The summer Sky Waka operation closed for the season on Sunday 22nd March.
On Saturday 21st March, the New Zealand Government announced new alert levels for COVID-19 and placed the country on Alert Level 2. This quickly moved to Alert Level 4 as at 11.59 pm 25th March. This means New Zealand was due to be on complete lockdown for at least four weeks, so during this time the Sky Waka and our associated outlets would need to close. Our team has been in touch with anyone who has purchased a Sky Waka ticket or made a reservation for lunch or dinner for the future, to make other arrangements.
Now that Alert Level 2 is in place again, the RAL operational teams are back on the mountain doing general maintenance tasks in preparation for the winter ski season. With the current uncertainty around when the alert level will be reduced further, we have paused as much expenditure as is practical whilst keeping the business operating. Our team has made sacrifices themselves to set RAL up for success in the future; a number of our team are on discretionary leave, are working reduced hours from home and have on average taken a 40% reduction in pay as we navigate through this period of uncertainty. We have also been granted the government wage subsidy to allow us to keep all our current staff engaged with the business during the lockdown period and beyond.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and an unprecedented time in our company’s, and New Zealand’s history. We will continue to update you with any changes or developments via our social media platforms and website.
We thank everyone who visited us over the summer to date, and given such great feedback about your experiences with us – it’s been a fabulous first summer with the Sky Waka in operation.
For our winter guests, rest assured we will continue our planning and preparation for winter, and as soon as the situation becomes clearer in terms of which facilities will be operating, we will provide further updates.
For more information on COVID-19, see the Ministry of Health website <<here>>.