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

JSD’s Lodge Officially Opened (29-Jun-08)

Coronet Peak, NZ, June 29, 2008 - Coronet Peak’s brand new base building

Coronet Peak’s brand new base building, dubbed JSD’s Lodge by NZSki board and staff, was officially opened at a special luncheon ceremony at the mountain resort yesterday.

Declaring the building officially open, NZSki Ltd Chairman John Davies thanked all those involved in the effort and said the building was a result of the board’s simple philosophy – to “get the product right.” Mr Davies particularly commended architect Michael Wyatt for meeting all requirements of the brief.”

“He understood our objectives – a sense of arrival, an easy flow and beauty.”

Two plaques were unveiled at the event; the first declared the building formally open while the second, presented by NZSki board member Graham Smolenski detailed the informal name of the building and acknowledged Mr Davies’ determination.

“John drove this project,” said Mr Smolenski.  “It’s here because of his tenacity and vision…by the managers and directors, this building is known as JSD’s Lodge.”

Detailing the history of Coronet Peak and its subsequent relationship to the growth of Queenstown from a one season (summer) resort to two season and eventually four season resort, NZSki CEO James Coddington described the 7 month and 7 day building effort as a “Herculean community collaboration.”

Mr Coddington acknowledged the group of shareholders, local families, who instigated the 2002 buyout of New Zealand’s three premier ski areas Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt.

“These people have invested upwards of $70m.  They have transformed Mt Hutt, now Coronet Peak and soon The Remarkables will have its day.”

The $30 million Coronet Peak project included the installation of a world leading snowmaking system which Mr Coddington said would future proof the business.

“We have made a massive commitment to Queenstown.  We also understand our responsibility to the community.  We are as close as we can get to future proofing not only NZSki’s business, but Queenstown’s business and New Zealand’s business as a winter destination.”

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