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Developments on track at The Remarkables ski area

Developments on track at The Remarkables ski area
May 30, 2014

New snow has turned The Remarkables ski area near Queenstown into a winter wonderland – but that hasn’t deterred workers putting the final touches onto the new Curvey Basin chairlift.

Half a metre of snow fell at the ski area early this week, but progress is still ‘on track’ despite the sometimes challenging weather conditions.

The new high speed chairlift is part of a multi-million dollar investment for the ski area and will open up 20% more terrain and countless off-piste opportunities.

Final load tests are scheduled to be carried out on 5th June before the new lift is officially ‘handed over to NZSki on 6th June, in advance of the ski area’s scheduled opening on 21st June.

Ski area manager Ross Lawrence said the weather has only been a “minor obstacle” for the US-based Leitner Poma team installing the lift.

Lawrence explained “the guys install new lifts all around the world and like our team, are used to working in snowy conditions, so as far as we’re concerned it’s business as usual.

“Considering the weather conditions thrown our way this May we’re thrilled to be on track and making great progress.

“The chairlift cable is on and all that’s left to do is splicing the cable over the next couple of days, loading the chairs and carrying out the load tests.

“It will be a great day when the lift’s officially handed over to us, ready to go in plenty of time before opening day.”

A project of huge proportions, the 1.2 kilometre chairlift has 95 cubic metres of concrete beneath each tower and a 19-tonne cable which will carry the 63 six-seater chairs.

Sealing of the lower 4 kilometre of the access road, another new development for The Remarkables this year, is also nearing completion. The plan is ultimately to seal the entire road, improving safety and comfort for skiers and snowboarders.

Other exciting developments on the mountain include improved snowmaking, an increased learner’s area, and realigned and expanded car parking areas.

Work on the basement of a new state-of-the-art base building scheduled to open for the 2015 season has also started on the mountain.

Lawrence concluded “it’s all go up here and especially since the snow’s arrived we know people just can’t wait to get up the mountain, take a ride to the top of Curvey and explore all of that fantastic new terrain.” 

20th April 2014 - QUEENSTOWN SKI AREA CHAIRLIFT AN ‘ENGINEERING FEAT’


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