More resorts set to open in NZ
5th July 2016
The snow is stubbornly refusing to fall but resorts are making the best of it and more are about to open this weekend. In Australia & South America winter is underway. UPDATED
It all started so well in New Zealand with record-breaking conditions as the season got underway last month – see here for our report from the time.
But sadly it turned out to be a bit of a false start – most resorts are open but not all of them.
Porters ski area remains closed as Mother Nature refuses to provide.
“Some years it works out, some years it doesn’t. We’re fairly confident that we’ll be open by the end of the week. “We had a lot of snow at the beginning of June. Everything was covered, then we went through that warm stage. Unfortunately it came a little too early for us,” said the General manager of Porters, Uli Dinsenbacher.â€‹
“In our industry you’re always hopeful. There’s a lot of things you can’t control . . . so you’ve got to make the most of it,” he added.
This weekend though some areas are opening in time for the New Zealand school holidays
“It’s been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to get to this point. We’ve made every snow flake up here. We’re obviously beyond delighted to open this weekend,” said Coronet Peak’s ski area manager, Ross Coplands.
Coronet Peak’s 217-strong snowmaking system has used 51.5m litres of water when temperatures have allowed over the past 16 days.
That has produced 129,000m3 of snow.
The result is a 30 to 40cm snow base on the upper part of the mountain and 10-15cm at base, with more snowmaking expected to add to that ahead of the weekend.
This weekend there will be an airbag down on the deck and a DJ spinning tunes along with a host of other events.
Mt Hutt is open with claimed depths of 20cm.
“Right now, we haven’t had the cycles of what we used to get, that’s for sure,” said the Mt Hutt Ski Area general manager of operations, James Urquhart.
Recent cold temperatures have at least allowed the cannons to be switched on at Mt Hutt and other areas.
The Remarkables is perhaps the best place to head for with its higher altitude and arsenal of snow cannons that can push out 110 litres a second onto its slopes.
It also has a host of other events taking place including the GoPro Mountain Bikes on Snow, Skin to the Summit, DB Export Dog Derby, Mountain Mayhem and Monster Energy Slopestyle.
The resort and surrounding area have seen an influx of Australians – though the conditions have been pretty good back in Australia as we reported in this earlier article on PlanetSKI.
“We’ve had a great start to winter and support for the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival has been at an all-time high, with good numbers both in town generally and attending Festival events,” said Destination Queenstown CEO, Graham Budd, to local media.
“There’s a great buzz on the street as lots of visitors enjoy the huge range of activities Queenstown has to offer on a winter holiday, both on and off the mountains. Anecdotally, numbers seem strong,” he added.
As we mentioned it has been pretty good in Australia:
And none too shabby in South America as we reported earlier:
Some snow is forecast for New Zealand and we will be updating this article as the weather develops so do check back later.
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