Queenstown’s The Remarkables skifield opens at last today after substantial snowfalls and snowmaking this week.
Skiers and boarders will be able to ride the new Curvey Basin chair to the top of the ski area, opening up new trails and stunning views.
“I can only see thrills, exhilaration and a whole lot of excitement coming our way when people get to go for a ride on Curvey, check out what they can see from the top station and get their first runs on the new trail,” ski area manager Ross Lawrence says.
Timing couldn’t be better with Australian school holidays underway and the New Zealand school holidays starting this weekend, he says.
Other trails expected to open include the Alta Green trails, accessed by the Alta lift, Casterway, Gotham City and Lower Casterway trails in Sugar Bowl and the learners’ area accessed by the main West-side conveyor lift.
NZSki has also sealed the lower access road, created a new carpark and increased the learners’ area during the off-season.
It’s spent about $23 million on upgrading the ski area.
“The snow dances have worked, the snow has arrived and it’s all systems go,” Lawrence says.
“We can’t wait to get everyone up here.”
NZSki’s other Queenstown skifield, Coronet Peak, opened on June 8.