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Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
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Mammoth Mountain Celebrates Early Opening (18-Oct-09)

Mammoth, California, October 18, 2009 - Skiers and snowboarders lined up

Skiers and snowboarders lined up at chairlifts, sipped hot chocolate and rode down runs Friday on opening day at Mammoth Mountain.

The sunny day marked one of the earliest opening dates since the Eastern Sierra ski area opened back in the 1950s.

"We are absolutely ecstatic. We are really happy to open up four weeks early to give everyone an extra month of riding," said Dan Hansen, public relations manager for Mammoth. "The last time we opened this early in 1994 we stayed open until Aug. 13."

As of Friday morning about 3,500 people had showed up to take advantage of a free day of skiing and riding.

It was also opening day for businesses in the Main Lodge including rental, retail shops, the Broadway Marketplace and Tusks Bar.

The ski area was able to open courtesy of a massive storm that started at 7 a.m. Tuesday and lasted 24 hours.

The storm dropped 20 to 30 inches of snow at the Main Lodge at 8,900 feet.

Five to six feet of snow fell at the top of the mountain at 11,053 feet.

Mountain High Ski Resort in Wrightwood hoped to open last week but temperatures proved to be too warm.

The Boreal ski area in the Lake Tahoe area opened early, but has since closed.

"Mammoth's elevation helped us out because we have the highest elevation of any resort in California," said Hansen.

Hansen is hopeful this is the start of a good and long season.

"Everyone is predicting an El Nino year, so this is hopefully a good sign f things to come," he said. 

Early season rates will be in place starting today. Lift tickets will be $69 for adults, $51 for teens and $34 for children and seniors.

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