Remarkables skifield in line for upgrade

20:06, Jul 24 2012
The Remarkables opening day 2012
The Remarkables opening day 2012

A proposed multimillion-dollar expansion of The Remarkables skifield, which will include adding a chairlift and giving extra security to the resort's snow-making abilities, is being considered by the Conservation Department.

NZSki chief executive officer James Coddington said that after focusing on developments of Coronet Peak during the past 10 years, costing tens of millions of dollars, it was time to consider upgrading The Remarkables skifield.

Plans for the upgrade had been in the pipeline for three years and during the past 18 months it had been working with DOC, the authority the company leased the land off, to discuss resource consents for the upgrade, Mr Coddington said.

The proposed two-year upgrade would include improving snow-making facilities, increasing the amount of reticulated water from Lake Alta and modifying the existing car park as soon as next year.

By increasing the water take and lake level the company could increase its snow-making efficiency, Mr Coddington said.

If the first phase went smoothly, a 1.3km-long, six-seat chairlift from the resort's car park to Curvey Basin would be installed the following year. The chairlift would end just below the ridge line at the head of Rastus Burn and would create two new ski trails.

"It's going to significantly enhance guest experience for skiers and snowboarders whether they are beginner, intermediate or advance," Mr Coddington said.

However, the final decision would be made once the department outlined conditions, if any, for the consent.

The company also needed to be confident the upgrade would deliver benefits to "customer and commercial aspects".


The Southland Times