Coronet Peak

2020 Peak to Peak plug pulled

By GUY WILLIAMS Covid's kiboshed the Peak to Peak. The multisport race’s organisers have cancelled it with ‘‘great regret’’ as a result of the government’s announcement on Monday that Covid alert levels would remain unchanged for another week, media manager Margo Berryman says. Originally...

‘Beating heart’ underway

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a major milestone for Queenstown’s first retirement village, mayoress Karen Boult this week turned the first sod on a grand $12 million clubhouse. Queenstown Country Club (QCC) owner Arvida — which bought the Ladies Mile ‘community’, as...

Mountain Turk dream realised

By GUY WILLIAMS After three years of dreaming, wrestling red tape and hard graft, an Arrowtown adventurer’s vision of a ski touring route from Coronet Peak to Treble Cone has been realised. Erik Bradshaw and a team of 15 people and three...

Young tyro Peak to Peakers

By PHILIP CHANDLER and TRACEY ROXBURGH Meet Arrowtown School’s good sports. For the first time a team from the primary school’s entering Queenstown’s iconic Peak to Peak — running, hopefully, on September 19, Covid-19 restrictions permitting. The Year 8 pupils tackling the multisport...
Queenstown professional freeskier Pete Oswald’s putting his body on the line for a lofty goal of getting thousands of trees planted in Madagascar. He tells GUY WILLIAMS about a fundraising project that’s helping to save the world and a...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH An Arrowtown pastor’s set himself a target of being back on the slopes at 100% next season after a ‘‘freak accident’’ at Coronet Peak on July 25 left him with two large metal rods in his hip...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's Coronet Peak received a freak snowfall last Friday. Three centimetres of snow, almost down to Skippers Saddle, was apparently formed by the skifield’s snow guns seeding low-lying fog. Coronet Peak boss Nigel Kerr says he witnessed the snowfall while...

Government handout rejected

By MATTHEW MCKEW NZSki's said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to the government after being offered just $500,000 of the $2.7 million it asked for. Chief executive Paul Anderson says the company behind Coronet Peak, The Remarks and Mt Hutt’s ‘‘grateful’’ but ‘‘respectfully declined’’...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Covid-19 border restrictions mean Queenstown's highly-regarded ski programme's taken on a new look this season. Usually, several Queenstown Alpine Ski Team (QAST) coaches, including its top coach, are foreigners, but this year Kiwis will fill the four full-time...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A bit like the winter multisport race itself, entries are coming in fast and furious for this September's Peak to Peak. Earlybird entries for the long-time Queenstown event - in which competitors can ski or board, cycle, kayak,...
At 13 years old, I watched with excitement as the AJ Hackett crew tested their bungees outside our house on Thompson Street. They tied cables to a power pole and a ute, and accelerated. I remember getting weighed in a creaky...

Heading for the hills

By GUY WILLIAMS A project to put five huts in the mountains between Coronet Peak and Treble Cone skifields has emerged from Covid-19 hibernation. Mountain Turk Club founder Erik Bradshaw says the final touches to the four-bunk 'Turk huts' - built using...
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