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Patrick Thorne

04 Sep 19

New Zealand Ski Area Installs A Chair Before Installing a Chairlift

Patrick Thorne

04 Sep 19

The Remarkables ski area near Queenstown in New Zealand has installed a six-seat chairlift in the snow for skiers and boarders this season to sit on.  Next season they should be sitting on the moving version.

Owners NZ Ski have announced a $35m spend at The Remarkable and at nearby Coronet Peak, with the latter getting a Telemix lift that incorporates gondola cabins and chairs.

The nex six-seater chair at The Remarkables will be a high-speed D-line Doppelmayr 6-seater chairlift starting from the base area and opening trails that were previously harder to access or off-piste.

The old fixed-grip quad chair it replaces that was installed back in 1986 has already been decommissioned.   However the new lift will follow a whole new line up the mountain, creating a whole new trail network, adding to the existing terrain including the four terrain parks on offer.

The new lift line 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.

It will open up nearly 2.5km of new trails, suited to intermediate abilities right through to black runs. The plan also includes the installation of 36 new snowguns.