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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).

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Locals Out In Force For Coronet Peak's Opening (08-Jun-09)

Coronet Peak, New Zealand, June 8, 2009 - It was a true locals' celebration for Saturday's opening of Coronet Peak

It was a true locals’ celebration for Saturdays opening of Coronet Peak with Queenstowners flocking to their favourite mountain for exceptional opening day snow conditions.

Favourable cold weather, consistent snowfalls and plenty of snowmaking opportunities resulted in superb snow conditions for the opening, the best in many years according to Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie.

“It’s a long time since we had this sort of cover on opening day.  It was an absolutely awesome day. We had good numbers of people, great snow and great feedback about the conditions, the service and the experience. It was a very social day with people catching up with friends and having a ball. We were delighted to be able to open the Greengates Express Six Seater as well as the Coronet Express Quad, the Meadows Double and surface lifts in the learners’ area. It was just great to see long time locals back on the hill, many of whom we’ve welcomed on opening day for 25 years or more.”

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The Lindauer team poured bubbles for the first comers and there was a plenty of competition for first-on-the-chair honours – this year won by a group of locals who camped overnight, beating a tardy second group which turned up about 4.30am.

Mr McCrostie says Coronet Peak is well set up for the 09 winter season with an upper mountain average snow base of 80cm, lower mountain average of 50cm and a good snow year forecast. 

“The mountain is covered, our crew are all on board and we’re absolutely ready to enjoy the season. We’re looking forward to another great day tomorrow.”

New this year at Coronet Peak are expansions to snowmaking capacity with the addition of a new water reservoir and new pumps, two new snow groomers for the modern groomer fleet and an upgraded children’s area with a new Sun Kid conveyor lift.

People heading to Coronet Peak this season can enjoy affordable transport to/from the mountain. Return transport from the Queenstown Snow Centre and selected Queenstown accommodation providers to the base building will be available for only $10 per person per day.

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