Remarks announces opening day


NZSki has confirmed The Remarkables base building is finished and the skifield is go, go, go for this Saturday.

The firm was forced to delay opening the Queenstown skifield by a week after atrocious weather dogged the $23 million build.

But it’s now ready to be unveiled. Skifield boss Ross Lawrence says there’s wall-to-wall snow and the entire mountain will be open.

“Not only do we have a brand new base building, with all services and our teams fully-cranked and raring to go, but conditions on the slopes are looking sensational.

“It’s going to be an epic opening day.”

The mountain is blanketed in snow with more than a metre on the upper half, and around 80cm at base.

More snow is forecast for tomorrow with clear weather anticipated for Saturday’s opening.

The striking building, designed by local architect Michael Wyatt, features space for 700 people seated inside and an additional 500 on the deck.

Over 100 additional carparks, at the 12km Homeward Turnaround point on the access road, have also been added following problems last year.

NZSki boss Paul Anderson says community and staff support has been fantastic through the delay.

The next project? Sealing the rest of the skifield road.