MEDIA RELEASE FROM CORONET PEAK AND THE REMARKABLES, QUEENSTOWN
5 July 2019. For immediate release
Queenstown ski fields Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are ready to welcome the annual influx of winter school holiday visitors thanks to advanced snowmaking technology.
Despite the weather conditions preventing much natural snowfall over the past couple of weeks, temperatures have been cold enough to produce a solid snow base with state-of-the-art snow guns.
The Remarkables had a 7cm natural snowfall on Thursday and, accompanied by its fleet of 97 snow guns, boasts a snow base of 80cm over 60% of the mountain.
“We’ve got typical mid-winter conditions up here at the moment,” says The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence. “The crisp, clear temperatures make for a great day up the slopes and our guests are commenting on how great the snow conditions are.”
Coronet Peak has 218 snow guns which have been working round the clock to produce a base of 40cm (on average) over 80% of the mountain.
“Our snow-making system is arguably the best in the southern hemisphere and we are able to produce extensive snow coverage from the top to the bottom of the mountain,” Coronet Peak ski area manager Nigel Kerr says. “One night of snowmaking can transform Coronet Peak completely. We pump out 18 tonnes of dry winter snow a minute and it’s looking brilliant up here.”
Kerr adds: “School holidays is always a great time for families to hit the slopes together and we’re looking forward to welcoming guests from around New Zealand, Australia and beyond – and of course Queenstown locals – at both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.”
Night skiing at Coronet Peak continues to be a huge drawcard for locals and visitors – and is expected to be popular with all ages over the school holidays. Corona Friday Night Skis are a great way to finish the working week, hit the slopes and enjoy a few beers at the base building. Sony Playstation Saturday Night Skis are all about family fun with the ‘hunt for the missing symbol’ taking place on snow – and a PS4 console and games to be won every Saturday night. New this season is the Ultimate Ears Wednesday Night Ski where guests can win one of five Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3s every Wednesday night.
For more information, please contact:
The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence
P: +64 27 555 6698
Coronet Peak ski area manager Nigel Kerr
P: +64 272 368553
About Coronet Peak
Coronet Peak, located in the adventure capital of Queenstown, is New Zealand’s home of skiing. It is NZ’s first commercial ski field and a pioneer of snow-making and night skiing. This is Queenstown’s playground – at only 20 minutes from downtown Queenstown, guests get freshly-groomed trails at First Tracks from 8am right through to Night Skiing – a Queenstown must do – on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays until 9pm. Coronet Peak has 280ha of skiable terrain, a 1649m elevation with a 462m vertical drop, and extensive state-of-the-art snow-making – the largest in the Southern Hemisphere – to top up snow. In 2019, summer operations will launch sightseeing, guided hikes and mountain biking trail lift access. It is a member of NZSki, alongside The Remarkables and Mt Hutt, which regularly invests in technology, snow-making and trail development, and which is a platinum partner of The Kea Conservation Trust. Coronet Peak is on the IKON Pass, the global multi-resort snow pass.
About The Remarkables
The famous Remarkables mountain range, located in the adventure capital of Queenstown in New Zealand, is where you’ll find your freedom. Three sun-drenched, north-facing snow-filled bowls, three terrain parks including The Burton Stash, plus heaps of off-piste black runs and wide open learner slopes makes The Remarkables a welcoming, adventurous ski field. This is also the home of The North Face Frontier – a Freeride World Qualifier event, and a number of progression programmes. The Remarkables has 385 ha of skiable terrain, a 1943m elevation with a 468m vertical drop, and extensive state of the art snow-making to top up snow. In 2019, new trail development will include a new high-speed six seater chairlift taking guests to the parks and all-ability terrain. It is a member of NZSki, alongside Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt, which regularly invests in technology, snow-making and trail development, and which is a platinum partner of The Kea Conservation Trust. The Remarkables is also on the IKON Pass, the global multi-resort snow pass.