If you’re short on time and big on runs, head straight to the South Island for skiing. The Remarkable range near Queenstown is well known for black diamond runs and backcountry bliss. The Coronet Peak ski field is only 20 minutes from Queenstown and offers high-speed lifts that take riders to serious snow action. Cadrona resort in Wanaka has a relaxed ambience and excellent terrain parks for all levels. Mount Hutt in Canterbury is the most family-friendly ski area; children under 10 get free accommodation, travel, and skiing. If you’re limited to the North Island, the best option is Whakapapa.