Remarkables ski area shut till midday with no power, keeping Coronet Peak 'extremely busy'

A line for Greengates chairlift at Coronet Peak on Tuesday morning.
KARL ARGYLE

A line for Greengates chairlift at Coronet Peak on Tuesday morning.

Queenstown's Remarkables ski field is closed due to a power outrage, leading to road closures at Coronet Peak.

Keen Queenstown skiers have been redirected to Coronet Peak, which had become so congested the road was earlier closed to traffic.

The Remarkables ski field was on hold until 12pm on Tuesday because of a power supply issue.

Skiers had to be redirected to Coronet Peak as Remarkables ski field was shut until 12pm due to a power cut.
KARL ARGYLE

Skiers had to be redirected to Coronet Peak as Remarkables ski field was shut until 12pm due to a power cut.

Ski area manager Ross Lawrence said it was not possums causing the issue this time. Two possums had become stuck in the power cables two times in a fortnight last month.

The ski field was shut on Tuesday due to power supply termination, which had since been fixed and tested, he said.

"It's purely a connection failure at a joint," he said.

Lawrence said he had a "right crew in the job" bringing the the power back all morning.

Coronet Peak has been hosting all redirected skiers since 9am on Tuesday.

"Due to unprecedented levels of business today we are extremely busy," Coronet Peak posted on social media. 

The road to Coronet peak was closed due to car parks being full until about 11.30am.

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However, "limited" NZSki busses from Queenstown central were still taking skiers to the mountain.

"If you're planning on coming up, head to the Remarkables as it may be the best option for afternoon skiing at this stage," the post said.

Lawrence said skiers were welcome to come to the Remarkables after 12pm.

"I think people already made the decision where they are going to be skiing today but we are feeling great to be open again," he said.

The Remarkables has had three power outrages since season opening on June 10.

 - Stuff

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