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When is the best time to book 2020 Queenstown ski holiday?

When you’re revelling in long days at the beach or sipping on a cold beer on a hot summer’s night, it can be hard to imagine yourself knee-deep in powder on a Queenstown ski holiday. Yet summer is one of the best times of the year to start to plan a winter getaway.  Right now, you might be thinking—”but it’s so hot! I’ve got the beach on my mind, not skiing!”. But if you book your ski trip early, you can take your pick of the best accommodation Queenstown has to offer and enjoy some great deals that will dry up once the ski season draws closer.

Why book a ski holiday in summer?

Snowboarding at The Remarkables
Snowboarding at The Remarkables

There are many excellent reasons to book your ski trip nice and early; especially when travelling to Queenstown which is NZ’s busiest winter hotspot.

While there is a lot of accommodation to choose from in Queenstown, if you leave it too late, you’re likely to find your preferred options are fully booked. Australian and New Zealand school holidays both run in July 2020 so expect this period to be the busiest time of year in NZ’s ski resorts; book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Another great reason to book your holiday early is to enjoy that pre-holiday buzz for longer. Having your holiday marked down in the calendar really helps to bring excitement into your life and gives you a goal to work towards. Having a busy period at work? Getting slammed with studies? Just need a break from the daily grind? There’s no better tonic than knowing that soon you’ll be off skiing in an alpine paradise, far away from it all. As always, prices for flights and accommodation invariably go up the closer to the time you book, so if you already know you’re going on a ski holiday in 2020, why not book as early as possible?

When are the peak times? When is quiet?

Family ski holiday in Queenstown
Just You and Your Mini Me

Queenstown has its annual winter festival in June, which is often touted as the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party. This is four fun-filled days of more than 60 events over the weekend of June 18 – June 21, where Queenstown will come alive with street parties, music, comedy and family fun.

As we’ve mentioned, the July school holidays usually see the biggest crowds in town as families from Australia and New Zealand converge on Queenstown.  During this peak period, accommodation and attractions are guaranteed to be packed with young families and availability will be hard to come by.

If you prefer the idea of going when things are a bit more relaxed, we highly recommend booking a spring skiing trip—the ski fields are now open well into October, and town is much quieter after the midwinter peak. Spring is a fantastic time of year to ski—you might find some of the best snow and best weather of the season. Book soon and chances are you’ll be able to snag some sharp deals on flights and accommodation.

For a great deal on a Queenstown Ski Holiday, contact us today.