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Skiing New Zealand, by the Numbers

New Zealand. Home of hobbits, Flight of the Conchords and, of course, great summertime skiing. Here, four of the country’s best resorts, analyzed strictly by the numbers.

Coronet Peak Ski Field

Coronet Peak Ski Field

Distance from Queenstown by car: 20 minutes
Elevation: 5,410 feet
Number of lifts: 6
Number of six-man lifts: 1
Length of M-1 Big Easy, the longest run: 7,874 feet
Saturday nights you’ll spend imbibing spiked mulled cider at Coronet Brasserie: at least 2

Mt. Hutt Ski Field

Mt. Hutt Ski Field

Distance from Christchurch by car: 60 minutes
Elevation: 6,843 feet
Lifts: 4
Length of Homeward Run, the longest run: 6,561 feet
Chance you’ll enjoy a few off-piste heli-skiing runs: 97%
Photos you’ll take posing with the human-sized chess pieces in Christchurch: 0 (okay, 1)

The Remarkables Ski Field

The Remarkables Ski Field

Distance from Queenstown by car: 45 minutes
Elevation: 6,374 feet
Skiable acres: 4
Lifts: 5
Length of Homeward Run, also the name of the longest run here: 4,921 feet
Après-ski whiskeys you’ll require at Skybar in Queenstown: 3 (approx.)

Cardrona Ski Field

Cardrona Ski Field

Distance from Wanaka by car: 35 minutes
Elevation: 6,066 feet
Skiable acres: 2
Lifts: 7
Length of the Heavy Metal, the longest run: 5,905 feet
Beers also named Cardrona: 1

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