Down under: ski season just around the corner
While Europe is gearing up for the hottest time of year, winter is already knocking on the door in the southern hemisphere.
After the first snowfall, ski enthusiasts slowly but surely get their skis out of the cellar and look forward to the cold season. It will only be a few more days before the ski resorts in New Zealand open for business.
Coronet Peak is expected to be one of the first resorts on New Zealand's South Island to open up on June 8, followed by Mt. Hutt (June 15) and The Remarkables (June 22). All three resorts have been under the management of NZSki Ltd since 2002, an organization which has already invested heavily in these locations. There have been changes in the team and there are new and improved snowcats, transport facilities, hire services and snow-making equipment. The latter was supplied by TechnoAlpin in 2003. The first TechnoAlpin snow guns were installed in Coronet Peak that year and, since then, the snow-making systems in the ski resorts of Mt. Hutt and The Remarkables have also gradually been upgraded.
Coronet Peak is probably the best known resort of the NZSki Group and it currently has 213 snow guns guaranteeing ideal conditions –throughout the season. So there is no danger of the weather interrupting play on the slopes in the ski resort just 20 minutes from Queenstown. The managers in The Remarkables and Mt. Hutt have also opted for TechnoAlpin and guaranteed snow cover.
The Remarkables, located a little way south of Coronet Peak, now has 40 TechnoAlpin snow guns to call its own. The 220-hectare resort is therefore no longer reliant on natural snow, which makes planning for the winter season easier for operators and visitors alike.
Mt. Hutt, the winter sports paradise near Christchurch and the most northerly of the three resorts, is also the proud owner of a TechnoAlpin snow-making system, with 64 snow lances keeping the slopes white and the customers satisfied.
Further improvements have been made to the snow-making systems for the upcoming 2013 winter season. The biggest news item is the introduction of the ATASSplus control software in Coronet Peak which makes the snow-making process simpler and, most importantly, more efficient.
NZSki and TechnoAlpin have ten years of successful collaboration to look back on. The outlook for the future is no less rosy as the established business partnership is set to continue. With the great enthusiasm of the resort managers and the tried and tested technology of TechnoAlpin, there is nothing to stand in the way of a successful winter season in the ski resorts operated by NZSki.