Proposed New Zealand gondolas could link Queenstown to ski resorts

Could a city-mountain gondola reach two New Zealand ski areas? Things reports that two separate gondolas are offered to access two of Queenstown’s ski resorts: Cardrona Alpine Resort and The Remarkables. These additions could benefit locals and tourists trying to avoid the traffic their access roads increasingly face.

For Cardrona, they soon plan to file a request for resource consent to put a gondola from the Cardrona Valley to the Cardrona and Soho Basin ski areas. John Darby, the former owner of the Soho ski area before entering into a partnership with Cardrona, is the one behind the development plans. John Darby believes the all-electric gondola would significantly reduce Cardrona’s carbon footprint. He previously worked on an approved proposal to have a gondola up to Treble Cone, but those plans were scrapped in 2010 due to the recession. Cardrona is currently working on adding a chairlift to the Soho ski area.

For Les Remarquables, a gondola from Park of the Remarkables urban and commercial center in the Queenstown suburb of Frankton at the ski resort could be built. The drive from Queenstown to the Remarkables would take about twenty-seven minutes.

For those who want this proposed gondola for the Remarkables to happen soon, it looks like you’re out of luck. In 2018, Alastair Porter, who is the developer of Remarkables Park and the proposed gondola, began approaching investors to secure financing for the elevator, but the pandemic changed those plans. The developer is now waiting for international tourism to return to pre-pandemic levels, while waiting for the ski resort to become a 365-day-a-year operation so it can continue to operate the lift during the off-season. A timetable has not yet been set for the construction/opening of the gondola.

The Remarkables is also focusing on other projects. A new high-speed lift at Shadow Basin will open in 2024, and potential expansion at the back of the ski resort, known as The Doolans, is a higher priority.

Alastair Porter, who is The Park of the Remarkables developer, said the following about the city’s proposed gondola at the ski resort:

“We are still excited about the gondola project, but for it to be economically viable we need to have an idea of ​​how the numbers are growing and how fast… We are keeping all our options open for this. We are not closing anything. We’ll see how it goes.

Paul Anderson, who is the managing director of NZSkiwhich owns The Remarkables, also put the brakes on its immediate construction:

“We would love to work with others to bring this gondola if it was still feasible… From our perspective, it would be a fantastic addition to connect Remarkables Park and Remarkables Ski Area, but we don’t let us not depend for our aspirations.”

Picture credits: Queenstown Skyline, Cardona Alpine Resort, The Remarkables

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