Coronet Peak has been forced to revise its closing day for the second time this season as warmer spring temperatures bite into ski and snowboarding operations.
Faking a ski pass was a serious offence and two foreign former employees of NZSki Ltd were told they had "really messed things up for themselves" in New Zealand by Judge Dominic Flatley, when they appeared in Queenstown District Court yesterday.
"Phenomenal" snow conditions have prompted Coronet Peak to extend its season, allowing for up to an extra week of skiing and riding, or as long as conditions allow.
Gale-force winds shut down all the skifields in Queenstown and Wanaka, as another cold southwesterly front blasted the South Island yesterday.
Blustery winds blew away Swedish skiing star Jon Olsson's attempt at a world-first big air trick at Treble Cone skifield on Sunday, but the freeskier hopes to return next year for another attempt.
You could say skier Karen Skillen took the counterculture route of turning on, dropping out, and tuning in, to start an international fundraising bid for adaptive snowsports.
Awakino beat all other club skifields in the South Island on Saturday with one of the earliest openings in the club's history.
In 30 years' time, there will be less snow in the mountains around Wanaka and Queenstown, forcing tourism businesses to promote other reasons for Australians to take a winter holiday in the region, Canterbury researchers say.
On the surface, mid-May seems very quiet in Queenstown, but behind the scenes the resort is buzzing with activity in preparation for the influx of winter tourists and seasonal workers.
Treble Cone skifield has shelved plans for its $20 million gondola "indefinitely" and will instead spend $200,000 on a five-year project to install safety barriers on its 7.5km access road.
Prices have jumped $100 for most types of skifield pass as NZSki yesterday released its "early bird" season fees.
A cafe and groomer shed at Whakapapa, on Mt Ruapehu, will be rebuilt after being destroyed by fire earlier this year.