Green MP to address public
Land intensification, water quality issues on agenda
Zealand’s Best Ski Resort last year at the inaugural World Ski Awards in Kitzbuhel Austria, was able to extend its open terrain yesterday, allowing access to the Hollywood Bowl.
‘It’s [the opening of the bowl] exciting for a lot of the locals. It’s one of our most popular expert-only areas.’’
With an overlap of New Zealand and Australian school holidays, both Treble Cone and Cardrona Alpine Resort have been bursting at the seams to cater for the large crowds.
Australia’s school holiday break would finish this weekend but New Zealand’s would continue until July 21.
‘‘The next two weeks are some of our busiest,’’ Noble said.
Cardrona Alpine Resort general manager Bridget Legnavsky said both Sunday and Monday attracted crowds of 4000 to the resort.
‘‘It’s all hands on deck . . . Everyone’s working.
‘‘This will be the busiest week. A lot of the families are here for the whole week,’’ she said.
On Monday the resort was able to open the Valley View chairlift, which helped ease chairlift queues and allowed more parking space.
‘‘It definitely takes some pressure off the top of the mountain,’’ she said.
This weekend includes an ice carving competition at Treble Cone before the resort kicks off kids’ week next week.
The Cardrona Kids Cup Slopestyle freestyle competition for kids aged 5 to 11 years will be held at Cardrona next Wednesday.
Young riders will show off their freestyle manoeuvres over table top jumps, boxes and rails and will be judged by a panel of three judges with scores based on variety, difficulty and execution.
Medals and prizes will be given to the top three skiers and snowboarders in each age division.
Metservice forecasts both resorts could expect some rain, wind and snow as well as fine conditions for the remainder of the week. Green PartyMP Eugenie Sage will be talking environment and conservation issues at a public meeting at Wanaka’s Presbyterian Community Church Centre tonight.
Sage campaigned in her first term in Parliament on big issues for Central Otago, including clean rivers, intensification of land use in the McKenzie basin, challenges faced by the Department Of Conservation and conservation estate, changes to the Resource Management Act and local government law reform.
Sage will speak on the key issues in her conservation, environment and local government portfolios, signposting water quality as the top environmental issue for New Zealanders.
Protecting rivers, lakes and aquifers by properly managing the risks associated with intensive agriculture and increased demand from irrigation, industry and urban use will be on the topic list. There will be plenty of time allowed for Sage to answer questions from the floor.
Two big snow events coming
Speed, jumps and almost vertical drops will be on the agenda for the world’s top freeskiers as the New Zealand Freeski Open and the Big Mountain competitions kick off next month.
The open, the biggest freeski competition in the Southern Hemisphere, will celebrate it 10th anniversary and Cardrona Alpine Resort will host the event between August 28 and 31. Big Mountain will take place between September 1 and 8.
Early bird: Wanaka heliski guide Katie Deans set to hit this slopes at Treble Cone ski area.
Green PartyMPEugenie Sage.