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

Whistler Blackcomb Snow Gun Fleet Fires Up In Anticipation Of Upcoming Ski/Snowboard Season (12-Oct-08)

WHISTLER, BC, October 10, 2008 – Whistler Blackcomb has fired up its fleet of snow guns

Whistler Blackcomb has fired up its fleet of snow guns in anticipation of the upcoming winter season. 40 automated guns, of 269 total snow guns, have turned on as the freezing level started to creep down the mountains. The official opening day for Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains is November 27, 2008. Mother Nature blesses Whistler Blackcomb with over 33 feet of snow annually; the snow guns supplement by generating snow on the lower portion of mountains in early-season to provide a ski-out as soon as possible.

“With the crispness of fall in the air and the changing of the seasons, memories of last year’s phenomenal winter season is being triggered in ski and snowboard enthusiasts,” says Jodie McCutcheon, Whistler Blackcomb’s snowmaking manager. “With sightseeing and the bike park winding down this Thanksgiving weekend, attention is turning to the upcoming winter season. The firing-up of the snow guns represent the kick off to the winter season; it’s time to start getting your gear out and tuned for the winter!”

On average each year Whistler Blackcomb’s snowmaking team turns 130 million plus gallons of water into 650 acres/feet of snow. This is the equivalent of a football field covered in snow 650 feet high or the height of a 65 story building. Snowmaking begins at -2 Celsius.  As the temperature gets colder more water is put through each snow gun making more snow in less time. The temperature -15 Celsius provides maximum production out of each gun and Whistler Blackcomb continues to make snow will into the -20C. No chemicals are used to produce artificial snow at Whistler Blackcomb; just air and water.

With snow starting to fly, skiers and riders can do their own preparation for the upcoming season by purchasing their season pass or EDGE Card. The early bird price deadline for season passes is October 13, 2008 while EDGE Card early bird pricing ends November 21, 2008. Information can be found at Early booking accommodation offers, saving guests up to 30 per cent, are available at Current weather and snow information can be found at

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