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What's new for the 2014 NZ season

Aug 29, 2014

Queenstown's Remarkables Ski Resort has a new chairlift for the 2014 season; The Curvey Basin lift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While it may be too early to predict snowfall, Scout is excited to report that there are some fantastic new developments currently taking place in New Zealand:

The Remarkables

At The Remarkables in Queenstown, a brand new six-seat express lift is being installed in time for the 2014 season – the Curvey Basin lift. Its base extends to the parking lot, which means that skiers will no longer have to walk and catch the magic carpet to get to the slopes.

At 1.2km long, the new lift reaches higher than the existing Alta Chair, so skiers will be able to shred new terrain that was previously only accessible via a hike from Sugar Bowl. And in addition to this, the resort has expanded the learner’s area and added 50 new snow guns for snowmaking.

Access to the Remarkables Resort itself will also be easier, as they are sealing the first 4kms of the access road. The good news is that they are planning to seal the entire road over the next few summers – no more corrugated dirt road!

Opening Day: 21st June.

Coronet Peak

The changes at Coronet Peak aren’t as major, but they will certainly make the skiing experience more fun. Over 100 new lights have been installed – opening up an additional 4km of trails for night skiing. Meanwhile, those who love playing in parks at night will enjoy the new ‘Park after Dark’ which features a 16m x 11m airbag for practicing tricks.

During the day, your kids will enjoy the new ‘Fun Zone’ – located underneath the Meadows Express chairlift (the beginners’ lift).

And while you may not see them in action, two new state-of-the-art groomers have been shipped out from Germany for the 2014 season.

Opening Day: 7th June

Treble Cone

Families and intermediate skiers will rejoice at the extension of the High Street run. This eliminates the tight and often rutted out return switchback trail from Saddle Basin.

For kids, the ‘Jazz Kids Fun Trail’ – a highlight of last season – will be extended this year.

And that ship from Germany must have been crowded, because Treble Cone has also received two new PistenBully winch groomers. This is great because it means all those steep trails will be groomed to perfection.

Opening Day: 26th June

Cardrona

Park enthusiasts will be happy to hear that a new intermediate terrain park has been added to Cardrona. This means more jumps, rails and boxes – expanding the total number of parks at the resort to four.

Opening Day: 20th June

Elsewhere

Mt Hutt has restored its triple chair after it was taken out by an avalanche at the beginning of last season.

And after closing to the public last year, Snow Park will operate privately as a race training facility. Scout hopes this doesn’t take all the international teams away from the other resorts – there’s nothing quite like cruising down the run at Coronet Peak next to Lindsey Vonn!

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