Coronet Peak was established in 1947 with a single rope tow and has grown into one of the southern hemisphere’s premiere ski destinations. The Remarkables Ski Field opened in 1985 with the Alta double chair and Shadow Basin quad chair. With the growth of the Ski industry in Queenstown Coronet Peak and the Remarkables have undergone major redevelopment work over the last eight years to meet the increase in skier numbers and also the demand for more ski days.
The Remarkables Ski Field has completed a $45 million upgrade starting in 2014 with the construction of the new Curvey Basin Six Seater Chair, ski trails, snowmaking, increased learner slope area, car parking and regrading of existing trails. The new base building was opened at the start of the 2015 winter season and with incredible views of the ski slopes, Southern Alps, Wakatipu Basin, also provides direct access from the car park to the snow.
The base building at Coronet Peak was redeveloped in 2008 at a cost of in excess of $20 million with a panoramic view of the Wakatipu Basin. In 2009 138 new snow guns were installed with two new water reservoirs & pump houses doubling the water capacity from 80 million litres to 175m litres. The Meadows Quad Chair was constructed in 2010 providing for an extended learners slope.
Clark Fortune McDonald has played an important role in the ongoing development of both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables providing design concepts, quantity estimates, topographic surveys, building set out, monitoring and as built surveys on numerous projects.