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

Sales Up As Californian Resort Bucks Trends (23-Apr-09)

Mountain High, California, April 23, 2009 - Californian resort Mountain High has bucked the credit crunch

Californian resort Mountain High has bucked the credit crunch trend and announced increased business for the 12th successive year, partially crediting local skiers axing destination trips and skiing locally for its success.

Mountain High saw ticket reservations reach an all time high and private lessons grew another 8% over a 31% jump the previous year, leading resort officials to conclude that avid skiers and snowboarders will participate even in poor economic times.

Said Mountain High President and CEO, Karl Kapuscinski, “Of the 12 years I have been at Mountain High, this is the one I am most proud of. With all the external challenges, the team here did an unbelievable job.”

The resort opened on December 6th, nearly a month late and without a single drop of natural snow. Snowmaking improvements paid off though and, once the temperature dropped, the resort was quickly up and running with the region’s first top-to-bottom trails and a budding terrain park. Winter storms arrived shortly thereafter, leaving four feet of natural snow and catapulting Mountain High to full operation just prior to the all-important Christmas holiday.

The combination of pent up demand and waist-deep powder generated a huge increase in visits and departments across the board experienced record yields for the month. Areas such as Food & Beverage which were recently expanded ended up six percent for the year.

“It wasn’t uncommon for guests to spend $800 to $900 over a 3-day weekend which, to most consumers, sounds like a lot of money but for a family of four who traditionally spends thousands on a week-long trip out of state, it was a bargain. In addition to its “Ride Closer” marketing campaign, Mountain High accentuated the on-hill experience with increased snowmaking, its famed terrain park, and a new customer service department to impress guests with daily goodies and personal attention.” Said a company statement.

Tubing attendance was up nearly 10% and season pass sales complete the "stay local" picture with a whopping 20% increase over last year.

Mountain High's operators are now looking to further enhance their facilities and more than $1 million has been set aside for capital improvements.

 
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