Ski nut clocks up 700km on Queenstown slopes


The most prolific skier on Queenstown slopes this season is revealed as a 60-year-old retired lawyer from Japan.
Tomo Imada loves Coronet Peak so much he’s clocked up a staggering 700 kilometres whizzing down the mountain this winter. 

He and wife Kazu – pictured up Coronet yesterday – have skied 115 days so far while in the resort and have no intention of stopping just yet. 

Kazu, also 60, racked up about 540km at Coronet this year – making her the third most prolific skier on local slopes. 

The couple today head to NZSki’s sister field The Remarkables for the remainder of the week, before it closes on Sunday. But Coronet, which shut yesterday, is Tomo’s preferred choice. 

“I love Coronet Peak,” he says. 

Tomo tracks his progress daily using the new Mypass electronic ticketing system introduced by NZSki this season – the exact distance he skied at Coronet was 707,579 downhill metres before yesterday. 

He’s frequented the resort’s slopes since 1990 and 10 years ago he extended the length of his yearly visits to three month-long stints. Queenstown’s just one stop on the Imadas’ ski itinerary – they literally chase the winter around the globe. 

The couple ski in Queenstown for three or four months before heading back to Japan for four weeks. 

They then jet to Whistler in Canada for six months and have another month or two on home soil before the whole circuit starts again.