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

Cairngorm Sees Second Good Season In A Row (08-May-11)

For the second year in succession CairnGorm Mountain...

For the second year in succession CairnGorm Mountain above Aviemore in Northern Scotland has been able to report figures of over 120,000 skiing and snowboarding visitors. It is over 15 years since the resort had two seasons in succession with numbers over 120,000. The 2010-11 season started early, on 13 November 2010 following the fortuitous decision to undertake the annual funicular maintenance over several evenings in June rather than throughout the month of November. A total of 142 days of skiing resulted in 121,420 snowsports enthusiasts coming to the resort by the time the season closed on 25 April. Last year, in what by any account was an extraordinary season, the total was 145,007 spread over 147 days. This year 2276 people purchased season tickets, over 70% more than the previous year’s total of 1325. The number of days lost this year to high winds or blocked access was identical to the previous year at 23 days.

Commenting on the numbers, CairnGorm Mountain marketing executive Colin Kirkwood said:

“Following the heavy snowfalls we had in November, we started skiing earlier this season and had nearly twice as many skiers in November and December as the previous year. And although we have had an identical number of days lost to bad weather this year as last, many of the days we lost this season were in February and March when we might have expected to have had very large numbers of skiers (including several days over the February half term - traditionally our busiest time). Last year by contrast the majority of stormed off days were in December and January. The early heavy snowfall in many parts of the country helped to focus public attention on snow and heighten public awareness throughout the UK of the quality of skiing which can be enjoyed at Scotland’s five ski resorts.

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