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

Star Trek Ski Resort to Open in Romania (24-May-11)

A new ski area named ‘Star Trek Voineasa...

A new ski area named ‘Star Trek Voineasa’ (there doesn’t appear to be any direct connection to the famous sci fi franchise) is scheduled to open in Romania for winter 2011-12. The developers say it will be the most significant resort in the southern Carpathian mountains.

The new resort will initially comprise one two stage gondola, one quad chairlift and two ski lifts as well as full infrastructure (multi-storey car park, snow making, night skiing, restaurant, hotel etc) at a cost of 28 million Euros. Much of the ski slope infrastructure is being provided by the Italian –based manufacturer Leitner. It will be the largest ski area in the Southern Carpathians.

The two stage gondola will be 2.92km long, the longest in Romania, with a capacity of 2200 skiers per hour. It will carry 94 eight passenger cabins making the ascent in a little over eight minutes. Ski slopes will initially cover 4.8km of runs spread over 21 hectares of north facing slopes. The main Mioarele slope will be 3km long and floodlit for night skiing. Lifts will run between 1320m and 1975m.

The resort is being built by the Romanian Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism as part of their 80 Million euro “Ski the Carpathians” programme, backed by EC funding, which is seeing the dramatic upgrade of several Cold War era resorts as well as the development of new centres. The development mirrors that of Bulgaria over the past decade and as well as bringing in new international business, the Romanians hope it will encourage Romanians to ski at home rather than crossing the border. The plan is to expand the area in future.

The spending is due to continue in future years according to local sources. Another new project at Paring at Valcea described as ‘spectacular’ could see and 80 million Euro spend.

The Star Trek theme is also evident elsewhere in the country with a new gondola lift at the existing resort Sinaia last year named ‘Vulcan.’

 
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