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QUEENSTOWN SNOW SEASON 2014 - Bigger and better all round!

QUEENSTOWN SNOW SEASON 2014 - Bigger and better all round!

Posted by Dave Fahey: 1st Apr 2014 @ 20:11:48

The skis have been tucked away for some time, and the bike has been king, but high on a hill above dirt is being turned. For most of us the 2013 ski season is a distant dream, left reminiscing great turns had and envisioning deep powder runs to come. All the while a crew of hardworking boys and girls have been slaving away turning dreams into reality in preparation for the 2014 ski season.

It’s no secret that I love to ski & by this time of year I have usually trudged around the house in ski boots during the all-important dress rehearsal. The ski movies have been hauled out of the cupboard and anticipation is building. This year is more exciting than most as it’s been quite some time since I have seen such extensive work put in by all four mountains in order to improve facilities for the benefit of the locals, seasoned winter returners and beginners alike.

Below is a brief run down on what can be expected when piling out of the ski wagon bright and early opening day of the 2014 season.


The Remarkables

While all four local resorts are going through vast improvements, it’s fair to say The Remarkables takes the cake for 2014. The most notable being the brand spanking new six-seater Curvey Basin lift. Not only will it be fast, comfortable, and increase capacity, but a whole new ridge, basin and face will be open where only the dedicated hiker has ventured before. Along with this The Remarkables will deliver on new trails for all ability levels, with snow making to ensure constant delivery of the white gold.

With so many earthworks around the base area they have also taken the opportunity to play in the big boys toys a little more and expanded the already capable learner’s area and increased and improved car parking meaning shorter walks in those clunky ski boots.

And now for the pièce de résistance, while making the skiable area bigger, badder and bolder they have topped it off by taking away 4km of bone shaking ruts, with the first stage of sealing the access road announced.

Coronet Peak

At Coronet peak it all about what goes on amongst the hours of darkness, or this year the not so dark. Coronet has just announced that Night Skiing at the peak is about to be bigger and better than ever before with double the amount of terrain under lights and new night freestyle features. 

Work has already begun to install 80 new lights on the mountain, which will add over 4km of new trails accessible by light on Friday and Saturday nights. Along with this addition a new ‘Park after Dark’ freestyle run with boxes, rails and a giant airbag will cater to skiers and riders who like to hit the terrain parks. 

Cardrona

Earthworks are currently underway in Cardrona Parks to develop a new intermediate freestyle ski and snowboard terrain park for the upcoming 2014 winter season. The new park will give Cardrona Alpine Resort a total of four terrain parks and will include a ‘triple jump line’, with jumps ranging from 16ft (5m) to 32ft (10m) in length from lip to knuckle.

The new park also introduces some intermediate lines, bridging the gap between the baby park and advanced lines. This will allow faster development for guests and athletes alike. Well played Cardrona!

Treble Cone

At Treble Cone it’s all about usability. TC is undergoing massive earthworks to allow users an easier way of returning from saddle basin via a newly aligned, longer, wider High Street Trail also featuring a gentler gradient.

Following the popularity of the Jazz Kids Fun Trail which was introduced to the Home Basin in 2013, Treble Cone is extending the Jazz Kids Fun Trail even further for 2014, adding more mini rollers and small kid’s jumps to make the experience longer and even more of a highlight for children.

Treble Cone has also invested in some new toys in the form of 2 brand new state-of-the-art, big shiny red Pisten Bully 400 grooming machines. This will allow their night owls to cover more of Treble Cone’s terrain and lay perfect corduroy nightly on the ski areas beginner, intermediate and advanced trails, producing a greater on-piste experience for guests.


So as long as the sun tucks itself away, the temperature plummets and the gently flutter of big juicy snowflakes arrives we are all in for a treat. I imagine no matter whether you were a local born with skis on your feet or returning for your annual ski pilgrimage the 2014 snow season is set to deliver. Without a doubt I will take the tour of all four of my home mountains and experience all the new goodies & I can’t wait to see you all out there – let the snow dance begin!

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