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Hopes raised for new 6-seater lift at The Remarkables this season

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As reported by the Otago Times, Paul Anderson, Chief Executive of NZSki, admitted this week there is still "a glimmer of hope" that there will be a new chairlift installed at The Remarkables ski area in time for opening during this year's ski season.

Last week New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (Doc) issued a ‘decision support document’ that Anderson believes increases the likelihood of the 6-seater Doppelmayr chairlift being finished, albeit after the scheduled start of the season on 8 June.

It seemed plans for a 6-seater chairlift to replace the 4-seater Sugar Bowl lift would be delayed a year when Doc's decision did not come before the skifield operator's deadline last month.

Anderson now hopes however Doc will issue an ‘affected party approval’ in the near future; this would then boost the chances of Otago Regional Council and Queenstown Lakes District Council completing their own approvals in good time.

Anderson cautioned however: “Once you get into March and April, you've got a lot more inclement weather up on the mountain to deal with. We've got to be realistic - we don't want to introduce unnecessary risks into the project so if it's going to go too far into the ski season and adversely affect our guests, then we'll say ‘no’.”

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