$35 Million Developments For Coronet Peak & The Remarkables
Queenstown skiing is about to get a whole lot better with Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski fields proposing major upgrades to the mountains as part of a wider vision, a vision that includes summer operations and access to exciting new terrain!
The $35 million of upgrades include a new 6-seater express chairlift from the base of The Remarkables opening up access to brand new trails and providing fast laps through Remarks Parks; four parks plus the Southern Hemisphere’s only Burton Stash (a world-class terrain park with large natural based features).
At Coronet Peak, an upgraded Telemix (combined gondola/chairlift) will replace the current Coronet Express with a mix of chairs and gondola cabins. The Coronet Peak upgrade is part of the mountain’s preparation for 2019/2020 summer operations that will include mountain biking.
The lifts will be built during the 2018/19 summer if regulatory and Department of Conservation consents are obtained. Both projects will minimise effects on the surrounding environment as part of NZSki’s sustainable slopes policy of preserving and enhancing the environment across its mountains.
The Coronet Express will be replaced this summer with a new high-speed Telemix chairlift!
The Telemix combines a 6-seat chairlift with gondola cabins, which are ideal for sightseeing and summer operations. In winter, the lift will operate predominantly as an express chairlift, whereas in summer the chairs will be dedicated to mountain-bikers and gondola cabins will be incorporated for sightseers.
The new Telemix is designed for a capacity of 3000 people per hour and runs efficiently at 5.0 m/sec, increasing capacity and minimising queueing time.
The bigger vision for the new Telemix is to start summer operations at Coronet Peak.
The year-round summer operation will allow access to thousands of local, national and international visitors to Coronet Peak.
With Summer lift access to the top of Coronet Peak, guests will also experience breathtaking views over Queenstown and the surrounding Wakatipu basin and enjoy a range of activities including sightseeing and mountain biking.
Across at The Remarkables, a large project is also about to start - the entire redevelopment of the Sugar Bowl basin. This incorporates a new high-speed D-line Doppelmayr 6-seater chairlift starting from the base area and opening trails that were previously harder to access or off-piste.
We have identified a new pathway up the mountain, creating a whole new trail network, adding to the existing terrain including the four terrain parks on offer.
The new lift line will take guests from the base area and drop them off at the top of the parks, offering skiers/riders repeatable faster runs through The Stash, Serpentine, Cross fall and below.
It will open up nearly 2.5km of new trails, suited to intermediate abilities right through to black runs. The plan also includes the installation of 36 new snowguns to ensure great riding throughout the season!
Looking to the future
Following this major upgrade, the Remarks will look to replace the Shadow Basin chairlift with a new high-speed lift which will position the mountain for further expansion.
Looking further ahead the plan is to expand the ski area into The Doolans and the Remarkables will continue to talk with DOC about how this terrain can be made available to guests in the future. This would increase the skiable terrain of The Remarkables significantly with a trail network developed in what is undoubtedly some of the region’s best terrain.
Both projects will minimise effects on the surrounding environment. NZSki operates a policy of mitigating environmental impact across its mountains. These include low-waste food and beverage initiatives, conservation support projects like the recently-announced partnership with Kea Conservation Trust, energy efficient operations, replanting of native vegetation as well as pest and non-native plant control, and designing terrain around large wetland areas.
It is precisely that sense of guardianship that steadies the pace of development, including major growth plans such as accessing the Doolans.