Queenstown skifield operator unveils 2015 season passes

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Queenstown-based NZSki has frozen the price of its early bird season pass covering all three of its skifields for the fourth year running – but lifted its Remarkables-only pass by $100.

The pass covering Queenstown’s Coronet Peak and The Remarkables and Canterbury’s Mt Hutt will again be $999 – with $699 for youths and seniors and $799 for students.

This three-skifield pass includes night skiing at Coronet Peak.

The Queenstown pass, covering Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and including Coronet Peak night skiing, will again be $899 – with $599 for youths and seniors and $699 for students.

The dearer Remarkables-only pass will be $699, with a $99 option to add Coronet Peak night skiing.

This higher price reflects NZSki’s $45 million investment on The Remarkables, which this year included the new six-seat Curvey Basin chairlift, road realignment, sealing of the lower access road, trail developments, expansion of the snowmaking system and extended carparking.

Work has also started on a new base building for the 2015 season.

NZSki CEO Paul Anderson says that while the company works hard to keep season pass price increases to a minimum, it needs to ensure it can continue to invest in improvements to its ski areas.

The new three-skifield, two-skifield and Remarkables-only early bird season passes represent savings on the full price of $500, $400 and $300, respectively.

Skiers and boarders buying season passes are also entitled to spread their payments over eight instalments provided the first instalment is made before November 18.

Early bird season passes went on sale yesterday (Thursday) and are available till March 19.

Passes are available online at http://www.nzski.com/products/2015/seasonPasses.jsp