BUMPER END TO SEASON IN NZ
11th September 2016
It looks like the weather Gods have saved the best till last. There were some of the best conditions of the season at the weekend after up to 70cm of fresh snow fell. NEW & UPDATED
The Remarkables saw some of the best of the snow after 65cm of fresh snow fell at the end of last week.
“All the snow this week has given our grooming team plenty to play with. Clear conditions with low temperatures has allowed our on piste trails to set up perfectly.There are still plenty of powder pockets around so ask one of our staff where the good spots are,” said a statement from the resort as the weekend got underway.
On Saturday the weather had lifted and the slopes opened.
Quite a few tured up to enjoy the powder weekend.
Coronet Peak saw 45cm of fresh snow.
Cardrona had a more modest 15cm but reports currents depths as 65cm on the lower slopes and 1.1m at the top of the resort.
Perhaps the best way to see the conditions in New Zealand is from the air.
It was certainly the time to take one of Mt Hutt’s helicopter tours.
And at ground level it was rather special:
We reported on all the snow falling in New Zealand in this earlier story on PlanetSKI.
It includes pictures, videos and details on around 80 people that were snowed in.
Then there were massive traffic jams as people went searching for fresh tracks once the weather cleared.
The temperatures are set to warm up this week, but conditions are expected to remain good.
“Our grooming team are reporting warm overnight temps and soft snow conditions on all main trails. Watch out for firm patches of snow appearing in high traffic areas. Pockets of tracked powder off-trail recommended for experts only,” said a statement from Mt Hutt.
Here at PlanetSKI we will shortly be bringing you pictures and information from South America so do check back for that.
Here is a taste of what’s to come:
Portillo by day:
Portillo by night:
It’s always snowing somewhere!
Meanwhile, there are signs in the Italian Dolomites that summer is turning to autumn – and we all know what comes after that.
PlanetSKI’s chief reporter, Jane Peel, arrived in San Vigilio di Marebbe in the Val Badia on Saturday 10th September and experienced a variety of climates on her first day in the mountains on Sunday.
There was warm sunshine, then cooler cloudy weather, followed by several massive downpours of chilly rain.
But the cows are still grazing up at their high-altitude summer home.
When they are led down to town – probably some time in the next month – we’ll know winter is well and truly on its way
And we can’t wait!
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