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

US Olympic Star Boarder Endorses Indoor Snow As Training Ground For World Class Athletes (01-Jun-11)

An American snowboarding pro and twice Olympic medalist..

An American snowboarding pro and twice Olympic medalist has credited indoor ski areas as having the potential to develop international standard snow sports athletes to world class.

Interviewed by The National newspaper in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Danny Kass, who won silver medals at two Winter Olympics, said that areas like Ski Dubai are the perfect training ground for young hopefuls. He said there was no reason why young UAE based athletes could not begin their international careers there.

"The snow is a lot better than I expected and it's the same park set-up here as most resorts in the US," Kass told the paper. "These are the same features you'd find anywhere ... it's actually quiet mind blowing."

Kass originates from New Jersey in the US where the country’s first indoor snow centre has been built as part of a multi-million pound development. However, ironically, there has been wide spread public and media scepticism in North America as to the viability of indoor snow centres.

The New Jersey centre was largely completed several years ago and snow made in it in 2009, but it has been unable to open due to financial issues facing the wider mall around it, largely due to global economic conditions. It is currently scheduled to open in 2013.

“It's really similar to some of the conditions I grew up snowboarding on in the US," said Kass. "There are a lot of small hills with just a few features and it’s just a similar feel in size."

Kass’s comments follow several notable successes for skiers and boarders who began their careers and/or carried out much of their training on indoor snow. These include Ghana’s first downhill ski racer Kwame ‘The Snow Leopard’ Nkrumah-Acheampong who first skied on the slopes of the Milton Keynes SNO!zone and competed for his country at the Vancouver Olympics and Dutch boarder Nicolien Sauerbreij who won gold at the Games after training in her country’s SnowWorld centres.
 
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