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

Second Gondola Accesses World’s Highest Ski Area (24-May-11)

A new gondola has been installed at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in China...

A new gondola has been installed at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in China, the world’s highest
ski area. It’s the second gondola to be installed at the site by Leitner, who completed the original lift in 1999. The new gondola runs using the same support towers as the original lift up to its top station at 4506m. Unusually however the new cabins, which are eight passenger rather than the six passenger originals, runs below the old lift on a separate, lower cable. The old lift remains in service for occasional use when needed. It has 50% greater capacity than the old gondola – up from 800 to 1200 people per hour.

Originally Jade Dragon did not offer snow sports, but with the subsequent growth in popularity of skiing in China, a small surface lift was installed at the top of the gondola allowing people to ski at the top of the gondola. Ski writer Jimmy Petterson also skied down the mountain when researching his book, ‘Skiing Around The World’, but this is not encouraged by the Chinese authorities and Jimmy reports it is not possible to ski the full vertical anyway. The snow area at the top is known as ‘Glacier Park Yulong Snowy Mountain.’

As well as being the world’s highest ski area, Jade Dragon was previously the world’s highest gondola lift too. However in 2008 Doppelmayr built a higher gondola with eight passenger cabins which reaches 4,843m above sea level to access The Aba Great Glacier in Sichuan province, about six hours driving time from regional capital Chengdu, also in China. But there is not reported to be any snow sports here.

The former world’s-highest-ski-area at Chacaltaya in Bolivia (5221m), South America is reported to have been closed for several years after the previously permanent snowfield on which it was based melted away due to climate change.

 
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