|Bumper Beginning to Ski Season in Queenstown, NZ
05 Jun 09
|Heavy snow falls throughout May and early June combined with consistent cold temperatures mean the Southern skifields are in superb shape for the start of the 2009 winter season.
More snow is forecast to fall this later this week and Queenstown’s closest skifield Coronet Peak is scheduled to open this Saturday (6th June). The Remarkables, Cardona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone are all planning to open later in the month.
Destination Queenstown CEO Stephen Pahl said it was a fantastic start to the season, the best in many years, and the combination of several very positive factors pointed to a bumper winter.
“A snow holiday in Queenstown will be more attractive than ever this year to both New Zealanders and Australians. A low Kiwi dollar, easy and inexpensive access into Queenstown and an impressive snow base has drawn excellent winter bookings for the resort. Basically, it’s never been a better time to book a Queenstown winter holiday.”
Visitors from Australia can take advantage of 15 trans-Tasman flights from Air New Zealand and Qantas flying direct into the resort each week, and domestic connections from Air New Zealand and Jetstar.
“Queenstown is a unique and highly attractive destination for Australians, there is no similar four season lake and alpine resort there, and along with the other positive factors, our ski lift pass prices are far more affordable than Australian ski destinations.
For Australians on holiday there is so much to do in Queenstown. It’s not just about skiing and mountains although its fantastic to take advantage of having six skifields within an hour and a halfs drive. There’s also a huge range of activities and an ambience that’s best enjoyed over a hot chocolate or glass of wine.”
The 35th birthday of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival promises an extraordinary celebration of winter between 26th June and 5th July with a range of events staged at Coronet Peak and in town. In late August (21st to 30th) the inaugural Winter Games NZ begins – the only event of its kind outside the Winter Olympics.
Ji Min Kim is a visual artist from Korea and comes to the Christchurch Arts Centre from Changdong Art Studio (run by the National Museum of Contemporary Art) and will be resident from 4 May to 5 July. Kim’s residency is the New Zealand component of a collaboration between the Arts Centre, The Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Korea Foundation. Concurrently to Kim’s visit here, Dunedin based artist Kushana Bush will travel to Changdong for a residency.
Kim’s sculptural installations delve into consumerism and the power of the brand. By sewing together thousands of labels of ubiquitous, coveted brands (Nike, Levi, Adidas and the like), he creates large objects that are on their face visually arresting, yet simultaneously critique the ‘label’ and its power. Whilst here, Jimin plans to install an adaption of this work The Fan and document every stage of its construction and de-construction photographically. Tae-man Choi writes in his article “A Black hole empty yet inescapable”.
The Fan, suggestive of Kenneth Noland and Frank Stella’s Hard Edge or Minimalist mode, refers to an electric fan or a fan as its shape indicates. As the English word ‘fan’ means the frenetic lover or supporter, the discs made of labels can be seen as black holes. These infinitely expanding black holes signify the pitfalls into which we fall in consumer society of the abysses where our desire for consumption and possession is incessantly stimulated.
photos by Heather Hapeta