Coronet opens for sea­son

Central Otago Mirror - - CLYDE BUSINESS HUB - STAFF RE­PORTER

Thou­sands took to the slopes as Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski field opened to the pub­lic.

More than 1000 pun­ters were on the slopes by lunchtime on Satur­day.

Coronet Peak Ski Area man­ager Nigel Kerr said it had been a ‘‘re­ally good start’’ to the sea­son.

There was a ‘‘big turn out’’ which built through­out the day, Kerr said.

‘‘It [was] great to see so many lo­cals here. I recog­nised plenty of the peo­ple head­ing up on the chair.’’

NZSki staff - about 900 across both Coronet Peak and The Re­mark­ables - were set­tling in for a ‘‘great’’ sea­son, he said.

Last year Coronet Peak opened on June 11 only to close due to a lack of snow be­fore re­open­ing about two weeks later.

The Re­mark­ables and Cardrona ski fields opened on June 10.

Cardrona’s open­ing day in­cluded the launch of the new $10 mil­lion Mc­Dougall’s Ex­press Chon­dola.

All Queenstown-Wanaka ski fields had a snow base of be­tween 15cm and 60cm and MetSer­vice was fore­cast­ing pos­si­ble snow to 1200 me­tres on Sun­day, Mon­day and Thurs­day this week.

CORONET PEAK

Kobe Thurston, 5, Mila Thurston, 3, and dad Sam Thurston, of Queenstown, on the learner’s slope on Satur­day.

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