Mid season snow sets up South Island Ski Areas

Posted by Travel News in Travel News
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
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Coronet Peak is open today and enjoying 30cm of snow at the top of the mountain, and 10cm at the Base.  The Remarkables and Mt Hutt are closed today due to high winds and continuous snowfalls, but will have superb conditions when the weather clears.

Ross Lawrence, ski area manager at the Remarkables, watched the snow come in. “What started out as light snow through the day yesterday accumulating around 8cm on the ground, ramped up overnight to be 20cm around the base facility and as much as 40cm up in Sugar Bowl & Shadow Basin. We are super stoked to have the ski area ‘blanketed’ in new snow. He said.

 At Mt Hutt the grooming, patrol and road clearing teams are on the mountain waiting for things to kick off.  “Everything is white again and we are getting occasional glimpses through the cloud of a mountain transformed. If it continues to dump as promised, it should be pretty epic when we get open again” said James McKenzie, Mt Hutt’s ski area manager.  “It started snowing on and off late last night and has been increasing through the morning”. He said. We are expecting a SE change (currently Easterly) this afternoon, lower temps and more snow which should improve things significantly on the lower mountain”.

Skiers and boarders at Coronet Peak are making the most of the new snow.  Craig Haartsen from Melbourne said he was pretty excited to see the new snow at the top of Greengates express. “We heard 30cm of new snow so now this lift is open it should be good” he said.

With over two months of the ski season still to go, James Coddington, CEO of NZSki is pleased with how the season is going on all three ski areas.  “New snow on all the mountains is great to see heading into August.  The snowmaking guns are on automatic and will fire up as soon as temperatures allow. There’s a lot more skiing and riding to be done yet”. He said. 

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