News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Alpine Resorts Invest Over $25 Million On Improvements (18-May-08)

ASAA, Australia, May 18, 2008 - Mother Nature has been given some winter assistance in 2008

Mother Nature has been given some winter assistance in 2008. Summer activity in the Australian alpine resorts has vigorously focused on improving the chances that winter visitors will have good conditions for snow sport regardless of the risks associated with seasonal variability.

Australia’s 2.3 million (skier day) visitors will enjoy the fruits of a $25 million plus capital works program across Australia’s alpine resorts. At the top of the list is the installation of fully automated snowmaking systems which has involved the installation of 99 snowmaking guns and associated pipeworks capable of producing in an average season an additional 712 000 cubic metres of snow at a cost of $16.25m. This investment in the future certainty of snow has been augmented by the purchase of new grooming equipment, and further improvements in snow fencing and drainage, all of which improves the quality of the snow sliding surface for skiers and boarders.

Other capital works at the resorts include the installation of the first six seater chairlift to be installed in Australia and a new skier conveyor lift as well as investment in terrain park features in an effort to attract younger skiers and boarders to the thrill of Snowsports. Significant investment has also been made into upgrading ski rental and children’s facilities at some of the resorts and real estate development has also occurred with new lodge accommodation, shops and restaurants being built which adds to the enjoyment of guests who come to enjoy winter in Australia's Alpine Landscapes

“The Australian resorts continue to investigate, test and then implement the world’s best in alpine technology” said Andrew Ramsey, Executive Director of the Australian Ski Areas Association. “It is essential we stay up to date to strengthen winter alpine tourism which contributes $1.3 billion net to the national economy. These works will ensure Australia’s resorts stay well ahead of other southern hemisphere snow destinations.”

“If the northern hemisphere winter is an harbinger of the approaching 2008 winter south of the equator, it should be a bumper season, and the resorts have been busy to make this as certain as it can be.”

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