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

Snow Hunter’s World Weekly Snow News (28-Jul-08)

Snow Hunter's World Weekly Snow News, July 28, 2008 - A collection of articles from across the world

Latest Global Warming Report Gloomy For Colorado Snow Sports

A report by the Denver-based National Conference of State Legislatures in conjunction with Maryland University has noted that Colorado’s climate has been growing warmer for 50 years, especially in the mountains. In common with other mountainous areas around the world it reports that temperatures in the Rockies are rising faster than for the US as a whole.

Although the report, entitled “The  State Economic and Environmental Costs of Climate Change,” says that precipitation is increasing, it believes more of this is falling as rain rather than snow, reducing the build up of snowpack and shortening the ski season.  The worse case scenario is for average temperatures to rise by another six degrees by 2100.

On the downside this would shorten the ski season, on average, by about a month.  On the upside resorts could offer more for summer visitors escaping city heat.

The report can be downloaded at www.ncsl.org/print/environ/ClimatechangeCO.pdf

New Zealand Ski Area Abandoned as 200 KPH Winds Hit 

Mt Ruapehu, which is sometimes affected by seismic activity, was hit by a new natural challenge at the weekend when extreme weather including reported 200kmh (125 mph) winds on Saturday leading to a 12-hour long evacuation.

Ten thousand skiers were at the jointly owned Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields on Turoa when the wild weather struck mid-morning, and about 8,000 left straight away as a result. However about 2,000 stayed on the slopes to do battle with the elements. At one point skiers were reported to being forming human chains to guide themselves off the mountain and cars were escorted from the area in groups of half-a-dozen, although a large number were left at the area overnight.

"I don't think anyone could have predicted how quickly the weather was going to come in. One minute it was beautiful, thousands of people were having a lovely time, then bang and it was not quite so lovely. "I expected it to worsen gradually throughout the afternoon, but this came in very fast. Normally you know when a storm is coming, but there was no warning.” resort spokesman Mike Smith told local media.

Gastein Snowpark Upgrades

Last winter the Gastein valley, one of Austria’s largest ski areas, finally got the terrain park it had lacked for a long time. It is located on the Stubnerkogel near the Stubnermulde and can be reached from Bad Gastein as well as from Angertal valley by a single lift. The entire Stubner hollow, is signposted as a snowpark area and, with the Burgstall lift, the park has a perfect lift connection. Immediately at the lower end of the snowpark is the gentle Stubner alm.

Up to now the whole park set-up is geared more to beginners and intermediate riders than experts and the size of the kickers is in line with this concept. However Gastein Snowpark is currently undergoing  further development for the coming winter season and will increase in size and provide an even better snow guarantee. During this expansion several pro-obstacles will also be integrated in the list of elements.

For the conversion Gasteiner Bergbahnen AG has commissioned experts who have built and run several excellent snowparks such as Intersport NovaPark in the Silvretta Nova or Burton Superpark on the Dachstein glacier.

 
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