The Crown-land owners of the Central Otago attraction says "risk mitigation measures" may allow it to operate this summer.
Kiwi Water Park, in Central Otago, has been caught up in a six-month battle over a state highway upgrade into the facility.
With a population that's just shy of 600, the movie theatre has enough seats to house nearly half the town.
Sir Tim Shadbolt was a notable absentee from last night's mayoral debate.
The fashion, technology and owners may have changed over the years, but the ski field has remained a Queenstown icon.