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Queenstown, New Zealand, known globally as the adventure capital of the world, is famous for its varied outdoor activities throughout the year. This ranges from old favorites like skiing and hiking as well as outdoor activities like paragliding, bungy jumping and white water rafting. The friendly people and breathtaking scenery make Queenstown a top destination for skiers all over the world. One down side to skiing in Queenstown is that visitor accommodations are far away from the ski hills.

That being said, transportation facilities from all major ski slopes to the center of Queenstown is superb. One of the largest reasons for the popularity of Queenstown as an adventure sports destination is the amount of activities available through the year. Fresh snow on the slopes between June and October makes Queenstown a highly appealing holiday destination for skiers, while fantastic skiing resorts with superb facilities keeping them coming back year after year.

The Remarkables , Coronet Peak and Cardrona are the largest hiking resorts in Queenstown. Both of these boast first-class amenities and accomodate skiers of all skill levels. A closer look at some of these facilities:

The Remarkables offers an array of skiing areas, which means there is a great skiing package for you regardless of your experience or ability. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert skier, you will find a trail to challenge you at the Remarkables. Experienced skiers can try their hand at the Homeward Bound run, a more challenging trail accessible with the Shadow Basin Chairs.

Coronet Peak is another favorite ski resort with quality amenities and a newly constructed base building. Thanks to Coronet Peak's network of fast ski lift system, you will have easy access to your choice of ski slopes. Open seven days a week from June until October,

Cardrona is one more massively popular Queenstown ski resort. It's Alpine style accommodation and great selection of on-site cafe's, restaurants and shops makes Cardrona a highly popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

A single trip is never enough to enjoy all the activities a Queenstown holiday has to offer. Whether you're looking to take part in extreme sports, skiing and snowboarding or simply taking in the sights, a trip to Queenstown is something that first time visitors will treasure and want to repeat again and again.

With both Ski and Board hire up on all of the mountains above there is no problem in renting skies or a snowboard for the day. But a little advice. If you have the time pick up your rental equipment from downtown Queenstown do it. As in certain weeks, typically school holidays, the mountains can run short of certain sizes of boots, skies or boards.

Source by Scott Souness