Queenstown’s council shells out for Snow Farm purchase bid

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Queenstown Lakes District Council today announced it will shell out $412,516 to become a co-owner of Cardrona’s Snow Farm. 

“Working with the Pisa Alpine Charitable Trust to secure the Snow Farm land would secure an outstanding public recreation reserve and bring recreational and economic benefits to the district,” QLDC community services boss Paul Wilson says. 

The Snow Farm was developed by John and Mary Lee, founders and subsequently sellers of the Cardrona Alpine Resort on the opposite side of the valley. 

After selling out of Cardrona, the Lees opened Snow Farm to specialise in Nordic cross-country skiing. 

The Snow Farm’s highest-profile fan, former prime minister Helen Clark, says she’s delighted to hear of QLDC’s backing. 

“I hope this vote of confidence by the council in the purchase of land at the Snow Farm for public recreation will inspire others to donate for this purpose,” Clark says in a press release. 

QLDC’s Wilson says once the Snow Farm is bought from the Lees, the land will be vested in the Queenstown Lakes district under the Reserves Act. 

The council will then enter into an operating lease with the Pisa Alpine Charitable Trust, Wilson says.