Electrician Wesley Sayer, of Queenstown, does some early morning testing of the new metal halide lights at Coronet Peak yesterday. Photo by Ross Copland.
Night skiing at Coronet Peak is to improve this year, with
twice the area under lights and the addition of new night
Work is under way to install about 80 new lights on the
mountain, which will add more than 4km of trails and double
the accessible terrain for Friday and Saturday nights.
Coronet Peak ski area manager Ross Copland said a new ''Park
after Dark'' freestyle run with boxes, rails and a giant air
bag was also being installed to cater for those who liked to
ski the terrain parks.
''Lights are going in to cover Million Dollar, Wall Street,
The Hurdle and Eighth Basin, while still lighting up the main
M1 trail and the beginners' area.
''We've modified our extensive snowmaking network to add some
large metal halide lights which give a higher light output
and more uniform coverage than we've ever had for night
Eighth Basin would comprise a series of freestyle features
and the Elephant Pit would host the freestyle air bag,
designed for riders to try out new tricks safely, and will
operate during night ski hours.
''A big focus of the design has been around safety and
ensuring we provide different routes down the mountain for
beginners, families and the pros.''
Other additions had been made to the base building, which
included the installation of two outdoor Italian wood-smoke
pizza ovens, new gas heaters, a new bar, ''mega video
screen'' and DJ station which would bring a ''high quality
audio-visual experience while skiers and boarders chill out
Coronet Peak is scheduled to open on June 7.