SEASON ENDS DOWN UNDER
25th September 2016
As the first snow falls in the northern hemisphere the season in the southern hemisphere is ending. So how has it been? PlanetSKI reports. NEW
It has been a good winter in New Zealand with some resorts extending their season.
The Remarkables ski area in New Zealand was due to shut at the weekend – Sunday September 25th.
It has now announced that it will close a week later on Sunday October 2nd.
It has 80cm of snow at its base and 1.2m at the top.
“Traditionally we close The Remarkables a week ahead of Coronet Peak, but in view of current snow cover and forecast weather conditions we’ve made the decision to keep The Remarkables open for another week as the snow cover is exceptional up there,” said NZSki CEO, Paul Anderson.
Its sister resort of Coronet Peak closes next weekend.
We have reported on the snow Down Under across the season.
Meanwhile in Australia the season is ending too.
It’s a wrap from Charlotte Pass in New South Wales.
Mount Hotham closed this weekend.
Here is a closing statement from the resort.
“Welcome to the end! And what a fitting morning to close out this season with a little fog and a light damp mist in the village. There is not much wind and the temp is above zero so the snow is soft.
“We have lost a fair bit of snow in the last 48 hrs and there are brown patches that were not there yesterday morning but there is still plenty of snow out there and it is definitely worth getting out for your final turns of the season.
“Although the weather has been a little testing at times this year the snow conditions have generally been really fun and I reckon all in all it has been a pretty good season.
“Any year that sees HV running from the start of the June school holidays until closing day isn’t too bad…. and we had plenty of epic powder turns early on.
“I hope you scored your share of the great days. Have a beaut summer and see you all next year.”
However it all migh be a bit premature.
A huge snow storm is predicted for later in the week at some of the Australian resorts.
It will come just in time for Falls Creek that is set to close next weekend.
“One week to go at Falls. 9 lifts running, 60cm+ base. One mighty snowfall due Thurs/Fri.” said a statement from the resort.
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