New season in New Zealand
This year's southern-hemisphere winter has officially begun. This week, the first snowfalls have been recorded in the ski fields of New Zealand, including Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mount Hutt.
Encouraged by the low temperatures, the ski center managers didn't wait long before starting up their snow-making systems.
The Coronet Peak Area Manager, Hamish McCrostie, says that the fresh snow has certainly spurred them to get going.
"With 3,50 inches of fresh snowfall last week and 5,50 more last night, the 2012 winter season is now officially under way. We are generating technical snow on the slopes as of this morning, and we'll be continuing throughout the day, as long as conditions remain favorable. We plan to set all 200+ snow-generators going within the week – the snow-making and snow-grooming teams are all raring to go already," reports McCrostie.
"With less than a month till opening time, we've now had as much as 10 inches of snow, including what came down last night, and that's great news for us. Technical snow-making begins next week," confirms Ross Lawrence, Ski Area Manager for The Remarkables. The slopes here will be taken care of by the almost 40 TechnoAlpin lances strategically positioned throughout.
Mount Hutt Manager James Urquhart advises skiers to planning now, to make the most of all the winter fun on offer. The little ski center here on South Island boasts 16 TechnoAlpin lances.
"The chair lifts are all set for use already, and today we started the technical snow-makers on the slopes. The snow transforms the Mount Hutt area into a real winter wonderland," says Urquhart.
Coronet Peak and Mount Hutt ski resorts open for the 2012 winter season on June 9th, and The Remarkables follows suit on the 16th.