Photo: Miles Holden – www.nzski.com.
Skiers and riders can enjoy the slopes late into the evening every Friday and Saturday night from now until mid-September for night skiing at Coronet Peak in Queenstown, a tradition which has operated for over twenty years. The M1, Shirtfront, Big Easy trails, and a Magic Carpet will be fully floodlit, allowing skiers and riders of all levels to experience the slopes under the stars until 9pm.
The resort will also open for early birds with First Tracks off the Coronet Express chairlift from 8am daily – an hour before the lifts officially open at 9am.
Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie said Night Skiing was a magical experience and always created a buzz and atmosphere of its own.
“Coronet Peak’s restaurant and bar are both open until 9pm, serving a range of beverages as well as hot meals. Visitors and holiday-makers just love the whole Night Skiing experience with DJs, hot mulled wine on the deck, and sparkling views over Queenstown.
“First Tracks is always popular with those early risers who look to share the fresh powder, and groomed corduroy trails with only a handful of others. The restaurant is open for breakfast from 7.30am, so anyone can catch a hot meal or cup of coffee, before hitting the slopes ahead of usual opening hours,” he said.
Night Skiing lift passes from 4-9pm cost $48NZ for adults, while Twilight lift passes allowing access from 12.30pm-9pm cost $93NZ for adults. An adult Sightseeing lift pass costs only $15NZ.
Day Lift Passes with First Tracks cost $128NZ per adult, or $35NZ as an add-on for season pass holders.
To purchase lift tickets go to www.nzski.com <http://www.nzski.com/> .
Operation for both First Tracks and Night Skiing is dependent on weather conditions.