Switzerland

NZ gets course set for Alice

By TRACEY ROXBURGH New Zealand’s been chosen to set the course for a FIS World Cup giant slalom alpine ski race for the first time, thanks to Queenstowner Alice Robinson’s results over the past year. Robinson’s Cantabrian coach Chris Knight will...

Switching tack

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown ski racing star Alice Robinson changes course this weekend by competing in two World Cup super-G races in St Moritz, Switzerland. Alice, who turned 19 this week, principally races giant slalom (GS), and remarkably entered this northern...

Sleep, eat, ride, repeat

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown pro cyclist Reuben Thompson’s planning to hole up in Europe this northern winter and ‘‘train like a madman’’. After a breakout season last year, the 19-year-old’s now in Italy trying to make the most of a Covid-disrupted season,...

We have lift-off

By MATTHEW MCKEW IT’S finally ready. Two years after NZSki first pitched a multi-million dollar replacement Sugar Bowl chairlift, it’ll be cranking into action this morning. The project at The Remarks was hampered a few times, first when seeking approval from Department...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A company about to prefabricate timber buildings using world-leading German technology arose from a chance meeting between neighbours at Queenstown's Jack's Point. About three years ago, Tristan Franklin, who has a management/governance background, found out his new neighbour,...
By Hugh Collins NZSki's hopes of opening a new chairlift in time for the 2020 Queenstown ski season are looking more positive than ever. The company's worked with Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker on a government exemption to allow a specialist rope splicer...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown hotel has stayed open throughout the Covid-19 lockdown just to look after - for free - a treasured Belgian guest. Luce Wilsens, 89, has been staying at Kamana Lakehouse - formerly Aspen Hotel - for all...
How brave is Queenstown teenager Ruby Andrews? The plucky 15-year-old freeskier last week cast aside crutches to finish fifth in the halfpipe at the Winter Youth Olympics in Switzerland. Two days earlier she'd overshot a jump while training for the slopestyle...
A Belgian 89-year-old who's frequented Queenstown for 27 summers is overjoyed she's won a massive battle with Immigration New Zealand to prolong her latest visit. Immigration NZ has bent its rules to grant Luce Wilsens, whose plight featured in Mountain...
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