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NEW ZEALAND WINTER NOT PLAYING BALL - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Sunday July 7, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Ski resorts in New Zealand are holding out for some decent snowfall. Things have been a little on the dry side.

New Zealand ski resorts have been relying on making snow until nature provides.

'Normally' main ski areas are all open by the end of June.

But this season it's not the case.

"The entire New Zealand ski industry's struggled with a very dry June," the area manager of Queenstown ski resort Coronet Peak, Nigel Kerr, has said.

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It's not looking great.

No huge accumulations of snow so far and none are expected in the forecast.

The snow fall at Coronet Peak is just 22cm.

It's looking a little better at the Remarkables and Cardrona, where there was a few centimetres of fresh this past week.

Treble Cone has had to delay its opening due to lack of snow.

It has announced it will open up limited terrain on Wednesday 10th July.

Mount Hutt has been relying totally on snow machines to make skiing possible.

We've reported previously about the skiing conditions in NZ during June.

Catch up here:

The season is shaping up to be similar to the last one.

That is, snow is arriving late.

A whole month late.

Cardrona resort spokesperson Bridget Legnavsky said last year's season arrived late but it turned out to be the best in 20 years.

Here's to positivity.

We all know the pain of waiting, hoping for nature to deliver.

Or not great conditions on our much awaited ski holidays.

It is a shame that New Zealand's school holidays have started with out a snow-bang for skiers and snowboarders Down Under.


Meanwhile over in Australia it's been a different story.

Big early storms brought much snow to the mountains, making it a great start to the sesson.

Here's a forecast for the coming week and expected snowfall:

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So, when the snow finally comes what's it like skiing in New Zealand?

PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, skied most of the resorts in the South Island on his 2018 road trip Down Under.

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