Big Opening to Queenstown’s 2016 Ski Season This Weekend

The 2016 ski season is set to start with a bang as Coronet Peak opens its doors to the public this Saturday at 9am. Organizers plan to celebrate this auspicious event by handing out commemorative “First on Chair” T-shirts to the first six bums that hit the lifts. Also, as an added bonus for early bird skiers and snowboards, the first 100 in line will get complimentary coffee and breakfast rolls. And if that’s not enough Coronet Peak staff will also hand out celebratory glasses of Champagne (okay, Amisfield sparkling wine – close enough) and other spot prizes!

While there has been some concern about the weather this weekend, NZSki’s Coronet Peak boss Ross Copland is optimistic, saying “The Sydney weather bomb is currently tracking our way, fuelled by some very strong winds, but that’s not going to dampen our spirits.”

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Copland assures us that his staff is doing everything possible to ensure a smooth opening on Saturday for Queenstown’s skiers and snowboarders itching to get their first runs of the season. In fact, this so called weather-bomb might even bring in added benefits in the form of heavy snow-fall, causing some of the best pre-season snow cover in years.

Other services scheduled to open on Saturday include rental facilities, the Snowsports school, the Coronet restaurant and café, coffee bar and related guest services such as the retail Snow Shop and Skiwiland daycare for kids.

Be first in line when the Coronet Express chairlift roars into action at Coronet Peak on Saturday June 11 at 9am and get a head start on the best skiing and snowboarding trails in the Southern Hemisphere. Can’t make it for Coronet Peak’s grand opening? Not to worry – the Remarkables are scheduled to open a week later on Saturday June 18.

For room reservations or tickets to any ski field in Queenstown for the 2016 winter season contact us at Absoloot Queenstown Backpackers and we’ll sort you out!