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3 Day Queenstown Intensive Ski

Only got three days in Queenstown and you want to maximise your ski time. Join our Siamo Local 3 Day Intensive Ski Experience.

Enjoy three full days skiing at New Zealand’s premium ski resorts: Coronet Peak, Remarkables, and Cardrona plus soak away the pain in a luxury hot pool, refuel on local beers and wedges at New Zealand’s most photographed historic pub, lunch on pizza and pinot and enjoy an apes ski drink at your Siamo Local's favourite aprés ski watering hole.

Your Siamo local ski guide will transport you to and from your accommodation in Queenstown or Arrowtown, then ski with you all day, filling you their local knowledge not only of the best runs on and off piste, the best spots for coffee, but also their compendium of information on the Wakatipu’s regions from Maori history through to recent events. Get the low down on the best spots for eating, drinking, partying, shopping (and sleeping) in Queenstown and if you are very keen perhaps your Siamo local can talk you into a evening trail run or walk.

Come as a couple, a family, a group of friends or as an individual looking to maximise their skiing time with a Siamo group. And the best bit - your Siamo local tunes your skis every night ready for maximum performance on every ski day.

3 Day Queenstown Intensive Ski Itinerary

1: Ski Coronet Peak

Your Siamo Local will pick you up around 8am ready for your first guided ski day. The aim is to be skiing around 9:00 to 9:30am but you get to call the shots. You might need an extra coffee to get going, those boots might need an extra shove to get on, or you might want to hit the slopes as soon as the lifts open to make the most of your day!!!

During the day again the group calls the coffee breaks (or beer or bubbles), and how hard or fast we ski. Your local guide knows these slopes better than the backs of their hand and will introduce you to a world of runs on and off piste to meet the groups ability. Even for the most advanced skiers your guide will find something to challenge you. As well as regular coffees we will stop for an hour lunch break of fabulous pizza and local Pinot Noir (included) when you are ready.

The afternoon skiing usually raps up in between 3 and 3:30pm depending on the group often with a cheeky beer in the base building before it is down the hill for a one-hour luxury soak in a private Onsen Hot Pool. Look out over the Shotover River from your secluded sanctuary enjoying a glass of local Gibbston Valley Bubbles, and Kiwi chocolate and ice-cream! You will get dropped back to your accommodation in time for a freshen up before you hit the town (or the bed)!

2: Ski Cardrona

An early start today as your Siamo Guide will pick you up between 7 and 7:30am for our one hour commute over the Crown Range and onto the epic Cardrona ski field. Whereas the fall line of Coronet Peak is short and punchy today we ski the big wide open spaces perfect for long GS turns (plus if the snow allows there is some great chutes for the advanced skiers). If you are into your jumps then Cardrona is the home of big (actually very very big) jumps!

Although lunch is not included there are a plethora of eating options from standard New Zealand ski field self-service food to some more luxurious cafe style gourmet burgers, salads and hearty meals or sit down to a quality Asian noodle bar.

Like the day before we will ski to somewhere around 3pm depending on how the group feels before we head down into the Cardrona Valley for a quick photo at the bra fence and then a local beer (or wine) and some great wedges to refuel at the Cardrona Hotel. Established in 1863 the Cardrona Hotel has been featured in more television commercials than any other building in New Zealand. We should return around 6:30 to 7pm.

3: Ski Remarkables

Today’s pickup is around 8:00am to head up for day three of your guided days skiing with your Siamo local. There is lots of explore at the Remarkables for those who might want to hike up on to a ridge line or into the chutes. Same as yesterday we will look to ski anywhere from about 9am till 3:30pm depending on everyones legs, hangovers, how badly they want that aprés ski drink or all of the above!!!

Although lunch is not included today your Siamo Local will whisk you away after skiing to their favourite aprés ski bar for a evening drink. If you can drag yourself away from that your evening is free to bogey late into the Queenstown night or try some of the fine dining restaurants around town. Your guide can help you book the right one for you.

If you are catching the last flights out of Queenstown we can deliver you to the airport with just a little time to spare and lots of sore legs to head back to reality with!



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