Queenstown State of Emergency, Coronet Peak closes for season

Photo credit: Destination Queenstown

Let’s just say it hasn’t been an ideal season in Australia and New Zealand this winter.

Ski resorts have battled no snow, then some snow, then rain, then storms, then warm temperatures, and the list goes on. All but one Aussie commercial ski resort has also closed early for the season, with Perisher closing off the resort season for all Aussies this Monday.

Across the ditch, some Canterbury club fields in New Zealand have already closed early while a season ending storm arrived in the Southern Lakes yesterday placing Queenstown CBD in a State of Emergency. The town is experiencing brutal weather conditions, flooding and evacuation and the State of Emergency is currently in place for 7 days.


Queenstown is also on a “boil water” alert with a cryptosporidium outbreak in the town prior to the storm event.

The Remarkables ski field received 20cms of snow from the storm, after a full day of rain, but are unable to open due to the State of Emergency request to avoid any unnecessary travel.

Meanwhile, Queenstown locals’ resort, Coronet Peak is the first of the Southern Lakes resorts to go down for the season, announcing their winter closure today on social media after the resort received more rain than snow due to elevation.

“We are very sad to end our 2023 season this way but we can now reflect and appreciate the season that we have had. Thank you to everyone who has visited Coronet Peak over the past 4 months, we hope that you enjoyed yourself and made many memories! We look forward to seeing you in the coming months on our mountain bike trails over summer or for the 2024 winter season! Queenstown, during this time we hope you stay safe and as a community we always come together.”


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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.