The Remarkables ski area upgrade has given skiers new state-of-the-art new facilities. The project has increased the capacity of the existing facility by 40% – enabling the ski field to accommodate 3,500 skiers per day both on the lifts and during their breaks.
Stage one included the construction of a new 1.2km long six-seat chairlift called Curvey Basin, the installation of 39 new snow making guns, major earthworks to form new trails, landscaping, new car parks and the reshaping of the last 300m of the access road.
Stage two involved building a new 5,800m² three-level base building modelled on the one at Coronet Peak (also built by Arrow in 2009). The architecturally designed base building which houses guest services, retail tenancies, gear rental, a snow-sport school and an extensive café and restaurant was completed in mid June 2015.
Curvey Basin lift: 1.2km long
39 new snow guns
1.6km of new trails
New lift capacity up to 2,400 people an hour
300m of road realignment
New car parks
New 5800m² state-of-the-art base building
Working in an extreme weather environment – snow is guaranteed every month of the year at the Remarkables. The team had to abandon site one day due to avalanche!
A high level of stakeholder involvement – the project was constructed while the Remarkables team were undertaking their usual summer lift and facility maintenance programme. Strong relationships were key to delivering the project in this operational environment.
Difficult access and logistical challenges – working 1600m above sea level up a winding, mostly unsealed mountain road.
A nine month time frame for a 5800m² building at the top of a 13km gravel road, 1600m above sea level.
Property Council New Zealand – Holmes Consulting Group Tourism and Leisure Property Award
NZ Commercial Project Awards – ‘PlaceMakers Tourism and Leisure Category Award Winner
NZ Commercial Project Awards – Value Award for top property over $15 million – Gold
Collaboration leads to a remarkable build in the snow
Read an interview with Ross Lawrence, The Remarkables Ski Area Manager for NZSki after Stage One was completed