The Early Bird range of passes for Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables is on sale until midnight 5 March and offers the best possible prices for those who buy on-line.
Price increases this year reflect the ongoing investment programme in the ski areas, but have been kept to the bare minimum says David Ovendale, Southern Alpine Recreation Ltd (SARL) General Manager - Sales and Marketing.
Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to log onto www.nzski.com within the next month to snap up the very best deals for this year’s winter season passes to New Zealand’s premier ski areas.
“While economic reality has driven increases that range between a zero increase for the Mt Hutt Midweek pass to $150 for the nzskipass, the SARL Board of Directors and management team has worked to balance the need to generate returns with the need to ensure snow sports stay accessible to New Zealand families.
Mr Ovendale says the company has mitigated increases with added value.
“For the first time, our season passes will include discounts at Whakapapa, Turoa and SnowPark NZ, as well as ongoing discounts at several other South Island ski areas.
“Almost all of our season pass holders can enjoy unlimited skiing and riding across not only their chosen ski areas from our group – but also at Ohau for no extra cost. International discounts are delivered on passes that include Queenstown ski areas through Queenstown’s participation in Leading Mountain Resorts of the World “Endless Winter” programme and its sister city relationship with Aspen, Colorado."
New for this year’s pass line-up is the Tubing Season Pass at The Remarkables designed for those who are neither skiers nor boarders but want to regularly experience the true alpine environment at The Remarkables. At $199 for a family of five (two adults and up to three youths aged 17 or under) Mr Ovendale believes the Tubing Pass offers fantastic value for families.
SARL CEO James Coddington believes the passes provide New Zealand’s best value for the broadest possible range of skiers and riders.
“Prices and increases are low in terms of the development programme that began in 2005 and the added value has significantly increased.”
The investment programme this year has focused on Coronet Peak where $30 million is being invested into the transformation of the mountain resort’s base building and a world leading snow making system. Developments at Mt Hutt include the establishment of a functions room, a mini terrain park and more snowmaking while at The Remarkables a still-secret project is already underway as is the installation of more snowmaking.
Introduced last year, the Early Bird time payment option allows people to pay for their passes in three installments. This option is only available online at www.nzski.com and is designed to help people manage their cash flow more easily.
“It has been specifically targeted at local families, many of whom need to buy multiple passes,” says Mr Coddington.
People are strongly encouraged to purchase online at www.nzski.com to obtain the best possible prices and to take advantage of the Early Bird time payment option. Application forms can be downloaded from the website and are also available from the Snow Centres in Queenstown and Methven and at leading ski retailers around the country. Physical applications will incur a $35 administration fee.
For those likely to ski or board at Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables the nzskipass is just the ticket. At $899 for an adult, $799 student, $599 youth (7-17) and senior (65 – 74), the nzskipass offers unlimited skiing and riding for the 2008 season at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Mt Hutt and Ohau Snow Fields. It also includes 50% discounts at numerous ski areas in the other Leading Mountain Resorts regions of Val Gardena and Bariloche as part of the Endless Winter programme. A range of additional benefits* including discounts at other ski areas in New Zealand and the USA are also covered by the pass.
The Queenstown Pass, for those who ski or ride mostly in Queenstown, is on offer at $699 for an adult, $599 student, $399 youth and senior. It offers unlimited skiing and riding for the 2008 season at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Ohau Snow Fields plus a 50% discount on day passes at Mt Hutt. It also includes 50% discounts at numerous ski areas in the other Leading Mountain Resorts regions of Val Gardena and Bariloche as part of the Endless Winter programme. A range of additional benefits* including discounts at other ski areas in New Zealand and the USA are also covered by the pass.
The Mt Hutt pass at $579 for an adult, $479 student, $329 youth and senior offers unlimited skiing and riding for the 2008 season at Mt Hutt and Ohau Snow Fields. It also includes a 50% discount on day passes at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables and a range of additional benefits* including discounts at other ski areas in both New Zealand and the USA.
The Mt Hutt Midweek pass prices remain unchanged from 2007 at $299 for an adult and $199 student, $179 youth and senior offers unlimited skiing and riding for the 2008 season Monday to Friday only at Mt Hutt. On weekends at Mt Hutt and at any time at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables the pass holder is entitled to a Frequent Card discount on day lift tickets. This pass offers midweek day pass discounts at Ohau Snow Fields, Snow Park NZ, Turoa and Whakapapa. On weekends full day pass rates are charged at all these areas.
All children aged six and under will receive a free day lift pass at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt.
The First Tracks extension for Coronet Peak is available for $195 . The extension offers an early morning experience between 8 and 9am when the Coronet Express chair will open as conditions and operational requirements allow. The extension is designed for those who want the earliest possible access to untracked powder or freshly groomed runs, and is perfect for Queenstown people who are able to ski or board outside office hours.
The Tubing Pass offers all season access to the Ozone Tubing Park at The Remarkables and is designed for those who neither ski nor snowboard but love to get into the mountains for snow fun. It is available at $99 adult, $49 youth and $199 family pass (two adults and up to three children within the same family). Reservations for tubing are required.
The Early Bird offers are only available until 5 March 2008, after which prices will increase to a pre-shoulder (6 March – 16 April 2008), shoulder (17 April – 6 June 2008) and then a main season rate.
* Additional benefits include discounts on day lift passes at Mt Dobson, Mt Lyford, Mt Olympus, Porters, Rainbow, Temple Basin, SnowPark NZ, Turoa and Whakapapa and (for passes which include Coronet Peak and The Remarkables) Aspen, Colorado. All season pass holders are entitled to the following discounts at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt: 25% discount on afternoon Group Lessons (subject to availability), 10% discount at the on mountain retail outlets, (does not apply to sale items or other special offers) and 10% discount off workshop/repairs.