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Throwback to the '50s: Ready to race on straight skis at Coronet Peak

By LUCY WORMALD

Coronet Peak’s 75th anniversary programme’s putting locals at its heart.

Coronet Peak boss Nigel Kerr says the Queenstown community’s always been a huge part of the mountain, with locals accounting for a large part of its workforce and customers.

The festivities begin with a literal bang on August 17, with roots reggae band Katchafire, a night ski party and fireworks display.

The week-long celebrations include a retro straight-ski race, the return of the iconic ‘Dash For Cash’, a gala dinner, the Meadow Fresh Dog Derby, and alumni apres-ski function.

“Our goal is to bring our community together to celebrate something we all know and love,” Kerr says.

lucy.wormald@scene.co.nz