Queenstown ski field’s million metre man strikes again

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Queenstown’s most prolific skier yesterday (Monday) hit one million vertical metres for the season at Coronet Peak. 

Retired lawyer Tomoyuki Imada, 61, from Japan, achieved the stunning milestone - equivalent to 1000km - over 2540 runs and 94 days, helped by NZSki’s decision to extend the season for an extra week.

His wife Kazumi Imada sits in second place, having skied more than 942,000m. 

Skifield owner NZSki shouted bubbly for the couple to celebrate Tomoyuki’s milestone – he thanked “the people of Queenstown”, some of whom call him ‘champion’ and ‘no.1’, for their support.

By reaching one million vertical metres, Tomoyuki notched up 272,429 more metres than last season. 

He tracks his progress daily using the MyPass electronic ticketing system that NZSki introduced last season. 

Tomoyuki has frequented Coronet since 1990 and nowadays he and Kazu, also 61, spend their entire winter in Queenstown. 

They also ski extensively in Japan and Canada. 

Last season, Tomoyuki also clocked the most vertical metres on Coronet Peak – a staggering 700km during 115 days.

Coronet Peak, which opened late on June 30 this year, closes this Sunday.