One of the new snowguns and other upgrade equipment to be installed at the Remarkables skifield as part of its $45 million redevelopment. Photo by Ross Lawrence.
The biggest development at the Remarkables in its history has
continued through varied summer and autumn weather.
NZSki's Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence said while
the weather had mostly ''been kind to us'', recent snow at
the beginning of this month ''did slow things down for a
couple of days''.
''We had up to half a metre but when the sun came out it was
very warm and certainly [we have been] able to get back into
Yesterday was when contractors were expected to set up
equipment on the skifield's winding alpine access road to
begin tarsealing the bottom 4km.
The entire 13km will eventually be sealed but the bottom 4km
will be ready for this season.
Mr Lawrence said the sealing was for the benefit of the
customers and to make driving to the skifield less of a
The sealing is part of a $45 million investment which
includes a new chairlift, car parks, road realignment and
double the number of snowguns.
''It's a big step forward for the Remarkables with the
expansion that's going on there and it's a huge investment.
''We're always looking for opportunities to grow the market.
It's been promising out of Australia and it continues to be
and there's lots of opportunities to grow through that
market, so that's certainly what we're about.''
Contractors with specialty expertise in chairlift
installation are waiting for the concrete poured for the
bottom terminal of the new Curvey Basin six-seater chairlift
to mature ''before they can stand things up on it''.
''So it's going to be a little while before we see anything
At this stage the ''big emphasis'' was at the top of the
access road and creating more car parking.
''The progress generally is going pretty much to plan.''
Across NZSki this year there is a 56% return rate. At the
start of this month applications opened for new staff.
Over at Coronet Peak double the amount of terrain under
lights will be available for night skiing this season.
''There's certainly an atmosphere to be created in night
skiing and it's a pretty unique experience so it's good to
see it starting it to grow,'' Mr Lawrence said.