$35m development – new terrain, chairlifts for Coronet Peak and Remarks

Coronet Peak
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Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski fields have today proposed major upgrades to the mountains as part of their wider vision, a vision that includes summer operations and access to new terrain.

The $35 million upgrades for the 2019 season include a new 6-seater express chairlift from the base of The Remarkables opening up access to brand new trails and providing fast laps through Remarks Parks.

Over the basin at Queenstown’s closest mountain, Coronet Peak, an upgraded Telemix (combined gondola/chairlift) will replace the current Coronet Express with a mix of chairs and gondola cabins for the 2019 season that starts mid- June. The Coronet Peak upgrade is part of the mountain’s preparation for 2019/2020 summer operations that will include mountain biking.

Sugar Bowl development at Remarkables

A new high-speed D-line Doppelmayr 6-seater chairlift will start from the base area and open trails that were previously harder to access or off-piste.

The new lift line will become the Sugar Bowl lift. It will take guests from the base area and drop them off at the top of the parks, offering skiers/riders repeatable faster runs through The Stash, Serpentine, Cross fall and below.

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It opens up nearly 2.5km of new trails, suited to low intermediate abilities right through to black runs.

“It’s exciting for us to be able to access terrain within our ski area that was currently off piste to build on our offering.This is a whole new side of the mountain to play in! We are also talking about 36 new snowguns in that area of the mountain” says Paul Anderson CEO of NZ ski. 

Future developments at The Remarkables – including The Doolans

Following this major upgrade, The Remarkables will look to replace the Shadow Basin chairlift with a new high-speed lift. They’ve always been open about the need to expand the ski area into The Doolans and will continue to talk with DOC about how they can make this terrain available.

This would increase the skiable terrain of The Remarkables significantly with a trail network developed in what is undoubtedly some of the region’s best terrain.

Coronet Peak Express Telemix

Coronet Peak’s Coronet Express will be replaced with a new high-speed Telemix, from Leitner Ropeways of Italy.

The Telemix combines a 6-seat chairlift with gondola cabins, which are ideal for sightseeing and summer operations. In winter, the lift will operate predominantly as an express chairlift, whereas in summer the chairs will be dedicated to mountain-bikers and gondola cabins will be incorporated for sightseers.

The Telemix is designed for a capacity of 3000 people per hour and runs efficiently at 5.0 m/sec, increasing capacity and minimising queueing time.

Summer Operations at Coronet Peak, including Mountain Biking

The bigger vision for the new Telemix is to start summer operations at Coronet, which is only 20 minutes from downtown Queenstown on a tar-sealed road. The year-round summer operation allows access to thousands of local, national and international visitors to Coronet Peak.

coronetpeak spectacular view

With summer lift access to the top of Coronet Peak, guests will also experience breath taking views over Queenstown and the surrounding Wakatipu basin.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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