New Zealand's premier ski area company nzski.com is set to repeat the blistering success of last year's triple mountain season pass that slashed the cost of a winter on snow.
This year the company has gone one better, with a new nzskipass offering unlimited skiing or snowboarding at four New Zealand ski areas for the 2002 season.
The new pass will include Canterbury's Mt Hutt, and Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in Queenstown. New in 2002 is the addition of Ohau Snow Fields in North Otago.
The 2002 nzskipass goes on sale on Monday February 11 at an early price special of $399 for an adult and $299 for a child. The early pass price offer will be available until April 8 2002 when it will increase to a shoulder season and later a full price rate.
Nzski.com general manager Duncan Smith said the nzskipass built on the phenomenal success of nzski.com's triple mountain pass in 2001.
"The aim then was to enable as many Kiwis as possible to enjoy the wonderful experience a day on the mountain can offer, with the value and convenience of a season pass.
"Thousands bought the passes, and proved that a season pass is no longer just for the dedicated enthusiast, but for those who want a choice of when and where to go, and for how long."
"Now we're offering an even greater choice at a price that is incredible value for money."
Mr Smith said nzski.com had a long-term vision to foster participation in snow sports, and continued to build on that.
"Adding Ohau enables people to not only enjoy another beautiful scenic ski area, but also to make the most of their pass and see more of the South Island. The trip between Christchurch and Queenstown via Inland Scenic Route72, the backbone of New Zealand, is truly spectacular."
The nzskipass will also continue to offer the unique benefit of free skiing at Vail resort in Colorado for their 2002 winter season. The offer is subject to nzskipass holders booking with nominated preferred travel agents and staying at Keystone Resorts.
nzski.com sales and marketing manager Ginny Douglas-Clifford said there had been an exceptional uptake on the 2001 free lift pass at Vail.
"Avid skiers have been delighted with the ease at which they could ski an American resort at a reasonable cost, and we're delighted to offer the Vail deal again this year," she said.
In New Zealand, the nzskipass will provide holders with a range of other benefits including discounts on heliskiing, accommodation, and lift passes at Treble Cone ski area in Wanaka.
Other passes available from nzski.com until April 8 include an adult season pass for The Remarkables only for $299. The child and senior rate is $199. Children aged ten and under continue to get free day passes at The Remarkables.
Cantabrians and those who enjoy the long season at Mt Hutt will welcome the return of the Mt Hutt midweek only season pass, valid Monday to Friday. It is also available until 8 April for $299 for adults and $199 for children and seniors. The pass entitles holders to weekend discounts at Mt Hutt.
Pass applications can be made at www.nzski.com
or application forms can be collected from nzski.com offices in Methven, Queenstown, Christchurch and at leading ski retailers.
Those who buy their nzskipass online will be in with a chance to win back the value of their season pass.
For further information please call:
General Manager Duncan Smith on 0274 321 928
Sales and Marketing Manager Ginny Douglas-Clifford on 025 317 070
Media Manager Fiona Woodham on 025 313 270