The celebration takes place over the weekend of June 28 and 29 to coincide with the first weekend of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.
NZSki CEO James Coddington says the events of the weekend are designed to bring the local and visiting community together to celebrate the massive $30m development project which is expected to deliver economic benefits across the region.
“An official ribbon cutting ceremony will start festivities at 1.00pm on the Saturday. Everyone’s invited to this historic event and complimentary tea and coffee will be served to all guests on the new deck of the new building.”
Discounts of 50% off everything (except season passes, multi-day products, alcohol, private lessons and retail) will apply all day, or while stocks last, to encourage the whole community to come up and celebrate the biggest development since the inception of the ski area.
“This development has been made possible through a huge effort from the Queenstown community. In just seven months we have constructed a world class base area and installed the world’s most sophisticated snowmaking system. Many people and organisations in Queenstown have been part of this effort and we want to thank the entire community for its support over the past months,” says Mr Coddington. “It’s important to us that as many people as possible come and experience what has been created in our backyard.”
Sunday has been labeled ‘Party at the Peak’ and will start late afternoon on the 29th and carry on into the evening with special night skiing and a great line up of entertainment. Kiwi Blues legend Midge Marsden will get the party rocking around 3pm backed by Queenstown’s own Masters Blasters while Goodnight Nurse will ensure celebrations continue into the early evening.
Limited free transport will be available to and from The Station Building, Queenstown to Coronet Peak for Saturday’s official ribbon cutting ceremony. The free buses will depart at 10am and return at 2pm, first come first served. Other bus services will operate as per normal schedules and fares.