NZSki lays on extra transport for getting up slopes

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Southern snowfield giant NZSki is making it easier for snow lovers to catch a ride up Queenstown’s slopes this season.

The Queenstown-based company has added three new custom-designed 4WD buses to its Snowline fleet – now nine buses – to ferry punters to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak ski fields.

They leave every 20 minutes from 8am outside the Snow Centre on Duke Street.

A door-to-door service called Snowline Hotel Pick-up is also being launched this season, with a coach picking up pre-booked snow revellers from accommodation and dropping them on both mountains.

Specifically designed with families or new-comers in mind, NZSki hope it will take the hassle out of hiring a cars and having to use chains.

NZSki transport boss Etienne Raubenheimer say the affordable transport service is key to minimising mountain road traffic.

“The emphasis is very much on safety, both in the safe delivery of people to the ski areas and in recognising that many of our visitors are not used to unsealed or alpine roads and winter conditions.

“The Snowline Express is an unbeatable return trip costing just $5 for The Remarkables and $12 for Coronet Peak and operating daily throughout the ski season, picking up at designated bus stops en route,” Raubenheimer says.

Riders can get their first taste of snow from June 4 – next Saturday – when Coronet Peak opens for the winter. The Remarkables are scheduled to get the lifts running from June 18.