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

Free Skiing On St Joseph's Day In Switzerland (14-Mar-11)

St Josephs, Switzerland, March 14, 2011 - Forget St Patrick's day

Forget St Patrick’s Day next week, St Joseph’s Day (Josefstag), two days later on March 19th, is bigger in Switzerland and is an official holiday day in some parts of the country.

Bettmeralp ( is one of the ski resorts that celebrates this by offering a free day pass on the 19th to anyone called Joseph, or indeed in the interests of sex-equality, Josephine.  To qualify you need to arrive at the ticket office on the day with legitimate ID.

The St Joseph in question is the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus and was a father figure to Christ as he grew up, so it seems only right that his hard work be celebrated on Swiss ski slopes two thousand years later.

In addition families can all ski together for a total flat fee of 50 Swiss francs on the day while accompanying adults (if not a larger family) pay 20 Francs, or children 10 Francs.

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