NZSki plans more work at Re­marks

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

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.

Pos­i­tive out­look:

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