Coronet Peak is go! The 2020 season kicked off this morning with excellent conditions.
Close to 2,000 people were at Coronet Peak today for the first day of the season to enjoy it.
David Furness and Tony Russel from Arrowtown camped out overnight to score the coveted first on chair t-shirts on Coronet Express. Furness, who had been in line since 8pm last night, said it was his twelfth time getting first on chair at Coronet Peak and he was stoked to be here to kick off the season.
Members of the Cameron family from Invercargill, who also camped out on the snow last night, were excited to take home the other four t-shirts.
Coronet Peak ski area manager Nigel Kerr said it was fantastic to get the season underway and he was pleased with the conditions and the crowd.
“There’s a great energy in the air and everyone seems thrilled to be back out on the slopes.
“We’ve got some awesome early season skiing and riding up here with a good base that we’ll keep building on it with snow making and the natural stuff that’s in the forecast early next week,” Kerr said.
Coronet Peak is open daily during the season with Night Ski on Wednesday and Friday nights from Wednesday 1st July and First Tracks starting on the 6th July.
Kerr said they were planning to kick off night skiing with a bit of a bang.
“We wanted to celebrate the beginning of winter in style so thought a party was in order. We’ll have a fireworks display at 6.45pm, live music with DJ Stubaca and the Crown Rangers, and some food and drink deals.”