NZSki plans more work at Remarks
Despite a tough year at its Mt Hutt field, NZSki is going ahead with further investment at its southern skifields around Queenstown.
The privately owned company has considered whether it is worth sealing the road to Mt Hutt. But its Remarkables field is the main priority for next year.
NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson said skier numbers visiting Mt Hutt would be down between 5-10 per cent from last year, with some Australians staying home and the depth of snow on the alpine field staying at a metre or less after ‘‘poor July’’ falls. High winds in July also had an impact on numbers.
This year the season started in early June and is due to finish in early October. Anderson said skier numbers to its fields at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables had been more
NZSki is going ahead with investment at The Remarkables despite a tough year. positive than Mt Hutt, and would finish the season about 5 per cent higher than the 2013 winter.
This was being helped by extra trans-Tasman airline services into Queenstown introduced this year.
This summer the company would continue with part two of a two-year $45 million investment plan centred around the Remarkables field, where the first four kilometres of road to the field had been sealed.
This year the company wanted to seal some of the remaining 9km, and from this month was starting to construct a $20m base building to offer skiers ticketing, rentals, restaurant and cafe, Anderson told the Christchurch Businessmen’s Club yesterday.
One audience member asked about sealing the Mt Hutt road. Anderson said such work was considered every year, but there would need to be an upturn in domestic skiers from Christchurch during weekdays.
Australian visitors had picked up on the lack of snow in June and at the same time there had been healthy falls on Australian fields.