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Queenstown ski racer Adam Barwood has won the men's Giant Slalom title at the New Zealand Alpine National Championships. Amongst a large field of international ski racers at Queenstown's Coronet Peak yesterday, Barwood was just 0.05 seconds behind NZ teammate...
The Wakatipu Ski Club will celebrate its 80th birthday next year in style after getting back in the black and encouraging membership in the right direction. Daisy Hudson talks to club treasurer Kris Vermeir about its exciting future. It's amazing...
One Ski in the Grave Club co-founder Les Brough has surrendered his second ski. The 90-year-old Queenstowner, who died earlier this month, was renowned as one of local ski area Coronet Peak's legends. He skied Coronet from when it opened in...
Thirty years have gone in a flash for a popular Queenstown ski shop co-owner. Paul Vaitkus, known as 'Haggis', and also 'Ski Wikipedia', discusses his love of skiing and ski retail with non-skier Philip Chandler For Paul Vaitkus – universally known as 'Haggis' –...
A Queenstown father is urging skiers to wear helmets after his son crashed on The Remarkables skifield last week. Paul Green said the protective head gear, which was pierced by a sharp rock, possibly saved his son’s life. Austin Green, described...
While most southern skifields surged with visitors yesterday, the Remarkables was struck by its third major power cut in five weeks. Cardrona reported its busiest day yet and Treble Cone its busiest in 22 years. Coronet Peak had to close its...

New ski coach aims high

Queenstown Alpine Ski Team's new head coach wants the ski club to become no less than the best in the southern hemisphere. Austrian Mario Hanausek rates the skills of QAST's younger alpine skiers and says some of the older ones...
One snow-mad Queenstown family went to extreme lengths to be first on the slopes at The Remarkables on Saturday. The Gaboda family arrived at 11.30pm on Friday determined to secure spots on the first chair of the season for the...
If Mother Nature doesn't play ball, NZSki will take matters into its own hands. The Remarkables, one of Queenstown's two skifields, opens on Saturday despite a dearth of natural snow. Boss Ross Lawrence is working on it. Speaking to Mountain Scene on...

Students ride free

A Queenstown snowboarder has organised a free ski day for every tertiary student in New Zealand. Diaries Downunder producer and presenter Nick Hyne wants Students Ride Free Day to become an annual event. On June 24, six of the South Island's...
Ask 11-year-old freeskier Harper Souness what he wants to learn this season and you'll get the somewhat surprising response "cork 7s". For the uninitiated, a cork-720 is an off-axis spin with two full rotations. The youngster hopes to compete in...

Meet Coronet Peak’s new boss

A local steeped in snowsports and tourism has been appointed to run Queenstown's Coronet Peak Ski Area. Nigel Kerr, who marketed rival Cardrona skifield for 21 years, takes over from Ross Copland, who's left to run the North Island's Turoa and...
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