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

Armani snow guns arrive at Coronet Peak (01-Apr-08)

CORONET PEAK, NZ, April 2, 2008 - The first shipment of 141 fixed position TechnoAlpin snow guns arrived at Coronet Peak today..

CORONET PEAK, NZ, April 2, 2008 - The first shipment of 141 fixed position TechnoAlpin snow guns arrived at Coronet Peak today (Wednesday) ready for installment by helicopter from Friday this week.

The new snow guns will bring Coronet Peak’s total to 203 fully automated snow guns.

As part of Coronet Peak’s $30 million redevelopment, the snow guns will deliver snow across all trails and help produce a system believed to be one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated.

NZSki Ltd CEO James Coddington says that once complete, snowmaking at Coronet Peak will be the “closest thing you can get to guaranteeing the Snowsports season.”

“The result will be more skiable terrain from opening day and vastly improved skiing and riding surfaces throughout the season. This is a massive snowmaking system which allows for every possible snowmaking window to be maximised. It will drastically increase our current snowmaking capacity.

We believe the scale of the project, along with the redevelopment of the resort’s base area, will position Coronet Peak amongst the world’s top mountain resorts.

Mr Coddington says that visitors to Coronet Peak will be offered an exponentially improved experience this year from their arrival at the magnificent new base building through a customer-friendly traffic management system and onto the blanket of ‘Armani’ snow across all main trails.

“The snowmaking project is part of the most significant development package undertaken by the ski area since its inception in 1947,” he says.

The snow guns have been ordered from TechnoAlpin and the Italian company says it is the biggest order it has ever had - possibly the largest in the world.

The project provides for two new reservoirs and pump houses as well as the installation of the snow guns. The reservoirs will more than double the water storage capacity from 80 million litres to 175 million, with a total of 380,000 million litres of water available over the season – 95% recycled through the catchment scheme.

“The system is designed so that the central core of the mountain – the M1, Big Easy and beginner areas – can be opened within three days of continuous snowmaking conditions. Under optimum conditions, all trails including those on Rocky Gully and Greengates could be opened within 10 days.”

The snowmaking project, together with a multi-million dollar base building redevelopment will be completed in time for the 2008 winter snow season.

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