Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world. Right in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, here you have access to two of the best ski resorts in the southern hemisphere, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. This is a stunningly beautiful place to ski or board!

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The New Zealand ski season runs from late June to early October. Our ski and snowboard instructor programmes are designed for you to train through the English summer and be qualified and ready to work the following European winter.

If you want to experience the joy of skiing or snowboarding New Zealand style, or just can’t wait a whole summer without your ski or board fix, Queenstown is waiting for you.

The Stats

Resort height:  310m
Highest summit: 1943m
Winter season: Mid-June to mid-October
Annual snowfall: 367cm
Average temperature: 4ºC – 8ºC
Sun average: 4hrs per day

Highest lift: 1943m
No. of lifts: 14
2 high speed six person chairlifts, 5 quad chairlifts, 3 surface lifts, 1 T-bar

Mountain restaurants: 7
Snow making: Yes
Skiable vertical: 462m
Bowls: 3
Terrain park:5 – The Stash,  4 terrain park

Coronet Peak – Early and late closing for first tracks and night skiing

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The New Zealand ski season runs from mid-June to mid-October and is the ultimate ‘off-season’, attracting world-renowned skiers and snowboarders from across the world. With Coronet Peak and The Remarkables a short bus ride away, visitors to Queenstown experience some of the best conditions in the Southern Hemisphere.

A season in Queenstown has a different vibe from a typical ski resort. Sitting 300m above sea level on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown enjoys unspoiled scenery and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Winter can be as busy as summer in Queenstown, there is always something going on and a buzz about the town – the Winter Festival and night skiing at Coronet Peak are just two highlights.

If you want to experience the joy of skiing or snowboarding New Zealand style, or just can’t wait a whole summer without your ski or board fix, Queenstown is waiting for you.



Our NZSIA and SBINZ instructor courses are designed for you to train during the European summer and be qualified and in time for the winter. Training is provided by highly respected NZSIA examiners, who can provide unique insight into the governing body and support students through both training and exams..

With two resorts to choose from, training covers all-mountain terrain and conditions. Coronet Peak is renowned for groomed intermediate runs and its roller coaster terrain and The Remarkable’s has more expert terrain and is the go-to resort for thrill seekers. ‘The Stash’ is a world-famous thrill filled gully where you can ride jibs, walls, and pads to your heart’s content.

Training programmes fit in well with the summer break of many schools, universities and colleges and are a perfect options for those who are looking for a ‘mini gap year’.



Queenstown is a short drive from the snow and an amazing town in which to stay for your 10 week adventure. It’s famous for its year-round alpine appeal, world-class ski fields and a vast array of outdoor activities and watersports. Queenstown is located in the heart of the South Island. It’s nestled on the shores of the stunningly clear Lake Wakatipu, with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains.

On your bucket list whilst in Queenstown must be the bungy jump, or you could try sky diving. In the town itself you can visit the cinema, the fear factory or play Xtreme Indoor Reball. If its dangerous and exciting you will find it here.

If you don’t feel that energetic at a weekend then why not enjoy the beautiful Kiwi surroundings by taking a walk around the lake or climb Queenstown Hill for the views. You may find you won’t want to leave.



The Pinewood Lodge is located in a quiet and scenic part of Queenstown within walking distance of the town centre, supermarkets, bars and lake. The accommodation at the Pinewood Lodge is set amongst three acres of peaceful alpine scenery. There are a mix of houses and units all featuring their own lounge, fully fitted kitchen and bathroom.

The Pinewood is recommended for long term stays in Queenstown and is locally owned and managed so you will experience the true Kiwi welcome.

  • I can’t fault the training and the course went very well. The level 2 exam was challenging but despite this I managed to pass with outstanding marks. I have no complaints and will be looking to book one of the WSC level 3 advanced training courses

    Thomas Ewes
  • New Zealand is one of the most picturesque places I have ever been to and waking up there every day was the best feeling. There was so much to do in the town and the surrounding areas that you definitely wouldn’t get bored. The restaurants were amazing and you got a wide range of delicious food to choose from

    Elliot Russell

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