The Coronet Peak lodge has undergone a multi million dollar makeover since the 2007 snow season. Four restaurants with one main central kitchen will serve up a variety of cuisine to skiers and boarders riding the upgraded slopes. Conference facilities are a new addition and the existing sundeck has been expanded and heated. Ticketing, storage and rental areas welcome upgraded space as does the child care facility. Overall the exterior of the lodge looks every dollar of the $30 million upgrade with timber, glass and stone combined to create a contemporary ski lodge. Taking their queue from North America's richer resorts of Aspen, Telluride and the like, Coronet Peak have created a VIP Members only club, The Peak Club, with it's own club facilities within the base lodge. Coronet Peak is traditionally the first to open in Queenstown each season and - with automated snowmaking tripled over the summer to 205 guns - snow is practically guaranteed from day one. The official launch of the new facilities is on June 28 with an opening ceremony as part of Queenstown's annual Winter Festival, a ten day event of parties and mountain mayhem that takes over the resort town. Coronet Peak is expecting record numbers for this season and with an early start to winter, the resort experienced 1.1 metres in two days last week, it will be no surprise. Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for the latest snow reports and news at New Zealand ski resorts.