New Zealand Resorts Ready For New Season; Remarkables Spends $45 Million
The Remarkables in Queenstown, New Zealand is undergoing a $45 million new development with the addition of a six-seat, high-speed detachable lift, increased snowmaking capacity, expansion of the learners area, new trail development, resealing part of the ski area road, and the realignment and expansion of its car parking.
The new 1.2k Curvey Basin lift begins in the lower of the two existing main parking lots and rises to a top terminal just below the ridgeline at the south head of the Rastus Burn. The lift opens up two new runs and more terrain. The Remarkables is scheduled to open June 21 for the season.
Mt Hutt skiers/boarders can look forward to the Triple Chair up and operating, plus a new terrain park farther up the mountain. The triple chair bottom station, destroyed by an avalanche last year, has been replaced. Coronet Peak guests will have access to night skiing included in the Queenstown and NZSki season passes.
Kids 10 and under receive a free day lift pass for Mt Hutt and The Remarkables; children 6 and under receive a free Coronet Peak day lift pass. The “kids4Free” program at Mt Hutt and Methven continue for this season, offering free transport, accommodation, meals and skiing for kids under 10.
Save some money on your 2014/15 season passes. Early Bird season passes are on sale online until midnight March 20. An adult NZSki Pass for unlimited skiing and riding at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt is $999; youths and seniors pay $699. Adults save $500 off the regular price of $1,499. The Queenstown Pass, featuring unlimited skiing/riding at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, remains the same price as last year: $889 for adults – full price is $1,299 - and $589 for youths and seniors.
The Remarkables Pass, with unlimited skiing/riding at The Remarkables, is $599 for adults, a savings of $300; $499 for students, and $399 for youth and seniors. Mt Hutt adult season pass with unlimited skiing/riding at Mt Hutt can be purchased for $699, a savings of $350; the Midweek Adult Season Pass with unlimited skiing/riding between Mondays and Fridays at $429 saves you $120. Note: Pass prices are in New Zealand dollars.
Photo: March 2014 Early Snow (theremarkables/Facebook)