Sizing up the slopes


Getting school groups through the rental departments at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables is now going to be a whole lot easier. 

NZSki staff have been measuring heights, weights and shoe sizes of local pupils who’ll be using rental equipment and entering them into the computerised MyPass database. 

When students arrive on the mountain, the rental department will use the information on their passes to make sure they get the right equipment much quicker than usual. 

So far NZSki has visited five local primary and high schools, entering more than 1000 names into the database. 

Queenstown Primary principal John Western says the initiative will help everything on the mountain run smoother for the kids. 

“It increases the time that the children have on the mountain to ski,” says Western. 

“It takes some of the pressure out of the first day in particular.” 

Having pre-loaded information will help everyone involved, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski school boss Michel Marchand says. 

“The quicker they go through rentals, the quicker they’re in the ski school, the less bored they are,” Marchand says. 

“It’s better for the teachers, it’s better for us, it’s better for everyone.”