Light shone on night skiing


A decision on whether night skiing will start at Coronet Peak on Friday will probably be made tomorrow.

Queenstown Winter Festival director Lisa Buckingham says while festival organisers moved all other on-mountain events to the Remarkables over the weekend, night skiing couldn’t be relocated.

Coronet Peak is open for snow tubing and sightseeing but has been closed for skiing since last Thursday, leaving hundreds of NZSki staff on limited hours.

Coronet Peak manager Ross Copland says staff are on rotation, with some picking up shifts at The Remarkables, also managed by NZSki.

While he describes morale among employees as good, he says everyone is keeping their fingers crossed for a change in weather conditions.

There is a possibility snow guns could be fired on Thursday.

“But, it is totally weather-dependent and is hard to predict beyond a couple of days.

“We will keep re-evaluating it.”

Otago Daily Times