All lifts open; more snow needed

Ross Lawrence
Ross Lawrence
With Coronet Skifield fully open, night skiing under way and the New Zealand school holidays now here, the Remarkables ski area is inching closer to giving NZSki areas a full warrant of fitness.

Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence on Friday said more terrain was continuing to open following last week's snow and all chairlifts on the ski area were now operating.

"We had Shadow Basin [chairlift] open today, with an awesome intermediate trail opening up on there ... You have to be very careful off piste. There's some very visible and some not so visible hazards there."

Staff also opened the Homeward trail on Friday afternoon. However, the Ozone Tubing Park and The Stash terrain park still needed more snow to be ready.

Although the mountain already had a packed powder base of 65cm, the ski area usually needed "as much as a metre" of snow before all areas were fully open.

"These are in areas [where] we don't have snow making, but we are still carrying on with that. Winter has only really just begun."

The New Zealand school holidays began at the weekend, which Mr Lawrence joked would see a welcome increase in the number of Kiwis on the snow, after a large number of Australian visitors to the area over previous weeks.

One possible saving grace for the late start to the ski season was the winter school holiday dates for New Zealand and Australian states had created five weeks of visiting school-trips and families. That finishes at the end of this month.

• Chains must be fitted to all two-wheel-drive vehicles going up both mountains and four-wheel-drive vehicles are required to carry chains for Coronet Peak.



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