ARMED AND READY
MORE than $NZ30 million ($24.6 million) has been pumped into improvements at Coronet Peak for the coming season. Snowmaking has been vastly improved with the installation of an extra 148 fixed snow guns, bringing the total to 203. The newcomers will be positioned on all main trails such as the M1, Big Easy and beginner areas. Two additional reservoirs will help provide the water. There’s also a new base building for the 2008 season, with increased deck space and under-floor heating.
At the Remarkables, two magic carpet conveyors for beginners mean it’s goodbye to the hand tow. The Stash, a 1km avenue of terrain park features, will open in July. It’s claimed to be only the third of its kind in the world and the first in the southern hemisphere.
At Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, children aged six and under will receive free day lift passes, and over 75s will ski free. There are regular shuttles from Queenstown to the two resorts.
Mt Hutt has invested $250,000 in snowmaking, with an extra 23 guns, and its snow centre has been given a facelift.
Cardrona will welcome the arrival of a highspeed detachable quad chairlift. Most skiers visiting this resort, or nearby Treble Cone, stay at Wanaka, 34km away. There are shuttle buses from the town but it’s best to hire a car. Barry Oliver