Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


The Remarkables opens with expanded learners’ terrain

The Remarkables ski area opened today with further upgrades across the mountain and a brand new learners’ area that increases novice terrain by 30 per cent.

About 1700 skiers and boarders turned out for the opening day, enjoying the groomed trails accessed via the Curvey Basin Express, Alta Quad, Sugar Bowl Quad chairlifts and four conveyors in the learners’ area.

Fresh snowfall over the past week – including 15cm falling on Thursday night – provided The Remarkables mountain with a 60cm base on groomed trails, with the exception of areas accessed by the Shadow Basin quad, which will open with the arrival of more snow.

Novice skiers and boarders relished the opportunity to experience the new 160m-long conveyor lift, which opens up a whole new learners’ area, The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence says.

“This lift – the second covered conveyor on the mountain – is particularly significant, as it connects people with the Alta beginner chairlift in a more user-friendly way, providing a really easy progression from conveyor to chairlift,” Lawrence says. “We really wanted to develop the advancement for the novice skier and boarder and this new conveyor totally enhances their experience.”

In developing the expanded learners’ area terrain, the team at The Remarkables undertook a major wetlands restoration project over the past 12 months. The wetlands vegetation was dug out, protected and propagated and has been re-established back into a new, sustained environment close to the learner’s area. Over summer the new wetland area flourished, with new growth and reinstated wetland flora thriving.

“Our commitment is to leave the environment in a better place, so anywhere we get these sorts of environments, we make sure the landscape is reinstated with the aim of enhancing it,” Lawrence says.

Other improvements for 2019 include the reconfiguration of the kitchen to better-meet lunchtime demands – providing more efficient recycling processes, faster delivery of hot food and better seating areas. Extra ski racks have been added to accommodate more skis and snowboards during the lunchtime influx.

The ski and snowboard rental equipment fleet has had a $200,000 upgrade. External heaters have been added to the outdoor waiting areas for bus patrons before they board the bus.

“We are always striving to make our guest experience the best it possibly can be, and the investment we’ve made in these areas are all designed to improve every aspect while people are on the mountain,” Lawrence adds.

A state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient PB600 level red winch groomer fitted with V3 Snowsat has been added to the grooming fleet, which maximises snow cover and offers a closer ‘shave’ of terrain. Two brand new MAN 4WD buses have been added to the bus fleet.

The Remarkables has also installed new education panels for Kea conservation awareness at the base building as part of the mountain’s commitment to bring back the birds, in its platinum partnership with the Kea Conservation Trust.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Reference Group Proposal: Motorists, MTI Support Ban On Less Safe Car Imports

A proposal to ban some used car models from being imported into New Zealand is being welcomed by the Motor Industry Association, which says Japan's scraps are being sent here for waste disposal. More>>


Expenses Investigation: ANZ Boss Departs Under Cloud

Last month the bank said chief executive David Hisco was taking extended leave for health reasons. However, today it has said in addition to the health issues, the board was concerned about certain transactions after reviewing Mr Hisco's personal expenses. More>>


Wider Net Ban, Other Threats: Plan To Expand Protection For Maui And Hector’s Dolphins

The Government is taking action to expand and strengthen the protection for Māui and Hector’s dolphins with an updated plan to deal with threats to these native marine mammals. More>>


Fish & Game Support: Canterbury Officer Of Health Warns On Nitrates In Water

"Nitrate testing of 114 drinking water samples from across the Canterbury plains showed that more than half of them were above the level considered safe in the world's largest ever study on the impacts of nitrates in drinking water." More>>