fleeces. Various Coronet Peak souvenirs are available such as t-shirts, windcheaters, hoodies and hats.

However if you need to make a major purchase you’ll need to check out the Queenstown shopping where there is more range on offer, and plenty of competition to keep the prices reasonable.
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