Snow boost for Queenstown skifields


More snow’s on the way as the countdown to the ski season enters its final days.

Queenstown skifield Coronet Peak’s scheduled to open on Saturday, as is Cardrona Alpine Resort – boosted by big snowfall across the region on May 25.

MetService is predicting snow down to 900 metres on Wednesday and more snow about the hills on Thursday.

Meanwhile, The Remarkables manager Ross Lawrence is confident his field will open on June 20. 

“It certainly looks like being no problem at all to meet that,” he says .

“We’ve got around a 30cm base on all main trails, which is great.”

Contractors are working round the clock to finish The Remarkables’ new $20 million base building.

“It’s looking good,” Lawrence says.

“We’ve got the heating on now, we’ve got lighting all throughout so the guys are happy to go 24 hours a day.”

Whether it’ll be finished on time depends on the weather, he says. Two fine weeks and they’re home and hosed.

Lawrence: “We certainly will be open regardless of the position of the building because winter’s here and that’s what we’re all about.”

About $45 million has been piled into The Remarkables over the last two years, including the new Curvey Basin chairlift and sealing some of the access road.

The company’s also building a new 300-space carpark and bus turnaround about 1km from The Remarkables’ new base building – which will deal with parking issues which caused mayhem last winter.

Last month, NZSki’s chief executive Paul Anderson said if there is good snow and both its Queenstown mountains open on time “we would “.

The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off on June 19.