Besides the summer ski areas in Europe and America, which have already presented to you in parts 1 and 2 of this series, summer skiing (at least what we consider summer) can also be found on the 5th continent. Perisher, Coronet Peak and Treble Cone are names one should have heard of…
The largest ski area in Australia, and the actually in all of the southern hemisphere, is Perisher in New South Wales. The interconnected area which comprises 4 resorts, is open between mid June and the beginning of October. Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Simiggins Holes and Guthega have something to offer for everyone – from beginner to freestyler – somewhere among the seven peaks. Also snowboarders and freestylers will find well suited offers. Events, such as the AZN Snowboarding Mag Demo Days on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2013, or the Playstation Night Slopestyle on the 20th of July are only two examples from this year’s event portfolio. Between the 26th and 28th of August 2013 Perisher is even the host to the international freestyle event “The Mile High” Perisher Open Slopestyle. The 6-hour drive from Sydney is surely worth it!
The ski area Coronet Peak is the most popular and well-known in New Zealand and is open between the 8th of June and the 6th of October. The close proximity to Queenstown (only 20 minutes by car) makes a day-trip an option worth-while. Night skiing and lift operation times from 08:00 in the morning make Coronet Peak the ski ski area with the longest opening hours in New Zealand. Diverse pistes offer something for everyone, no matter if you are a skier or snowboarder, beginner or advanced. Currently the ski area is showing up 40 cm of snow.
Treble Cone is the largest ski area in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Between the 27th of June and the 29th of September 2013 the lift are in operation daily between 09:00 – 16:00. The area is divided into two basins: the Saddle Basin and the Home Basin. In both you will find wonderful freeride slopes – a real El Dorado for deep powder snow fans. The more experienced skiers should not miss out on a guided tour to the Motatapu Chutes. But all the others will also find what they are looking for in Treble Cone. A wonderful panoramic view can be enjoyed at any time.