Skiers hail Coronet’s second coming


More than 2200 people visited Coronet Peak’s slopes on Saturday, including about 600 for night skiing.

The Queenstown skifield’s staff, and boarders and skiers, will be hoping it is second time lucky.

It originally opened on June 11, but closed 12 days later after warm temperatures and rain stripped it of snow.

Boss Ross Copland told the Otago Daily Times the team had been working hard to ensure the mountain could open without any natural snowfall.

Snow-making was in full swing over the weekend to boost powder on the slopes and Copland says feedback from ski-bunnies had been good.

“We’d really good comments about the snow quality and ski conditions. It stayed nice and cold so the snow stayed really chalky all day. It’s been great to get it to this point.

“It is fantastic to be open again and it is good timing with the school holidays. It is looking promising with the snow forecast this week and that will take some of the pressure off.”

One keen skier was Queenstown Resort College chief executive Charlie Phillips. He was one of the first to arrive as a First Tracks pass holder and had completed three runs down the M1 trail before 8.30am.

“It’s fantastic to have the mountain open, and given the weather and circumstances, NZSki have done well to get it open. I am looking forward to winter and a lot of skiing. The conditions are good out there – nice and silky.”

Otago Daily Times