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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

Environmental Group Reports One Of World’s Highest Ski Areas Threatened By Garbage (20-Jul-09)

Gulmarg in India, the world’s highest major ski area, is facing a “tough battle”

Gulmarg in India, the world’s highest major ski area, is facing a “tough battle” in dealing with non-biodegradable waste such as disgarded plastic water bottles and packaging material according to a report from environmental groups. The waste lies scattered beneath the route of the gondola, the world’s third highest, reaching around 4,000m.

 “Affarwat and its adjoining slopes have many hot-shot spots of very fragile bio-diversity and the hazardous waste is a direct threat to some of the rare medicinal and other plant species that grow here,” says environmentalist M.R.D Kundangar.

 “Hazardous elements released from this waste matter over a period of time directly effect the local ecology, with the result that soon we may lose many sensitive varieties of medicinal plants,”  Kundangar told local media.

The use of polythene bags is reported to be banned in Gulmarg, but the ban is not being enforced according to visitors.

Resort management, who blamed the build up of waste under the gondola on the separate lift operating company, are now reported to be considering banning plastic bottles too. An alternative plan will see visitors charged a deposit on plastic bottles taken up in the gondola which will be refunded if the bottles are brought back for disposal at the bottom of the lift.

There are no known plans to collect and remove the waste that has so far accumulated on the mountainside.

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