Queenstown skifields swap closing dates

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A Queenstown skifield is staying open one week longer than planned thanks to good spring conditions – while another closed a week early.

The Remarkables skifield will remain open until this Sunday, October 6. Coronet Peak closed on Sunday.

Skifield operator NZSki had originally planned the reverse but changed the dates last week.

The Remarkables has an upper mountain base of 100cm snow and 65cm on the lower slopes.

“The snow cover’s still so good up here in our alpine environment and weather conditions are currently fantastic, warm and sunny,” Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence says last week, when coverage was 125cm and 75cm.

“We’ve made the call to extend by a week which is great news for all our locals and visiting families over the New Zealand school holidays.

“All our main trails and all our terrain parks are still open and people are having loads of fun.”

NZSki general manager sales and marketing Craig Douglas says the decision to effectively switch around the closing dates of the two Queenstown mountains simply came down to snow conditions.

“Where possible we like to stick to our published closing dates to allow everyone to plan their season,” Douglas says.

“Unfortunately as is always the case with Mother Nature, we can’t predict exactly how the snow will fall.

“We’d hoped for another reasonable dump and some cold temperatures which would enable us to keep making snow and stick to Coronet’s scheduled closing, but that just hasn’t happened.

“We’re committed to offering our guests the best possible riding conditions at our ski areas and for the last week of the season, that will be at The Remarkables.”

For the remainder of the 2013 season NZSKi is offering people two days of recreational rental equipment free when they purchase two day lift passes.