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Remarkables Ski Field Development

Client:  NZSki        Client Ref:  Q1143 

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Contract Description

Skifield development of the Curvey Basin chairlift and trail, earthworks for the new base building & learners slope area.  Extensive earthworks for three new carparks and new access road alignment.  Intensive and detail tussock re-vegetation to all earthwork areas, working closely with DOC & NZSki staff.  With approximately 150,000 m3 of earthworks at Alpine altitude this was a serious project.


In the summer of 2013-14 NZSki undertook the development and installation of the Curvey Basin trail and new 6 seater detachable chair, along with extensive learners slope, carparking, earthwork and access road re-alignment. The site development, chairlift & infrastructure projects were in conjunction with the $24,000,000 new base building development a year later.  

The Curvey trail with 90,000 m3 of rock cut to fill and 6.4 hectares of alpine re-vegetation was resource demanding with D9 bulldozers, a 60 tonne excavator and numerous dump trucks required.The learners slope, carpark and roading with a further 53,000 m3 of cut to fill and 5 hectares of tussock re-vegetation, 8,000 m3 of roading gravel and 560 m3 of gabions required further resourcing.

All works were to be completed in a 7 month summer window period of October to May.  All works, and in particular the native alpine re-vegetation were finished to meet DOC’s alpine reserve standard and resource consent requirements.

This was Base’s largest and most demanding alpine earthworks & civil project.  All works were completed in spite of an early winter arrival.

Base staff

Michael Stroud (Project Manager) , many others

Subcontractors used

  • Contrax Central – Cromwell based earthmoving

  • Alpine Drilling – extensive blasting 

  • Fulton Hogan – pavement & gabion walls

Suppliers used

  • Maccaferri 

  • Mico 

  • Hynds

  • Scope Resources

  • Clarke Machine Hire 

Health & Safety

7 months of heavy plant, intensive works – no incidents or issues.  An early May winter caused challenging conditions for all. 

Further Notes 

This project was followed the next summer by the construction of the new base building, further carpark construction and a new waste water retention in ground system by Base.

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