Ski areas don’t just have to be for skiing—they can host dog races, too. On Saturday, 150-plus dogs and their humans showed up at Coronet Peak Ski Area in New Zealand to compete in the resort’s 47th annual Meadow Fresh Dog Derby. Before the derby started, participants were given a safety briefing. The dogs and their owners then loaded the […]
The first 8-person chairlift in New Zealand is officially set for construction. NZSki announced Mt. Hutt will be replacing their current “Quad Chair” with a brand new, high speed detachable 8-person chairlift. Mt. Hutt is located on the South Island of New Zealand, roughly 50 miles from Christchurch. The ski area has three chairlifts and a magic carpet and is […]
The Southern Alps are the backbone of the South Island of New Zealand and run almost the entire length of the island. They contain the highest peaks in all of Australia/New Zealand, including Aoraki/Mount Cook, the tallest peak at 12,218 ft. In the 1970s, a study concluded over 3,000 glaciers over 1 hectare existed within the range, but that number […]
New Zealand currently has four major international airports – Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown – but soon could add a fifth. The owners of the Christchurch airport recently proposed a new airport near the South Island town of Tarras. Tarras is a small farming community about 20 miles from Wanaka, the gateway to several South Island ski areas such as […]
With winter in the Southern Hemisphere just kicking off, New Zealand ski area operators have mixed thoughts on the season ahead. New Zealand implemented one of the most comprehensive quarantines in the world when the COVID-19 pandemic first began. As a result of those drastic measures, the New Zealand government has given ski areas the green light to open for […]
In mid-August 2018, a family from California descended upon a lovely ski field on the South Island of New Zealand. Cardrona, in a nutshell, is a ski resort with impeccable views, cruising piste runs, mammoth terrain parks, steeps, open bowls and so, quite literally, terrain for the entire family.
Tukino, New Zealand was a breath of fresh air. On a mountain where waiting an hour for a lift isn’t unheard of, it seems surreal that just around the corner is this grassroots ski area without any of the crowds or frills found at the more popular commercial resorts nearby. Upon our arrival, the General Manager, Phil informed us that […]
Back in Mid-August of 2016, a father and son team descended upon a Southern Hemisphere gem…The Remarkables ski field near Queenstown, New Zealand. Located on the southern part of the South Island, the Remarkables is a mini mountain range by its own right. Running in a true North to South fashion and separated by the rest of the Southern Alps, not only does it have impeccable scenery but it also holds some absolutely radical terrain.