Cardrona Alpine Resort

By TRACEY ROXBURGH All they need now is snow. Twenty-seven border exemptions have been granted for critical skifield workers in the Southern Lakes — with three pending — enabling skifields to open at 100% this season. In March the Ski Areas Association...

Bring on the party

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's back, baby. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal Queenstown’s biggest winter party is making a return this year — but it’s not a ‘Winter Festival’ as we know it. Last year’s planned four-day festival got put on ice due...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH As far as international competition debuts go, Queenstown’s Cool Wakushima’s is hard to beat. The 18-year-old snowboarder, who left Wakatipu High School last year, is in her first competition season overseas, and over the weekend picked up a...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...

The Obsidian

By TRACEY ROXBURGH ‘‘You get served lemons, you might as well make lemonade’’. They’re the words of Winter Games NZ boss Marty Toomey who’s exclusively revealed to Mountain Scene details of ‘The Obsidian’, the replacement event for the 2020 games, which...

Dead on arrival

By GUY WILLIAMS Not all arrivals are welcome at Queenstown Airport. For some, it's terminal. And the next time a rat, stoat, ferret or hedgehog makes a flying visit to the airport, it'll be taking its life in its paws. In an environmental...
Hotshot teen snowboarder Tiarn Collins is confident he'll make next year's Winter Olympics. And so the Queenstowner should be. He's currently ranked sixth in the Snowboard World Cup series for slopestyle. As long as the 17-year-old stays in the top 40 he'll...
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