South Island ski update
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak will be the first ski area in Australasia to open, and thanks to natural snowfalls and cold temperatures is ready to welcome local and visiting skiers and boarders from Saturday 7 June.
Coronet Peak has been installing new lights to double the amount of terrain available for night skiing for the 2014 season. Also for skiers and riders who like to hit terrain parks, they have set up a new ‘Park after Dark’ freestyle run with boxes, rails, an airbag and giant bean bags.
A multi-million dollar chairlift development at Queenstown’s The Remarkables ski area is taking shape in a project described as “a major engineering feat”. The high-speed, six-seater chairlift is part of a substantial investment at the ski area which also includes road re-alignment, sealing of the lower access road, trail developments, expansion of the snow making system, and extended car parking. The Remarkables is scheduled to open on Saturday 21 June.
Cardrona Alpine Resort is developing a new terrain park. Earthworks are underway to develop a new intermediate freestyle ski and snowboard terrain park for the coming winter season. The new park will be Cardrona’s fourth and will include a ‘triple jump line’ with jumps ranging from 16ft (5m) to 32ft (10m) in length (lip to knuckle) and some additional rails and boxes. Cardrona is schedule to open on Friday 20 June.
Treble Cone is the closest ski field from the beautiful ski town of Wanaka. Located a scenic 35 minute drive along Lake Wanaka and approximately 90 minutes drive from Queenstown. Treble Cone is schedule to open on Thursday 26 June.
Canterbury’s Mt Hutt ski area has announced it will delay its opening, scheduled for tomorrow, due to warm temperatures and a poor weekend weather forecast. It will now open on Saturday 14 June.