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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)
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Snow In The South! (22-Jun-09)

Fresh Peaks, June 22, 2009 - The month of May saw an early season

The month of May saw an early season beginning for a couple of lucky resorts in New Zealand marking the beginning of the snow season in the southern hemisphere.

Now as we head toward July, we start to hear from a few of the Australian resorts who bring mixed reports as their seasons begin.

Perisher’s season kicked off on June 13 with the resort reporting it received the ‘best snow in a decade’ for opening season.

Now a week in to the season, the resort has 15 lifts open and reports a 48cm base.


Perisher has also reported expected snowfall this week!

Mt Buller reported snow depths of more than half a meter (58cm’s) at the beginning of their season. The resort currently has 9 lifts operating with an average snow base of just under 50cm’s.

Their terrain park is open, and the best snow will be found on Baldy and Bourke St for the beginners moving on to Shakey Knees, Summit and Top LBS for intermediates and above.

Mt Hotham has seen a slightly slower start to their season, with 5 of their 13 lifts operating and a base of around 25cm. Hotham reported light snowfall on Sunday with further predicted snowfall above 1,700m.

New Zealand continues its great start to the season with The Remarkables opening for operation over the past weekend.

The resort reported an ‘awesome opening’ with all lifts operating and a snow base of 75cm.

The Remarkables follows on from Mt Hutt which currently holds a base of 102cm after 4cm of new snow on June 16.

5cm of snow also fell at Coronet Peak the same day, bringing the resorts base to 80cm for riders.

Mt Dobson also opened ahead of schedule and their website reports that they will operate every weekend until July 4, when it will then open seven days a week.

All other ski areas in the Mt Cook Mackenzie region are due to open in the coming weeks in time for school holidays.

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