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New snow groomers help New Zealand ski resort extend opening hours

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Mountain Technology,

Treble Cone, the largest ski area in New Zealand’s South Island, has announced that it will be able to open an hour earlier each morning in July and August – thanks to the purchase of two new Kassbohrer PistenBully 600 snow groomers.

The introduction of First Tracks tickets means early risers will get freshly-groomed slopes in the resort’s Home Basin all to themselves before the resort’s regular opening at 9am.

The brand-new groomers are more powerful yet more efficient and environmentally ‘cleaner’ than ever before, enabling the Treble Cone grooming team to cover more of the mountain each evening and ensure consistent, immaculate groomed runs every morning.

The PistenBully 600 is also setting new standards in sustainability, as the first machine of its type to meet European Stage V emissions control standards.

Treble Cone’s General Manager, Toby Arnott, said: “Early mornings up here are incredible and we’re sure that there’ll be plenty of guests keen to get out and rip, before the regular opening time.”

“We changed a number of processes last season to ensure we were consistently open on time, with lifts open as scheduled on 97% of the days we operated. Combined with this new state-of-the-art grooming equipment we’re looking forward to delivering a really special experience with First Tracks.”

“Treble Cone is all about wide open space, a lack of crowds and the feeling of freedom that comes from getting in plenty of runs, and getting open early for First Tracks epitomises all those things.”

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