New Zealand is far and away our favourite ski destination. It’s cheap, it’s convenient, and the powder is pretty much guaranteed to change your life. If, like us, you’re planning to duck over the pond for some on the ski slopes, here’s everything you need to know:
When does the 2017 New Zealand ski season open?
The Remarkables – Saturday 10 June
Mt. Hutt – Friday 09 June
Coronet Peak – Saturday 17 June
If you’ve been skiing in NZ before, you’ll have a pretty good what to expect. But this year there are a few welcome additions you might want to check out.
THE REMARKABLES, QUEENSTOWN
Double Conveyor Life on Learner Slopes
The Remarkables ski field in Queenstown will enclose its existing double conveyor lift on the learner’s slope with a Slinky-style transparent tube enhancing the learner experience over the magic carpet area. Guests that are travelling up to the top of slope will be sheltered from the weather without missing out on watching some of the fun of learners sliding down the slope outside. As a first of its kind in New Zealand, the cover will be assembled and ready to go by the planned opening date for The Remarkables of June 10.
Expanded Skiable Terrain
With return transport provided for Outward Bound skiers/riders, and the base building removed, The Remarkables accessible terrain has gone up from 265.5 to 385 hectares.
Additional snowmaking guns have been installed at The Remarkables’ Curvey Basin Trail, covering extensive runs accessed by the new chairlift installed last season.
CORONET PEAK, QUEENSTOWN
Introduction of mid week night skiing in July
During the month of July, Coronet Peak is adding an extra night of the week to its ever popular Friday and Saturday night skiing experience with the addition of a midweek inclusion on Wednesday evenings.
Night skiers will also be able to enjoy two new additions to the floodlit trails. Running off the side of the M1 trail Duncan’s Dance, a rolling terraced run, and the Pro Am run alongside the lower Coronet Express will be lit up for 2017 night skiing adding to the many runs on offer.
Coronet Peak has added to its snowmaking capacity near the base of the mountain. Two guns – a mobile and boom fan gun – will improve snow cover at lift access.
Ice Bar relocation
The ever-popular on mountain Ice Bar is moving from the Greengates trail to beside the pump house steeps on the M1, making it more accessible for all levels of skiers and giving guests awesome photo opportunities of their Queenstown ski experience.
Extensive trail remodeling and new features
New terrain near The Meadows Express Chair will be a kids’ delight, as a kids fun zone complete with tunnel and bank turns is being created.
Extensive grooming and remodeling under the Coronet Express lift includes the afore-mentioned Duncan’s Dance, the widening of the steepest part of the M1, making it more intermediate-friendly. Duncan’s will now also have a short terrain park with intermediate hard features. Further down, the Pro Am run is being groomed into a more enjoyable intermediate run that holds snow coverage better. Both Duncan’s and Pro Am will be lit at night.
Expanded Skiable Terrain
An additional 21 new ha of skiable terrain has opened up at Mt Hutt as the boundary at the South West face has been extended.
Mt. Hutt has purchased and installed new automated guns at the upper mountain and modified the terrain to improve snow coverage on higher runs. The addition of a pisten bully winch groomer will help maintain snow across the mountain.
World Ski Awards
Mt. Hutt has won New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort for a consecutive year at the 5th annual World Ski Awards held in Austria. This global initiative recognises, rewards and celebrates excellence in ski tourism.
Visit nzski.com for more information.