NZSKI

Strong performance for NZSki

After struggling through a season fraught with natural disasters, NZSki has reported a surprisingly strong performance, with high hopes for next year if its "stars and planets are aligned".

Food for 1000 goes down well

Food for 1000 goes down well

Hundreds of seasonal workers were treated to a free lunch by NZSki in Queenstown yesterday, culminating in the "world's biggest snow dance" which people desperate for an income hoped would result in a much needed snowfall last night.

Closed skifields leave 450 without income

Closed skifields leave 450 without income

"Frustrating" was the only word NZSki chief executive James Coddington could find yesterday to describe the complete lack of snow on skifields, which is now leaving 540 NZSki staff without income.

Forecast good for skifields

Forecasts of colder temperatures in the middle of next week are looking "very positive" for snowmaking, but it is too early to say when Coronet Peak and the Remarkables Ski Areas will open for business, NZSki chief executive James Coddington says.

Skifields held up by warm weather

Skifields held up by warm weather

The unseasonably warm weather which marked the 2011 autumn has continued into the first month of winter, frustrating Southern Lakes skifield operators as they gear up for the start of the 2011 season.

Warm weather affects snowmakers

Warm weather affects snowmakers

Warm weather this week means NZSki's plan to open Coronet Peak ski area on Saturday is in doubt.

Wakatipu Rugby Club questions ground use allocation

Wakatipu Rugby Club questions ground use allocation

A storm may be brewing over the Queenstown Recreation Ground before two Rugby World Cup teams use it for training later this year, less than a month after the Parklife Invitational snow event is held there.

NZSki tackles 'uncertain season'

NZSki tackles 'uncertain season'

NZSki unveiled a raft of improvements at the Coronet Peak and Remarkables ski areas to the Queenstown business community this week, but could not predict how the Christchurch earthquake and the Australian market would affect the winter season.

Chairlift wrongly arranged

The Coronet Peak chairlift that trapped a Queenstown woman last year, leaving her with severe neck injuries, was found to be wrongly configured, the Department of Labour said.

Development behind price hikes

Development behind price hikes

NZSki skifield developments have been cited as part of the reason for a rise in the cost of early-bird passes this season.

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