While Coronet Peak maintained its tradition on Saturday
of being first to open in the Southern Lakes ski season, the
district's four other skifields are all scheduled to open this
The 2014 season gets under way for Cardrona Alpine Resort on
June 20 and will be the first season the skifield has had
operating under its new owner, Queenstown-based Real
Cardrona sales and marketing manager Nadia Ellis and
operations manager Gary Husband could not be reached for
However, Mr Husband recently said the main off-season project
for the skifield had been developing an ''intermediate jump
line'' in the terrain park.
Cross-country ski facility Snow Farm, on Pisa Range, and the
Remarkables ski area are both on track to open on June 21.
''We're still preparing for winter here. Definitely,''
Remarkables manager Ross Lawrence said yesterday.
''We're just signing off commissioning the chairlift. It will
be up and running and certified, and we're going through the
same process for snowmaking.''
Mr Lawrence expected snow-making would be in ''full swing in
the next day or two'' and would carry on until opening day.
NZSki had invested $45 million into the ski area during the
That included the new high-speed Curvey Basin chairlift,
which could carry up to 2400 people per hour on the 63
six-seater chairs, 28 new lance tower snowguns and sealing
4km of the access road, with plans for the entire 13km road
to be sealed.
Peter Soundy, a trustee on the Pisa Alpine Charitable Trust
which operates Snow Farm, said there was already good snow on
the trails, but another decent snowfall in the coming days
would be welcomed.
''We had at one stage at the end of May nearly two foot of
snow in places, but a lot of that disappeared.
''I think we're pretty confident, as long as we get one more
fall before the 21st, that we'll be opening on time.''
In the off-season, maintenance of snow fencing and
replacement of some retaining walls had been carried out at
The biggest news for the coming season was the addition of
New Zealand cross-country skier Andy Pohl as ski operations
manager, Mr Soundy said.
Treble Cone near Wanaka will be the last skifield in the
district to open, on June 26.
Marketing manager Nick Noble said snow-making started at
Treble Cone two weeks ago and snow-makers were now
''permanently on standby'' to swing into action whenever the
conditions were dry and cold enough.
He was confident there would be sufficient snowfall and
snow-making opportunities to stick to the planned opening
''Two and a-half weeks at this time of year is a long time so
anything could happen,'' Mr Noble said.
The Wanaka skifield's upgrades for the 2014 season include an
extension to the High Street intermediate trail and Jazz Kids
Fun Trail and two new $450,000 PistenBully 400 grooming