Coronet Peak is committed to caring for our planet and ensuring snow for future generations by implementing excellent environmental management practices.
We encourage all our guests to ride-share or to take our buses up the mountain to help cut carbon emissions down.
One of our buses can offset 50-60 car trips. In 2018 this meant our buses eliminated over 52,000 car trips to our Queenstown ski areas.
On the Snow
Our snowmaking machines are state of the art which means they’re energy efficient when using both power and water to make snow. All the water in our snow making reservoirs is recycled, coming from natural sources like rain or snow melt.
Our fleet of groomers are being upgraded with new PB600s featuring SnowSAT. SnowSAT is a program that allows our team to groom slopes more efficiently. As they drive over snow, SnowSAT measures the amount of snow underneath the groomer ensuring we only take it from areas where there is excess and push it to areas that need it. This new system means 15% less power and diesel used when grooming our slopes.
In our restaurant and café we have employed numerous efforts to reduce our waste including:
- Eliminating almost all single-use plastic food packaging in the restaurants, serving food in ceramic dishware or compostable/recyclable boxes
- Removed all paper coffee cups and replaced with ceramic dishes
- Removed paper cups from drinking fountains and replaced with re-usable ones
- Removed all single packet sauces and replaced with catering size bottles allowing guests to fill their own biodegradable sauce container
Food & Beverage Recycle
All of our glass waste heads off the mountain to a glass crusher. This turns glass bottles into a sand-like substance that is then used to bed pipes in the ground in summer during development projects. Our sister mountain at The Remarkables also uses the glass crusher and it means our glass waste doesn't have to go any further than Queenstown, significantly reducing carbon emissions.