Queenstown night skiing suspended

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Night skiing sessions at Coronet Peak have been temporarily stopped as the unseasonably warm weather continues.

Bright sunshine and warm temperatures have left skifields and mountains around Queenstown relatively bare for July.

NZ Ski bosses have taken the decision to suspend Friday and Saturday night skiing from this weekend, July 20, so the slopes can be maintained for use in the day.

Coronet Peak manager Hamish McCrostie says: “Our priority is to ensure the trails on the ski areas are in the best possible condition for skiers and boarders during the day.

“At the moment with temperatures and conditions as they are, the best time for us to groom the ski area is during the night skiing timeframe.

“We know we will get much better groomed terrain if we groom between 4pm and 10pm. After 10pm the ground is freezing and we’re unable to achieve the best possible result.”

Conditions will be assessed on a weekly basis and night skiing operations will resume as soon as weather and snow conditions allow.

“We know how popular night skiing is among locals and visitors. We’ve not made this decision lightly and are committed to getting night skiing up and running again just as soon as conditions allow.”

McCrostie says Coronet Peak enjoyed a spectacular school holiday period and terrific season to date with a good snow base.

“Rest assure that every moment we can, as temperatures allow, we’ll have all snow guns blazing.”

Night skiing is usually available on Friday and Saturday nights at the ski area with extended opening hours until 9pm.

For up-to-date snow conditions and future information visit www.nzski.com.