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The operator’s troubles underscore the volatility of commercial ski businesses as climate change accelerates.
There’s clear weather ahead following snow on its ski fields but the future of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts appears as murky as ever.
Coronet Peak’s 75th anniversary celebrations are underway this week as the ski field puts a five-day festival of music, events, fashion and ski events for the public.
More than 90% of commercial passenger vehicles inspected at the country’s major ski destinations have been compliant, say police and Waka Kotahi.
NZSki has opened its Coronet Peak ski field near Queenstown with five of its eight lifts operating.
More than 1.5 metres of snow blanketed parts of Queenstown over the weekend, marking an “epic” ski season ahead for the Southern Lakes ski fields, says Destination Queenstown.
RealNZ’s ski experiences are encouraging the industry to take a closer look at how they promote gender inclusion in skiing and sport.
Operating on an active volcano has presented both challenges and opportunities for the company.
Southern operators will be pleased with snow this week and more to come over the weekend – just in time for widespread ski field openings.
The operator also secures critical worker exemption for 275 skilled staff, helping to meet staffing challenges.
SOUTH launches a new ski product designed to attract Australian visitors.
Cardrona and Treble Cone have teamed up with Wānaka Backpackers Bothy to provide mountain staff accommodation for the 2022 winter ski season.
Employers will be required to pay at least the median wage of $27 an hour for the roles.
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak will celebrate its 75th anniversary with events including a night ski party with fireworks, a retro day, ski race, gala dinner and an alumni après ski function.
A man had to be rescued at Mount Ruapehu on the weekend after sustaining serious injuries following a fall on ice and rocks.
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New Zealand’s first gold medal at the Winter Olympics may prove a welcome boon for the country’s struggling ski resorts.
Mt Hutt has been named New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort 2021 at the 9th annual World Ski Awards.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts says it will consider unbundling assets after two Covid-impacted seasons hit income.
A plan to restructure meets resistance from life pass holders worried they will lose privileges.
Capex is put on hold as operators look to rebuild their balance sheets in 2022.
Police will be checking that vehicles, including those used for passenger services, are operating safely around ski fields across the country during the October school holidays.
Cardona Alpine Resort has been named the nation’s Most Vegan-Friendly Ski Resort by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Ski fields on Mt Ruapehu are gearing up for re-opening at level 2, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief executive Jono Deans.
Ski operators are disappointed but acknowledge the need to get on top of the latest outbreak.
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.
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.
From high hopes to cruel reality, operators are forced to adjust again to life under Covid.
Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown record last minute domestic uptick for ski trips.
RAL aims to open lower mountain chairlifts next.
More snow is on the way for southern ski fields on Tuesday and Wednesday, says MetService.
There is no support connected to changes in the trans-Tasman travel arrangement, says Jacinda Ardern.
That extension will cut deep into the Australian school holiday period of 26 June to 11 July.
Coronet Peak hopes to open on Sunday 20 June and Cardona is aiming for 21 June.
Coronet Peak will open on 19 June and The Remarkables and Treble Cone on 26 June.
Cardrona Alpine Resorts has postponed its scheduled opening.
Ski field has around 18,000 visitors every winter.
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.
Forward bookings for centres within close proximity to ski fields such as Queenstown are up 115% over 2019.
Happy Valley to open 5 June, while Whakapapa and Turoa will open 3 July.
Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone all set to open in June.
A new Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone ski facility in Wānaka is set to open its doors on 1 June.
Resorts are preparing for a season they hope will build on the strength of 2020’s domestic-only surge.
Ski resorts around the country have successfully negotiated with Immigration New Zealand to allow a number of top level workers from abroad into the country for the upcoming season.
It’s promising to be a busy southern ski season, says the airline.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts has launched its Apprentice Instructor Programme to recruit Kiwis as international staffing remains difficult.
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.
SAANZ wants the specialist staff in from June to help ski fields open and operate safely.
Two new winter music festivals are to hit southern ski slopes in the same week in September.
Young Kiwis are being urged to do a domestic OE in a ski region this winter.