New Zealand’s Coronet Peak Opening This Weekend!

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on June 4, 2009 10:33 am

Coronet Peak, New Zealand’s first ski resort opened in 1947, will open another ski season this Saturday, June 6th.  Early season snow and improved snow-making facilities have resulted in the best opening-day conditions in years.  Its proximity to Queenstown, a scant 18 km, makes Coronet Peak one of the Kiwi’s most popular resorts.

So rejoice, a new ski season is here!  Break out your centimeter stick for translation: “We have a great upper mountain average snow base of 80cm and and lower mountain average of 50cm and we’re expecting more snow later in the week,” said Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie.  “The mountain is covered, our crew are all on board and we’re absolutely ready to get into the ’09 winter season.”

In 2008, NZSki Ltd, which owns Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mount Hutt, spent $30 million on a new lodge and 141 new snow cannons.  “We have expanded our snowmaking capacity this year and also have two new groomers joining our modern fleet perfecting the slopes.  Skiers and boarders can expect excellent midwinter conditions and beautifully groomed slopes from the moment we pop the first Lindauer corks at 9am on Saturday.”

Lindauer Brut is a New Zealand champagne.  Seriously good stuff and inexpensive (about nine bucks a bottle).  Wine Spectator scores range from 96 for the 2004 to a 92 for the 1999.  Make some turns at Coronet Peak this weekend, and toast yourself with some Lindauer Brut for your hard work.  You have my permission.

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