Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Wed 29/Apr/09 8:10am

Record online bookings, spectacular trans-Tasman airline tickets, a weak New Zealand dollar and significant marketing spend in Australia could deliver Queenstown its “best ever” winter ski season.

New Zealand’s biggest ski area operator NZSki Ltd is anticipating a boom ski season based on current forecasts.

Speaking at a Queenstown Chamber of Commerce event yesterday, NZSki Ltd CEO James Coddington said a number of positive indications suggested that “the winter of 2009 could be the best ever”.

“I’ve recently returned from a 10 day trip to Australia and feel buoyed about what I saw and heard. There’s phenomenal noise about holidaying in New Zealand at the moment due to Tourism New Zealand’s extended advertising campaign”.

“Consequently, we’ve seen high pre-season bookings with airlines and a significant increase in bookings with NZSki on the same time last year.”

Mr Coddington said the weak New Zealand dollar provided another good reason for Aussie skiers and riders to choose New Zealand’s slopes.

“Unlike the Australian ski areas which have increased their prices this season, we’ve worked hard to hold our pricing at the same level as last year,” he said.

Of the 1.1 million Australians that actively ski or snowboard, only 60,000 to 80,000 of them visit New Zealand’s slopes each year. Mr Coddington said he hoped to increase that number to 100,000 this season.

He said the arrival of Jetstar in Queenstown in June, a cold forecast for winter by NIWA and unrest in Fiji and Thailand, making them less attractive holiday destinations, also contributed to a hugely positive outlook.

NZSki Ltd, which owns and operates Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas in Queenstown and Mt Hutt in Canterbury, has invested $78 million over the last six years aimed at delivering the best possible product for skiers and riders.

A multi-million dollar investment last year including brand new base facilities and a fully automated snowmaking system has transformed Coronet Peak into a world-class winter destination. Meanwhile, continued investment at The Remarkables and Mt Hutt has improved guest facilities and the quality of surfaces for excellent skiing and riding.

“If there was ever a time to come skiing in New Zealand, this is it,” said Mr Coddington. “Together with our industry partners we’ll be waiting for them with arms wide open.”
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby integral on Wed 29/Apr/09 11:33am

Melissa_Theuriau wrote:“If there was ever a time to come skiing in New Zealand, this is it,” said Mr Coddington. “Together with our industry partners we’ll be waiting for them with arms wide open.”


It had better be, otherwise there will be another 3 ski fields on the already oversupplied 'skifield for sale' market
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby RJD on Wed 29/Apr/09 12:16pm

Looking forward to another season of not queueing with all the gapers at mt hutt...
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby Trail on Wed 29/Apr/09 12:20pm

They better hope some decent snow turns up then!! :D

All those people booked and no decent snow would be a bit arse!!
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby RJD on Wed 29/Apr/09 12:25pm

Trail wrote:They better hope some decent snow turns up then!! :D


Ahh they just make their own...
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby Trail on Wed 29/Apr/09 12:44pm

RJD wrote:
Trail wrote:They better hope some decent snow turns up then!! :D


Ahh they just make their own...


and if you think that is decent snow then you are missing out my friend ;)
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby RJD on Wed 29/Apr/09 12:49pm

Trail wrote:
RJD wrote:
Trail wrote:They better hope some decent snow turns up then!! :D


Ahh they just make their own...


and if you think that is decent snow then you are missing out my friend ;)


No not decent but it'll be ridable for all the gapers from across the pond, which is whats paying their meal tickets.

Thats ofcourse if mt hutt get the 6 running before 2pm...
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby j2hyde on Wed 29/Apr/09 4:30pm

Oh. Yay. As long as the punters stuck to NZski resorts and keep away from all the decent fields then bring on the boom :)
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby bilbobaggins on Fri 1/May/09 9:15am

I got a weird feeling it gonna be crap snow season. Don't ask me why. Got meself a backcountry trip booked above Fox though so who cares!
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby RJD on Fri 1/May/09 9:52am

Mt Hutt looks ridable today.... (on an old board...:D)
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby danpsmith on Fri 1/May/09 10:43pm

Surely the slopes being full of Aussies will make the season worse?
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby radiusq on Fri 1/May/09 11:02pm

If it's half as good as last season then I'll be as half as happy as I was last year.
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Re: Coronet/ Remarkables/ Mt Hutt Anticipating Booming Season

Postby j2hyde on Sat 2/May/09 11:19am

bilbobaggins wrote:I got a weird feeling it gonna be crap snow season. Don't ask me why. Got meself a backcountry trip booked above Fox though so who cares!


Sick sick sick. Hope you get good weather!
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