Flaming start to night skiing


Coronet Peak’s opening of night skiing will go up in flames this year.

As part of Winter Festival the skifield boss, Ross Copland, and his crew are planning to send snow talent through a burning ring of fire.

Copland says the ring’s a large steel structure with a special “wrap” soaked in kerosene and lit.

“It’s a high skill high risk type jump,” he says.

They have even found an expert skier crazy enough to give it a crack – but they’re on the hunt for more.

Queenstowner Adie Lawrence says: “I’m always up for a challenge so this should be a good one.”

The 21-year-old reckons there is always a risk in skiing and she’s not too worried about the flames.

Copland says that anyone who is willing to give it a go needs to be an expert at skiing.

With her sights set on the NZSki team Lawrence falls into that category.

Earlier in the year the skier spent three months in Colorado and Europe competing in slopestyle events.

Copland says the ring is about 4.5m in diameter.

The opening starts at 4pm, July 1 – a ski pass is needed if you want to hit the slopes.

A DJ will be on site with the bar and restaurant open until 9pm.

After the events up the hill including the ring of fire and a bob sled race – all the over 18-year-olds can head to a boat party on the lake.

DJ P-Money will hit up Southern Discoveries’ Spirit of Queenstown at 10pm to rock the boat.

The Aucklander’s looking forward to playing his first floating gig.

“It’s kinda fun sometimes to have a small crowd it’s a bit more intimate and you can create a nice vibe.”

Tickets on sale for $39.

American Express Queenstown Winter Festival runs from June 24 to July 3.