KiwiNewZ Southern Lakez Snow Report

Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand

Friday July 09, 1998

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******************** Kia Ora

This is the first official KiwiNewZ snow report for the Southern Lakez region.

First official? Well I have been giving friends snow reports from the foothills of Coronet Peak for several years but I don't know if I would call them official!

Southern Lakes? Yep, this is the local name for the Wanaka, Queenstown and Fiordland area with five ski areas. FIVE you say rapidly counting Coronet Peak, the Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona. That's four. Well you forgot the Waiorau Snow Farm. Cross country skiing on the top of the Pisa range and its FREE until that's hard to beat.

For those of us that like to be carried uphill we have a great selection of mountains and facilities to suit all kinds of tastes. We will profile a different mountain in each snow report.

******************** Ski Reports

Well conditions are still not the best right around New Zealand with warm Northerly weather patterns being predominant. Mt Hutt has the best snow cover with no fields in the North Island being open, apart form the odd learner slope. Thank goodness for snow making. Oz is getting dumped on!

** Coronet Peak

The skiing / riding is usually pretty enjoyable. Snow making and grooming continue to be impressive, OK there is the occasional lump of snow making dross.... Cool clear still nights are the ones for snow making so make sure you get up there early to beat the crowds and enjoy the fresh groooom.

The detachable quad, triple chair lift and learners lifts are open. Snow base on the main trails varies from 5 - 20 cm. The Half pipe is open most days and offers a great option for some good air. The new half pipe looks awesome, cant wait to check it.

Night skiiing on Friday and Saturday from 4 - 10 pm. Full moon today makes for a great vista.

** The Remarkables

Beginners lifts only open for the season on Saturday 11 June. You can hang on to those early season day passes until the snow gets better...

** Treble Cone

All 2.2km of the main trail has been covered with man made snow. The six seater chair makes it great for learners and intermediates. Experts may start to go stir crazy after a while... Beginners slopes are open. The view from this mountain never ceases to amaze.

** Cardrona

Limited snow with only the McDougalls Quad open and skiing on the main trail only. Waiting for the natural.

** Waiorau Snow Farm

Check out New Zealand's first ( and only? ) cross country ski area. Open and Free until they finish the base lodge facilities. Lift that heel!

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******************** Mountain Profile - Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is a classic little ski hill, 20 minutes from the centre of Queenstown. It has probably the most consistent weather of all New Zealand ski fields and with the modern wonders of snow making manages to produce a lot of ski days, I think the record number of consecutive open days is something over 100!

The Peak doesn't stand very tall, just 1 649 metres ( that's 5 400 feet ), but faces south and keeps the snow well. Some great powder days to be had but you better be there early. Some fantastic terrain, undulations and options to keep you entertained on the 3 major lifts.

Night skiing on Fridays and Saturdays adds another dimension, especially with the full moon. Try the combined dinner and night skiing package for just $39.

Day passes are NZ$59 for an adult. For further information on Coronet Peak slide on over.

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******************** Upcoming Events

The big one is of course Queenstown Winter Festival 18 July - 26 July which celebrates winter in all it's glory with heaps of daytime action on the snowfield and night time action downtown. The Steamy Night on the Wharf (which is this year the Roman night at the Events Centre) gathers a huge crowd of revellers and is boasting fabulous international DJ's this year plus someone who used to carry bags for The Orb to keep you entertained. Tickets a mere $120 per person.

In Wanaka we have the big air competition on 8 August. Taking the action to the street you have got to see this to believe it. Build a jump in the middle of town and let the local snow boarders rip!

******************** That's all folks

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