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Cardrona Alpine Resort wins vegan accolade
3 Sep 2021   /

Cardrona Alpine Resort wins vegan accolade

Cardona Alpine Resort has been named the nation’s Most Vegan-Friendly Ski Resort by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).


RAL preps for level 2 ski fields re-opening
2 Sep 2021   /

RAL preps for level 2 ski fields re-opening

Ski fields on Mt Ruapehu are gearing up for re-opening at level 2, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief executive Jono Deans.


Ski season “scarred” by lockdown with visitors in tears, staff in limbo
18 Aug 2021  

Ski season “scarred” by lockdown with visitors in tears, staff in limbo

Ski operators are disappointed but acknowledge the need to get on top of the latest outbreak.


Storms set up Ruapehu ski fields for rest of winter – RAL
12 Aug 2021   /

Storms set up Ruapehu ski fields for rest of winter – RAL

Snow on Monday night for Mt Ruapehu’s two ski fields has set the mountain up for the rest of the winter season, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.


Police to check ski field passenger vehicle safety
29 Jul 2021   /

Police to check ski field passenger vehicle safety

The New Zealand Police, in partnership with Waka Kotahi, are launching a safety campaign targeting passenger services vehicles in and around ski fields across New Zealand.


Inaugural Snow Machine sets post-bubble pause dates
29 Jul 2021   /

Inaugural Snow Machine sets post-bubble pause dates

The Inaugural Snow Machine Festival in Queenstown will be delayed by three weeks to 29 September – 2 October due to the pause of the trans-Tasman bubble.


“We’re gutted” – operators’ hopes for Aus winter boost dashed
23 Jul 2021   /

“We’re gutted” – operators’ hopes for Aus winter boost dashed

From high hopes to cruel reality, operators are forced to adjust again to life under Covid.


RAL ski fields busy as wider opening ramps up
6 Jul 2021   /

RAL ski fields busy as wider opening ramps up

RAL aims to open lower mountain chairlifts next.


Snow dump for southern ski expected mid-week
6 Jul 2021  

Snow dump for southern ski expected mid-week

More snow is on the way for southern ski fields on Tuesday and Wednesday, says MetService.


PM scotches support for ski areas hit by burst bubble
28 Jun 2021   /

PM scotches support for ski areas hit by burst bubble

There is no support connected to changes in the trans-Tasman travel arrangement, says Jacinda Ardern.


Wellington tourist case shows Covid has a long way to go yet – TIA
25 Jun 2021   /

Wellington tourist case shows Covid has a long way to go yet – TIA

TIA boss says the Wellington Covid case serves as a reminder that Covid-19 is still very present.


Queenstown operators wary of NSW travel pause
24 Jun 2021   /

Queenstown operators wary of NSW travel pause

Businesses are keeping a watchful eye as the important Australian school holiday period approaches.


Wayfare promotes Legnavsky, Norris made chief conservation officer
22 Jun 2021   /

Wayfare promotes Legnavsky, Norris made chief conservation officer

Chief conservation officer to conservation and sustainability initiatives across the group.


Low snow sees southern ski openings postpone
17 Jun 2021  

Low snow sees southern ski openings postpone

Coronet Peak hopes to open on Sunday 20 June and Cardona is aiming for 21 June.


Cardrona postpones ski area opening
11 Jun 2021   /

Cardrona postpones ski area opening

Cardrona Alpine Resorts has postponed its scheduled opening.


Mt Dobson applies for 40 year concession
4 Jun 2021  

Mt Dobson applies for 40 year concession

Ski field has around 18,000 visitors every winter.


RAL on target to open first this season
2 Jun 2021   /

RAL on target to open first this season

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts is set to open its Happy Valley beginner’s ski facility at Whakapapa on Saturday 5 June with the rest of the field and neighbouring Tūroa opening on 3 July.


Queenstown skifields revel in early snowfall
19 May 2021  

Queenstown skifields revel in early snowfall

Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone all set to open in June.


Operators gear up as prospects of super ski season grow
11 May 2021  

Operators gear up as prospects of super ski season grow

Resorts are preparing for a season they hope will build on the strength of 2020’s domestic-only surge.


Aussie influx for Queenstown in July, Sept – Air NZ
8 Apr 2021   /

Aussie influx for Queenstown in July, Sept – Air NZ

It’s promising to be a busy southern ski season, says the airline.


Some service please, mate? Staff shortages risk underwhelming Aussies
8 Apr 2021  

Some service please, mate? Staff shortages risk underwhelming Aussies

Enough quality service – or perhaps any kind of service at all – might be hard to find in some tourist destinations.


RAL ski prep nears completion, 2021 pricing updated
26 Mar 2021   /

RAL ski prep nears completion, 2021 pricing updated

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts says its Whakapapa and Tūroa ski slopes are nearly ready for the season with recent work undertaken on its High Noon Express chairlift and Sky Waka Gondola.


Ski industry pleads for 100 international workers to be let in
17 Mar 2021   /

Ski industry pleads for 100 international workers to be let in

SAANZ wants the specialist staff in from June to help ski fields open and operate safely.


Battle of southern snowfests – Snow Machine, Snowboxx go head-to-head
12 Mar 2021   /

Battle of southern snowfests – Snow Machine, Snowboxx go head-to-head

Two new winter music festivals are to hit southern ski slopes in the same week in September.


Inaugural Snow Machine festival sells out
1 Mar 2021   /

Inaugural Snow Machine festival sells out

Snow Machine festival has sold out its inaugural festival in Queenstown. 


Ski industry plugs Kiwi OE to fill 1200 vacancies
26 Feb 2021   /

Ski industry plugs Kiwi OE to fill 1200 vacancies

Young Kiwis are being urged to do a domestic OE in a ski region this winter.


Cardrona confirms Willows Quad for winter ’21
24 Feb 2021  

Cardrona confirms Willows Quad for winter ’21

Cardrona Alpine Resort will open its 65 hectare Willows Basin in time for this winter’s ski season following the installation of a chairlift.


RAL “pleased” with investor interest in $30m stake
3 Feb 2021   /

RAL “pleased” with investor interest in $30m stake

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts says it is now working with potential investors, who could end up buying half the business.


RAL seeks $30m investment partner
27 Jan 2021   /

RAL seeks $30m investment partner

The ski field operator is offering up half its business for a strategic investor to help develop opportunities.


Mt Hutt, Rees Hotel win at World Ski Awards
25 Nov 2020  

Mt Hutt, Rees Hotel win at World Ski Awards

Mt Hutt has been named New Zealand’s best ski resort at the 2020 World Ski Awards. 


Better than expected ski season allows 2021 capex
30 Oct 2020  

Better than expected ski season allows 2021 capex

Operators are planning for a domestic-only 2021 and are growing warier of the effects of global warming.


RAL slashes Mt Ruapehu season pass availability
9 Oct 2020   /

RAL slashes Mt Ruapehu season pass availability

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts has cut the number of 2021 season passes for its Mt Ruapehu ski fields by 20%.


New snow sees RAL extend ski season
30 Sep 2020   /

New snow sees RAL extend ski season

The second week of the school holidays is looking promising for Mt Ruapehu ski fields, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief executive Jono Dean.


Kiwis ‘rediscover’ ski towns during winter – Booking.com
25 Sep 2020   /

Kiwis ‘rediscover’ ski towns during winter – Booking.com

Ski destinations are leading the top 10 trending destinations ‘rediscovered’ by Kiwis, according to Booking.com. 


Refinancing and Sky Waka visitors help RAL face Covid challenge
23 Sep 2020   /

Refinancing and Sky Waka visitors help RAL face Covid challenge

An increase in Sky Waka Gondola sightseeing guests was a saving grace for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts in a difficult ski season.


NZSki invests in country’s first 8-seater chairlift
18 Sep 2020   /

NZSki invests in country’s first 8-seater chairlift

Construction on the multi-million dollar Nor’west Express lift at Mt Hutt will begin in October.


Travellers Autobarn partners with tourism operators
2 Sep 2020   /

Travellers Autobarn partners with tourism operators

Campervan operator Travellers Autobarn has teamed with NZSki and other adventure operators to offer value packs to customers.


Native alpine parrot returns to Mt Hutt
26 Aug 2020   /

Native alpine parrot returns to Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt is celebrating after a kea paid a visit to the mountain, the first to be seen at Mt Hutt in three years.


DOC tells snowmobilers to stick to designated zones
20 Aug 2020  

DOC tells snowmobilers to stick to designated zones

The Department of Conservation is asking snowmobile enthusiasts to keep to designated areas in the Old Man Range/Kopuwai conservation area in Otago.


Iwi urges visitors to stay away from Ruapehu
17 Aug 2020   /

Iwi urges visitors to stay away from Ruapehu

Ohakune-based iwi Ngāti Rangi is calling on visitors to stay away from Ruapehu after a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 visited Whakapapa and Tūroa ski fields.


Southern ski fields close as large operators adjust to Covid restrictions
12 Aug 2020   /

Southern ski fields close as large operators adjust to Covid restrictions

NZSki and Wayfare’s ski fields close for the day while other large operators make adjustments or shut Auckland businesses.


Air NZ and TNZ unite for winter campaign
3 Aug 2020   /

Air NZ and TNZ unite for winter campaign

Air New Zealand has partnered with Tourism New Zealand on the second phase of its Do something new, New Zealand winter campaign to encourage New Zealanders to hit the slopes.


Sugar Bowl Express opens at Remarkables
31 Jul 2020  

Sugar Bowl Express opens at Remarkables

The Sugar Bowl Express chairlift at The Remarkables will open this Saturday 1 August, giving visitors lift access to the Sugar Bowl Basin for the first time this season.


Busy weekend sees 13,000 head up Ruapehu
28 Jul 2020   /

Busy weekend sees 13,000 head up Ruapehu

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief executive Jono Dean said the new car park booking system helped ease the traffic congestion.


Ruapehu online car park booking system goes live
23 Jul 2020   /

Ruapehu online car park booking system goes live

The new booking system would be free this season and would operate for the busiest 10 of the 17 weekends that the mountain is open in winter.


Remarkables extends daily operations
17 Jul 2020  

Remarkables extends daily operations

The Remarkables will continue its daily operations daily for a further one more week after a busier-than-expected school holiday period. 


Watch: Tourism NZ launches domestic winter campaign
14 Jul 2020   /

Watch: Tourism NZ launches domestic winter campaign

The Do Something New This Winter campaign features winter activities across the country.


RAL updates carpark booking system following criticism
8 Jul 2020   /

RAL updates carpark booking system following criticism

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts have updated its new carpark booking system following an uproar from the public.


Wayfare focuses on flexi as it waits for demand to stabilise
6 Jul 2020   /

Wayfare focuses on flexi as it waits for demand to stabilise

CEO Ian Jackson says forward bookings are good but Covid has halved staff numbers on the operator’s ski fields.


Remarkables ski field opens this weekend
3 Jul 2020  

Remarkables ski field opens this weekend

The Remarkables would be open daily for two weeks during the July school holidays until Sunday 19 July, then weekends only.