Treble Cone has legions of fans and for good reason; the terrain is world class and the views over Lake Wanaka are mesmerising. This season, there is more beginner terrain and a new snow play area for kids complete with slides – just make sure TC Cat doesn’t hog them. If you have kids that have never skied or snowboarded before, they can try it gratis with the Nice N Easy Platter and Magic Carpet free for everyone. For experienced skiers and riders, Treble Cone is a veritable playground – you won’t believe how good the terrain is around the Saddle Basin. Just 25 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, Coronet Peak is the easiest to access and has everything a family needs for a ski holiday with some of the best on-piste skiing and riding in the world with state- of-the-art grooming and snowmaking. The modern and efficient base building makes everything simple and the online MyPass is easy to load and use. One of the things Coronet is best known for is the night skiing, on every Friday and Saturday night from July to September. The learn to ski or board programmes are also world class. Named New Zealand’s best ski resort in the World Ski Awards for the last two years in a row, Mt Hutt, 90 minutes from Christchurch and 35 minutes from Methven, delivers stunning views and spectacular skiing and snowboarding. There is a dedicated beginners’ area, and if you are new to the snow, consider the four- day Intro to Snow package for people 16 years and over, which includes lift tickets, two group lessons a day and ski or snowboard hire for four days. There are other packages available and kids 10 and under ski for free. All levels are catered for, and this season, there is another 21 hectares of terrain to enjoy.