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Queenstown 2017

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About one month to the proposed opening of the first lifts so time to kick off this seasons reports. First a quick look at whats changed since last season.

Treble Cone has installed a new snow making system which should really help with getting back to the base area. This is what they are saying "The new hardware and controls are designed to enable Treble Cone to open on schedule even in seasons – such as 2016 – with minimal natural snowfall. The newly-installed pipes, pumps and snow guns will service Easy Rider from the top of Home Basin all the way down to the base lodge, as well as providing security around snow cover for Main Street."

Cardrona have replaced the old slow McDougall's quad chair with a chondola (what a horrible word) Their words are
"This summer we’re installing a new “combined” express lift of 8-person gondola cabins & 6-seater chairs. The new McDougall’s Express Chondola is the ultimate mountain access lift for all our guests, with a 150% increase to the McDougall’s uplift capacity that will decrease wait times on all other lifts. The new lift will also mean that first-time skiers & snowboarders, as well as sightseers, will be able to visit the top of the mountain without having to get on & off a chair – sounds pretty good, eh!?
The facts:
First cabin-style lift on a ski area in New Zealand
1:4 ratio of cabins to chairs
10 total cabins, 40 total chairs
Cabins hold 8 people; chairs hold 6
7 towers (old McDougall’s Quad had 11 towers)
Uphill capacity: 2550 people per hour (old McDougall’s Quad had 1000p/hr uplift)
Gondola cabins & chairs will be stored in the lift’s top station, & can be reconfigured in layout depending on weather conditions"

During the construction one of the crew found a 3.1 kg gold nugget which is the largest ever found in New Zealand. Unfortunately the guy does not get to keep it. The new lift also comes with some earth works that widen the Footrot Flats run. Else where on the mountain there is increases car parking and increased water storage for the snow making.

I haven't heard of anything new at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables so that's all for now.


Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Tue 16-05-17 4:33; edited 1 time in total
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Any sign of snow down there Sarge McSarge? Or are they snow making yet?

NZ is on our (ie my & Mrs MA's) to do list at some point in the future... wink
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@mountainaddict, There is a little snow higher up and the weather is getting colder but no snow making as yet. The good news is that we are expecting a cold showery change latter in the week with snow level quite low for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I don't expect it will be enough to get the skis out but anything at all will be welcome. You and Mrs MA should come on down. There is so much more to see and do apart from the snow Very Happy Very Happy
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My daughter, aka The Lass, is flying towards NZ on Thursday to teach the season at Cadrona...I will be watching this thread with great interest
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The forecast colder weather has arrived with light snow right down to lake level this morning. Not any great amount on the mountains but enough to change the look of things. Snowing lightly at home right now but it's not going to continue for long so the skis will stay in storage for now.
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Went for a surf this morning. Really cold Very Happy Not much snow in Canterbury yet.
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Chile has been puked on the past few days and a resort or two may open early next week.
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