Snow-capped peaks Down Under
At long last, it's the start of the winter sports season in Australia and New Zealand: this weekend sees the first ski resorts open for business, officially kicking off the winter 2014 season.
Perisher, in New South Wales, is Australia's biggest ski resort. The area is located just over 200 km from the Australian capital of Canberra and boasts 50 lifts and 1245 hectares of pistes. The resort was also one of the first in the southern hemisphere to use snow guns. Over 130 TechnoAlpin snow guns ensure that the slopes and trails at Perisher are in tip-top condition.
The management of Mt. Hotham also plan to open their slopes to skiers this weekend, thanks to a system comprising more than 70 TechnoAlpin snow guns. For several weeks now, technicians have been making the best use of every window in the weather to prepare the slopes.
In New Zealand, ski resorts are also gearing up for the start of the season. Among them is the ski resort named The Remarkables, which this year decided to create a brand new run, equipped with TechnoAlpin snow guns. The resort will open for business in around ten days' time, welcoming the first eager skiers of the season.
The other two resorts in the NZski group, Mt. Hutt and Coronet Peak, will instead open their pistes this weekend. Despite the fluctuating temperatures that have a feature of winters in recent years, the resorts still manage to offer excellent quality snow conditions from the start of June.
A snow-making system that functions effectively at marginal temperatures plays a very important, if not essential role, above all in temperature conditions that are still less than ideal for technical snow-making. It gives ski resort the opportunity to commence the snow sports season in the best way possible.
We wish those in the southern hemisphere a fantastic winter on the slopes!