News and Events

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

Where To Ski and Board In September (04-Sep-11)

After an unexpected big snowfall in late July...

After an unexpected big snowfall in late July, August was a largely warm month across the Alps reports www.skiinfo.co.uk. The number of ski areas open for summer skiing and boarding was its lowest for more than 25 years at only nine, along with Timberline in Oregon. Glacial ice, where not covered over, was exposed in places as snow cover melted away.

Seven ski areas have however made it through to September and they should still be open – depending on what the weather does – and joined by more glacier ski choices in Austria at least, by the end of the month.

In France only Tignes is still open, with a rather thin 30cm base. It closes shortly but will re-open at the end of September and be the only French resort open for nearly two months.

Austria’s Molltal and Hintertuix glaciers are both open and scheduled to remain so. They’re
scheduled to be joined by the country’s highest slopes, at Pitztal, with a new lift and the surety of all-weather snowmaking from Israeli company IDE – at the end of the month. Others that may join them include the Stubai glacier as well as the Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun and Solden’s glaciers.

In Italy Passo Stelvio and Val Senales are still open, in Switzerland Saas Fee and Zermatt. Like Tignes, Timberline in the US is scheduled to close for a few weeks in mid-September before re-opening, it is still benefitting from the huge snowfalls on North America’s West coast last Winter and Spring.

In the southern hemisphere the 2011 ski season is due to start winding down in September. First to close is likely to be Southern Africa’s only ski area, Lesotho, which plans to end its season on September 5th, although it still has its maximum kilometre long slope 50cm deep in snow.

Conditions are generally good in South America where many resorts saw a slow start to winter in June and July but consistent if not as yet ‘epic’ snowfalls since.

New Zealand’s season has been even more polarised with their worse start to the season in memory in June after their warmest ever May, followed by the biggest snowfalls in three years in mid- August, meaning Turoa enters September with a three metre (10 foot) base. Conditions are also good in Australia which has had an epic winter by the country’s standards with one of the snowiest ever starts to winter and most resorts still sitting on at least a metre snow depths at the start of September.

 
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