Snow news – What’s new on the slopes

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Top dollar improvement

The brand spanking new $20 million base building includes a deck area that is more than triple the size it used to be.

The service area is also much bigger for ticketing rentals, snow school and storage. Rest your weary legs in the new west wing.

An expanded bar and restaurant area opens out onto a more sheltered and heated deck – no more slipping on an icy surface with your hot coffee.

Hitch or hike

If you drive up the hill on your own this season, you’ll find you have a long walk to the base building.

Single-only drivers arriving after 8.30am will be directed to the lower car park in an effort to reduce demand for car parking and help the environment.

Hitching posts will be set up on the outskirts of Queenstown and at the base of Coronet Peak.

Let it snow

A whopping 141 new snow guns have been installed across all main trails – taking the total up to 203 fully automated machines.

This means the M1, Big Easy and beginner areas can open within three days of continuous snowmaking.

If the temperature is low enough, all trails, including those on Rocky Gully, can be opened within 10 days of snowmaking.

FAST FACTS

Season: June 7 – Oct 5 2008
Night skiing: Every Friday and Saturday 4-9pm from end June.
Located: Coronet Peak Access Road,
off Malaghan Road
Travel time: 25min drive (18kms)
from Queenstown
Elevation: 1649m
Lifts: 1 high-speed six-seater, 1 express quad-chair, 1 double chair, 1 T-bar,
2 magic carpets
Terrain: Beginner 20 per cent Intermediate 45 per cent Advanced 35 per cent Average snowfall: 2m
(excluding snowmaking)
Season passes: Visit www.nzski.com
Cost: Adult $93, Student $70, Child $49