New Zealand is good to go

Ok people, those of you lucky enough to be heading to the southern hemisphere this summer you had better get your skates on. Corent Peak is opening tomorrow with other ski areas set to follow suit very soon.

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak is to launch the 2007 New Zealand snow season tomorrow (Monday, June 11) with a social opening day and skiing and riding on the main M1and Big Easy trails and beginner area.

Ski area manager Hamish McCrostie said a recent polar blast had kept temperatures low enough to allow snowmaking machines to work at capacity output.

“The snowmaking has produced sufficient cover across the main M1 and Big Easy trails and we’re sure people will enjoy some good turns. We are simply looking forward to getting open and on our boards for the season.”

Early birds will be welcomed, as is traditional, by glasses of Lindauer bubbly as they board the Coronet Express quad chair for the first time this season.
“We’re looking forward to the social day that Coronet’s opening is renowned for… bubbles, catch up with old and new friends and some thigh burning early season runs.”
The Coronet Express quad chair, Meadows double chair and the magic carpet beginner lift will operate from 9.00am offering access to the groomed M1 and Big Easy trails.

New developments for the 2007 season at Coronet Peak include the installation of a new beginners’ area and carpet lift which effectively doubles the terrain and lifts available for beginners, a new snowmaking pump which has increased snowmaking capacity, and two new groomers designed to provide the best possible snow surface.
Coronet Peak’s Snow Sports School, West End Café, Rental Shop and Retail Shop will all be open along with the refurbished Coronet Brasserie which will serve breakfast from 8.30am.
Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt, collectively New Zealand’s premier ski areas, are owned by Queenstown based company Southern Alpine Recreation Ltd (SARL).
Newly appointed company CEO James Coddington said he was delighted that Coronet Peak was set to open and praised the round-the-clock efforts of snowmakers.
“Following an Indian summer and autumn, it’s wonderful to see technology kick in and produce such an excellent result. Our continued investment in snowmaking is certainly proving its worth and I’m looking forward to pouring Lindauer and welcoming the season’s first boarders tomorrow morning.”
Mt Hutt is due to open as soon as conditions allow while The Remarkables is on track for a June 23 opening.

For further information please visit www.nzski.com or contact Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie on 0274 769 881, Southern Alpine Limited CEO James Coddington on 027 229-8958 or media liaison Alexa Forbes, alexa@southernpr.co.nz, 03 441 1117, or 0274 717 255.

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