Hundreds of bargain hunters queue for snow gear


Hundreds of snow lovers lined up to nab a bargain at the annual Wakatipu Ski Club Sale today (Sunday).

Winton’s Raelene McConachie was queuing at Queenstown Events Centre from noon to get her two kids kitted out with second-hand or discounted ski gear before it got too jam-packed.

The sale started at 1.30pm and runs till 3pm – a week ahead of opening weekend at Coronet Peak.

“My sister lives here and she says it’s worth coming to,” the first-time sale attendee says.

“I’ve got a few relations down home, so if we see something cool, I’ll get it for them as well,” she adds.

Last year 1400 individual items were sold out of 3000 displayed.

Money raised from the popular sale goes towards the club’s ski and snowboard programme and sponsoring local winter sport achievers.

Last Friday Coronet Peak turned on its extensive snow-making set-up to get the hill prepped to open on June 4.

Coronet Peak needs at least 72 hours of continuous cold air temperatures and low humidity levels to make enough snow before next Saturday – it can pump out 24 tonnes across the mountain every minute.