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Ski Speak: 10 Winter Terms For Beginners

The countdown is on. We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for the first signs of snowfall, keeping an eye on the calendar and hoping winter comes a little early this year (and hangs around longer). Before joining us on the slopes however, take some time to lock down the local snow speak in preparation for your well-deserved New Zealand ski holiday. Not only will you appear to know precisely what you’re talking about, you’ll find any lessons or weather feedback easier to understand with a little research in your back-pocket.

Sit back, settle in and memorise these 10 terms you’ll hear on the slopes this year!

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4 Ski Tips for Beginners

Hey, Newbie! If you’ve found your way here after googling ski tips and beginners in the same line, we have everything you need in one place. We’re passionate and experienced snow enthusiasts, with a talent for making the first, second and third time easy for learners. Before you buy a bunch of gear, pack your bags and board your plane for the first day of your New Zealand ski holiday – because where else would you want to ski – we have a few insights to save you time, excess baggage charges and a decent amount of guesswork. While we can’t promise to reduce your nerves to zero – a touch of caution can be a beautiful thing – by the end of this article, you’ll feel comfortable and confident in your choice of alpine getaway.

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4 Places to Party in Queenstown

We need to talk about Queenstown. The little city on the edge of the water, hemmed in by mountain chains and adrenaline attractions, generating the kind of international buzz usually reserved for big-name places like New York, London and Buenos Aires. We know snow-hoppers love our hearty little adventure hamlet, but did you know it’s also a foodie, party, let’s-have-a-great-time destination? No? Yes? Maybe? While you make up your mind and ask around, here are four places to party in Queenstown – tried, graded and guaranteed to make you dance with holiday happiness. Just don’t go too hard every night, you still need to make the most of the snow-covered slopes.

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3 Queenstown Eats for Every Food Style

Can you hear that? The rumbling, grumbling sound close to your naval, just under your rib cage? After a long day of skiing and snowboarding your way to holiday happiness, you’ve worked up an appetite, and takeaway brands won’t cut it here. You need food. Delicious, mouth-watering, taste-bud-tempting Queenstown eats that leave you fulfilled and eager to return. We’re happy to oblige. Work your way through our top three Queenstown restaurants, appealing to every budget for a memorable New Zealand holiday, snow or no snow.

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Queenstown Must-Do’s on a Saturday Night

Where should you go, when the snowfields close and lifts stand still? Back to the lodge? Your room? To the warmth of a good, long sleep after a warm tea? While a quiet night might appeal when you’re at home with Netflix and snacks, a New Zealand holiday demands to be explored on the other side of dusk. Are you up to the task of a twilight tour of Queenstown? Great tastes, soothing sounds and magical sites await, as you work your way through our list of Saturday night must-do’s.

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Why You Should Learn to Ski in New Zealand this Year

Snow season is upon us. The fields are ready, the drifts are thick and our favourite hot-spots are shrugging off the last edges of autumn for a rollicking, snow-ball filled frenzy. It’s time to do something different, adventurous even, and trade those certain, slip-proof shoes you’re wearing for a slick pair of skies. Go from sledding all day to shredding all week with the support and insight of our Ski Express experts and instructors.

Still looking for a reason why this season is YOUR season? Take our top four and explore what it would be like to dive into a New Zealand ski holiday head-first.

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5 Things that Make Coronet Peak One of New Zealand’s Best Ski Fields

1. Closest ski field to Queenstown

You know you’re onto a good thing when you can get from the bright lights of our most popular resort town to the slopes in just 25 minutes. Less time on the road means you can squeeze the most out of every minute of your ski holiday.

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