Super-safe chairlift’s test run

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Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski field has given its new $5 million, super-safe chairlift a test run ahead of tomorrow’s opening. 

Ski area ambassador Les Brough officially declared the new Meadows Express four-seater ready for business today. 

The new chair can handle 2000 skiers and riders an hour. The old two-seater averaged 900 to 1000. 

Wakatipu youngsters took it for a whirl demonstrating the moving escalator loading people onto it and automatic safety bar. 

Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie says it will massively improve the experience for novice skiers and riders. 

“More lift capacity and more trail capacity has allowed us to exponentially improve the overall beginner and novice experience. We know that families in particular will be delighted with the new lift and trails.” 

Pimp my ride 

The state-of-the-art Meadows Express quad chairlift, aimed at novice skiers and riders, replaces the old Meadows lift and can move up to 2000 people an hour.

No more tickets 

NZSki introduces its fancy new “mypass” – using a radio frequency identification system instead of the old season tickets. It provides access to lifts, rentals, lessons, snow stats and is expected to “virtually eliminate” fraudulent use of passes.

New spread 

The base building’s cafe has a revamped menu. “It’s family-friendly, it’s healthier, it’s all pretty good,” ski area manager Hamish McCrostie says.

Easy access 

NZSki, with Connectabus, is introducing three Snow Line bus routes which take people from their accommodation to the Snow Centre on Shotover Street and up to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables.