Queenstown and Wanaka residents have the chance to ski for $20 while supporting local youth at the NZSki Locals’ Day this Saturday (June 22).

Coronet Peak and The Remarkables will be welcoming local skiers and snowboarders for their popular annual event, which will this year support Wakatipu Youth Trust, which offers mentoring and mental health programs to local young people.  

Open to anyone who has been living in the district for more than three months, lift passes at either mountain will be slashed from $129 to just $20, and rentals will be $20 instead of the usual $50.

Coronet Peak ski area manager Nigel Kerr says Locals’ Day is an important way of showing solidarity with people that call the Queenstown Lakes District home and who contribute to the communities within the region.

Last year NZSki donated $38,000 to seven local schools, who were the recipients of the 2018 Locals’ Day. NZSki chose Wakatipu Youth Trust this year because of its long-standing relationship – the Trust has provided a lot of support to NZSki staff over the years.

Wakatipu Youth Trust manager Jacqui Moir says the organisation is thrilled to be this year’s beneficiary of the Locals Day charity. Based in Frankton, the trust aims to empower local youth with programmes and mentoring initiatives, growing their strengths, resilience and abilities in order to lead positive and healthy lives.

To take part in the event, participants must bring either paper or electronic evidence of local residence in the Queenstown Lakes District for at least three months, such as a utility bill, letter of offer from an employer, an addressed statement from a bank or certification of rental accommodation.

Queenstown Lake District includes: Queenstown, Arrowtown, Gibbston Valley, Glenorchy, Kingston, Wanaka, Cardrona Valley, Tarras, Cromwell, Hawea and Makarora. The offer is only valid Saturday 22 June 2019, at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.

Locals’ Day passes can only be purchased at guest services.

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