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Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

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)
Season extension and half price passes

Mt Hutt Ski Area To Open After Epic Snowstorm (18-Aug-11)

Canterbury’s Mt Hutt ski area is set to re-open tomorrow....

Canterbury’s Mt Hutt ski area is set to re-open tomorrow (Thursday August 18) after New Zealand’s biggest snow storm in 50 years dumped 80cm of fresh dry powder on its slopes.

The mountain was closed for three days as the storm closed the access road and left huge drifts burying parts of the base building and lift stations.

Big Dump at Mt Hut

Mt Hutt lifties dig out a lift station on the mountain following a snowstorm that delivered 80cm of powder

Three ski patrollers, four groomer drivers, two custodians and a road contracting crew trapped on the mountain made good use of their time digging out doors and pathways. Today they were joined by more than 75 staff who finally reached them once the road access was cleared.

“The mountain’s looking absolutely great with 80cm of new snow especially in the inner basin and some wind affected areas,” said ski area manager David Wilson.

“The contrast has been huge with 2m to 3m snowdrifts around the lifts and base building, but in others the wind has stripped out the snow.

“This snowfall will change us completely for the rest of the season, it’s just fantastic.

“We still need to do a lot of work but we’re all steam ahead to be ready for at least a partial opening first thing tomorrow subject to weather and conditions.

“This has really set us up for the thousands of keen skiers and boarders from Canterbury and overseas who are just itching to get up here for some amazing first tracks in some serious powder.

“Now the storm has done its stuff, we’re looking forward to some glorious sunny weekend weather.”

NZ Ski

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