Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


NZ snow season starts with opening of Coronet Peak

NZ snow season starts with opening of Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak opened today with a celebratory spray of Amisfield bubbles signaling the official start of the winter season.

Under blues skies, a beautiful day with no wind, the ski area was the first to open in Australasia, celebrating the occasion in style with around 300 excited skiers and boarders who had queued up for the lifts to open, eager to cut their first tracks.

Coveted ‘First on the Chair’ honours for the first four to ride the Coronet Express, went to a group of Queenstown teenagers who arrived at 11pm the night before and spent a cold night trying to sleep under the picnic tables on the deck to claim their spot of first on chair fame.

Finn Duffy, Tiarn Collins, Jacob O’Donoghue-Price and Cooper Neilson, all 14, were the lucky riders to receive a ‘First on the Chair’ T-shirt and bragging rights to be the first down the hill.

“We’ve never done this before but we thought we’d do it to check out what the competition was like,” said Finn.

And after their first run? “It was great to have the run to ourselves, it was hard and fast,” said Finn.

Over 600 guests flocked to the mountain for the much anticipated opening day and were welcomed by ski area manager Ross Copland.

“Today is all about Queenstown locals dusting off the gear and having a ski,” he said. “We’ve got the best snow in the Southern Hemisphere at this early stage of the season thanks largely to the great investment in snowmaking and the reliability that gives us.

“It’s great for Queenstown to get the season underway, and looking ahead we’re excited about Winter Festival and the re-launch of night skiing with doubling of the terrain. Overall we’ve got some really promising signs for the season to come.”

Among the avid snow lovers were Queenstown local Yuko Wakushima and her children Cool, 12, and Anru, 10.

“We’re so excited to be up here,” she said, beaming from ear to ear.

Coronet Peak opened with an average 30cm of snow on the main trails, providing access on the Coronet Express to the main M1 trail, Upper and Lower Wall Street, Pro Am, Mid Gully and Million Dollar.

The Meadows Express lift also opened for novice and early intermediate skiers and boarders to access Big Easy and Gentle Annie with carpet lifts running in the main beginners’ area.


For up-to-date snow conditions and further information go to www.nzski.com

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news