This latest outlay, described as “massive” by NZSki Chief Executive, Paul Anderson, now means that NZSki’s total investment in the two resorts since 2014 is nearing NZ$100 million.
The Telemix, a mix of chairs and gondola cabins with a capacity of 3000 people per hour, will replace the Coronet Express – a 4-person detachable chairlift that opened in 1994 – and function as a chairlift for skiers during the winter season; in summer, the chairs will be set aside for mountain-bikers while the gondola cabins will provide opportunities for sightseeing. It is expected to open in time for the start of the 2019 winter season in June.
The 6-seater D-line Doppelmayr chairlift will be installed at the base of the Remarkables and provide improved access to trails and off-piste areas. The plan also includes the installation of 36 new snowguns.
For further recreational opportunities in the summer, NZSki is hoping to offer guided walks, sightseeing and mountain biking for the 2019 – 2020 season.
Anderson said: "We've had an absolute record winter at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables and these developments along with our future plans for growth are absolutely key to the future here in Queenstown. Both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are much-loved ski fields with a loyal following. Both of these mountains are part of the fabric of the Queenstown and wider community, and integral to our winter lives."
Read the article online at: https://www.mountaintechnologymagazine.com/mountain-tourism/01112018/nzski-invests-further-nz35-million-into-coronet-peak-and-the-remarkables/