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Prices have jumped $100 for most types of skifield pass as NZSki yesterday released its "early bird" season fees.
The passes were for Queenstown skifields Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, and for the Mt Hutt skifield in Canterbury.
In a press statement, the NZSki general manager, sales and marketing, David Ovendale, put the increase in price down to "economic reality" and said he believed the season passes still presented "good value for money".
"Our ongoing efforts to deliver a world-class experience, both in terms of service delivery and capital works, and the reality of increased costs on a number of fronts have necessitated an increase after no change in 2009," Mr Ovendale said.
The NZSki pass covering all three mountains will cost $999 for adults (up from $899 last year), and $699 for youths (aged 7-17 years) and seniors (aged 65-74).
The Queenstown pass for Coronet Peak and the Remarkables stands at $799 for adults this year (up from $699 last year).
Youths and seniors costs $499.
The Mt Hutt pass will be $679 for adults, and $429 for youths and seniors, with a Mt Hutt midweek pass (Monday to Friday only) available for $429 for adults, $329 for students and $299 for youths and seniors.
A Remarkables pass, introduced last year, will continue this year, with a price jump of $50 to $449 for adults, $349 for students and $249 for youths and seniors.
Day lift passes are free for children, aged 6 and under, at Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt, and free for children, aged 10 and under, at the Remarkables.
Seniors over 75 years ski for free at all three fields.
The early bird prices are available for a month.