Queenstown under the blanket

I heart Queenstown, especially when it’s under a blanket of snow.

Locals woke to find the fluffy stuff falling from the sky and a dusting of icing sugar lining the streets.

Is there anything better than when it snows in town?   Queenstown is a few hundred metres above sea level so it’s not a regular occurrence and with all those thrusting mountains bursting from the lake shores, it sure is purrty when it does.

Though when there’s snow on the ground in Queenstown it usually means that the Winterfestival is on it’s way with ten days of madcap mayhem and one hell of a bar bill.  It happens around this time every year, the snow and the festival combined sending the airport’s leer jet landing schedule into a frenzy.  The snow may melt from the streets but the madness of Queenstown’s apres scene remains for the rest of the season.  But that’s another story most of us can’t remember.

Today’s blog is celebrating the snowy streets of the alpine resort at lake level.   Resort webcams aside, the webcams on the Skyline gondola give a bird’s eye view of the snowy town below, though when we checked they were in a white out.  Queenstown airport’s webcams also offer various views of the surrounding vistas including lift off and take off.

Lisa Nilsen was walking the cobbled lanes of Queenstown Mall at 7.30am this  morning to take these happy snaps.

Before the masses descend.

Snow on the beach.  Sounds like a cocktail at the Bunker Bar.

Deserted streets.

Queenstown Frankton local, Fiona Woodham, sent us this sweet pic of her daughter Sophie Woodham ‘body surfing’ in the snow on Frankton reserve which is normally covered with grass.

Hot off the press is this image from Coronet Peak looking back across the Queenstown valley covered in snow.

It’s still snowing as we type and with Treble Cone opening a day early, tomorrow, and Cardrona following on Saturday it will be powder smiles all round.

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.

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