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’.”
Read the article online at: https://www.mountaintechnologymagazine.com/ski-lifts/08022019/hopes-raised-for-new-6-seater-lift-at-the-remarkables-this-season/