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    22 Aug 2017

    The Mountain Collective global ski pass adds Niseko and Snowbasin

    The Mountain Collective™,  an international alliance of premier ski destinations – including Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, the only member resorts in New Zealand – has added another two resorts to the collective.

    The Mountain Collective has two great offers:

    1. The Mountain Collective Pass gives pass gives holders two days of riding at all partner resorts and 50% off additional days at each resort after that, with no blackout dates.
    2. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are members, so your 3 Peak Pass will give you 50% off a day pass for up to 5 days at each member resort.

    The resorts – some of the best in the world – are in the US, Canada, France, NZ, Australia, South America and Japan. They include Alta Ski Area, Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Mammoth Mountain, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sugarbush, Sun Valley, Taos Ski Valley, Telluride Ski Resort, and Thredbo Alpine Village.

    Global Affiliates include Valle Nevado, Chile; Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France; Hakuba Valley and Niseko United, Japan, where pass holders will get two days at each with The Mountain Collective pass, or the member discounts on your NZSki pass.

    The full Mountain Collective Pass is now priced at $469USD per adult (around NZ$650) and $99US per child 12 years and under for the 2017-2018 season.

    Also new is that existing partners Alta, Snowbird in the USA and Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise in Banff National Park Canada will now operate as individual destinations so that you can use two days at each resort.

    Additional benefits available to the Mountain Collective pass holders include exclusive lodging deals and a complimentary one-year Protect Our Winters membership, whose mission is to unite the winter sports community on the important issue of climate change.

    Our advice is that if you are travelling to any of the resorts on your 3 Peak Pass to check in with them about your getting your member pass discounts. Mountain Collective Passes are only available online at www.MountainCollective.com. The individual mountain resorts including Coronet Peak and The Remarkables do not sell these passes.

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    16 Aug 2017

    Alice Robinson and Willis Feasey were crowned national champions at Coronet Peak

    Alice Robinson and Willis Feasey were crowned National Giant Slalom Champs in Solid Day of Racing for NZ Skiers Queenstown, New Zealand (7 August 2017) – The New Zealand Alpine National Championships & Coronet Cup hosted by Coronet Peak, the official ski area partner of the New Zealand Alpine Ski Team, got underway in Queenstown with the Giant Slalom (GS) first on the agenda.

    A large international field of 60 women and 84 men tackled the course set on the Outwide Run in the Rocky Gully Race Arena. Alice Robinson and Willis Feasey were crowned national champions. The women were the first on course and Alice Robinson one of the last to start, wearing bib 54. Her first year competing in the FIS (International Ski Federation) open women’s field, the fifteen-year-old Queenstown local was excited to be racing in her first national championships and enjoying “competing with more intensity.”

    Describing her first run as “pretty wild” she was the fastest of the NZ women in run one, flying through the course and into third place overall, 0.49s behind the USA’s Storm Klomhaus in first place. Defending national champion Piera Hudson (Havelock North/Wanaka) knew she had her work cut out for her after a frustrating first run, looking for a smoother second run to bump her up from fifth place overall. Georgia Willinger was the third fastest Kiwi woman on run one, sitting thirteenth overall and determined to “go for it on run two” with a more aggressive approach.

    In the men’s field, defending champion Willis Feasey (Twizel) made a solid start, skiing into second place overall, 0.43s behind Slovakia’s Andreas Zampa and feeling confident that he would be able to pick up the pace in run two. “I know I can be faster. I’m in a good position for the second run, I just need to send it.” Team mate Adam Barwood (Queenstown) had a clean first run, skiing to third overall and ready to “take more risks” on run two. Jackson Rich was the third fastest of the NZ men after the first run, skiing from bib 55 into 36th place.

    After a course reset run two got underway but competitors were challenged by rapidly softening snow and flat light. With the top thirty racers running in reverse order, Robinson was the last of the NZ women in podium contention to race. Keeping a calm head and ticking off all the technical cues she attacked the course and pushed through, not only to secure the national title, but to claim the overall win.

    “I’m really happy,” says Robinson. “I came here today really wanting to claim the title so it’s awesome. “Third position is a good place to attack from on run two and I’ve been skiing well on the second runs so I was feeling pretty good.” Robinson finished 0.14s ahead of Storm Klomhaus, with Bettina Schneeberger (SUI) third. Piera Hudson was the second fastest of the NZ women, finishing fourth overall. Georgia Willinger finished in ninth place to round out the national podium.

    Willis Feasey had a bitter sweet end to his day, claiming the national GS title for the fourth year in a row but not quite ticking off his goal of winning overall. A small slip at the top of the course lost him valuable time and saw him finish in second place 0.98s behind Zampa. “I’m happy to take the title but I really wanted the win,” he said. Third place went to Czech racer Krystof Kryzl while NZ’s Adam Barwood felt the frustration of his fourth place finish, albeit enough for second spot on the national podium. Jackson Rich was pleased to finish third amongst NZ racers in his first national championships, placing him 30th overall.