Work will begin this month to seal 4km of The Remarkables ski area road in Queenstown, as part of a $45 million redevelopment of the area.
The road, which can be challenging to drive even in fine conditions, will be sealed to the 4km mark, just past Windy Point, in time for the 2014 season, which is expected to open in June.
NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson said the rest of the road will be sealed over the next few years.
"We're ... doing this section of road now because the new high-speed Curvey Basin lift and other developments at The Remarkables will attract far more skiers and snowboarders to the mountain this season," he said.
''We love what we've got to offer at The Remarkables and we're keen to share that with as many people as possible," he said.