The Kiwis are shredding! That’s right- despite predictions of an economic downturn and the fairly recent lifting of lockdown laws, New Zealand ski resorts are not just surviving but thriving. On both the North and South Island, ski resorts are seeing a significant increase in the number of visitors when compared to previous seasons.
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New Zealand’s schools just had their winter holiday which contributed to a large uptick in the number of visitors at local resorts. That being said, most NZ resorts rely on international tourism to comprise a significant portion of their ticket sales. With all international travel restricted, this increase comes as a direct result of stoked Kiwis who are getting out on the mountain.
Turoa and Whakapapa Ski Resorts on the North Island saw a 5% hike in their numbers when compared to last holiday season. On the South Island, Coronet and the Remarkables ski resorts experienced record highs in their daily turnout, seeing approximately 10,000 skiers and riders on the mountain. This record high has not been broken for the last seven years.
In the face of potential hardship, NZ ski resorts are doing far better than initially expected. Furthermore, for perhaps the first time in history, Kiwis are relishing in the fact that they get to enjoy their home resorts all to themselves.