By TRACEY ROXBURGH
Last week’s suspension of the trans-Tasman quarantine-free travel bubble’s had NZSki and
event organisers scrambling to rejig schedules.
Coronet Peak’s now reverted back to its original date for the free Shihad Night Ski Party, having last week decided to postpone it.
The show will now go ahead, as planned, tomorrow night.
The ski area last Thursday announced it had pushed Shihad to August 14 because Shihad and support act Bodyjar were based in Melbourne — the bubble pause came into effect at 11.59pm last Friday, and will be in place for at least eight weeks.
This week ski area manager Nigel Kerr announced Shihad, a Kiwi band, made the decision to come back to New Zealand ‘‘for an extended length of time’’ to fulfil business commitments.
‘‘‘We are stoked we could make this free night ski party work with the band’s plans for coming home and look forward to everyone joining us on Saturday.’’
Local acts The Cloobs and The Seaside Stranglers will now open instead of Bodyjar.
Meantime, Snow Machine, at Coronet and The Remarks, has been pushed back three weeks, now taking place from September 29 to October 2.
Snow Machine co-founder Quentin Nolan says that’s in part because many of the 5000 ticket-holders and artists are scheduled to come from across the ditch.
NZSki CEO Paul Anderson says to make sure festival-goers have an epic apres-ski experience in Queenstown, Coronet’s planning to extend its season by six days for the event, conditions dependent.