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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

New Zealand Shiver Following First Falls Of Snow (08-Apr-09)

New Zealand Ski, April 8, 2009 - Winter made a brief appearance in New Zealand

Winter made a brief appearance in New Zealand yesterday bringing light snow falls and chilly temperatures at leading resorts throughout the country.

Canterbury’s Mt Hutt ski resort, near Christchurch, received 20 cm of snow with some areas of the access road receiving over half a metre. 

In the North Island, Mt Ruapehu received a good dusting yesterday and expected some more snow today.

Further south, near Wanaka the surrounding mountains were lightly covered in snow.  James Helmore, General Manager of Lake Wanaka Tourism advises, “It was a reminder that winter is just around the corner”. There were reports of 5 cm of snow at the top of Treble Cone.

The Remarkables, near Queenstown was dusted with 10cm of snow. According to Ross Lawrence, The Remarkables Ski Area Manager, “The mountain is buzzing with anticipation for the season ahead”. 

A similar amount of snow fell on Coronet Peak, located just across the valley.  Coronet Peak’s Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie acknowledges the snow won’t stay for long. “Whilst the snow fall at this time won’t stick around until winter it certainly is a timely reminder that winter is on the way. It also serves to reinforce the long range forecast of a longer, colder winter for the South Island this year”. 

A characteristic of skiing and riding in New Zealand are the long, snow laden seasons. Last season’s great falls ensured ski resorts were open well into October with one – Turoa on Mt Ruapehu – open until 16 November.   

This season Coronet Peak is the first ski area due to open on 6 June.

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