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Snow is icing on the cake for ski fields

The Central App

Alexia Anderson

01 July 2024, 9:10 PM

Snow is icing on the cake for ski fieldsSnow Farm has transformed into a winter wonderland following yesterday's heavy snowfall. PHOTO: Sam Lee

Winter has arrived across Central’s nearby ski fields.

The wintry conditions, which swept across the district yesterday, have brought some relief to ski field operators as they prepare for a busy period over the school holidays from this weekend.

The Remarkables received 50cm of snow in the last 48 hours, while Treble Cone received 50cm in the past 24 hours, Cardrona received 30cm, and Coronet Peak got 9cm.

Snow Farm has also received a significant amount.

A team member from Coronet Peak gears up for a busy day following a substantial snowfall on the mountain earlier in the week. PHOTO: Coronet Peak

Skiiers and snowboarders make the most of fresh snow on Coronet Peak. PHOTO: Coronet Peak

A report on its website described the conditions in one word - “wow”.

“That’s about how we feel right now with over 70cm of new snow over the past 36 hours. We have our work cut out clearing snow around the base and getting trails open.”

General manager Sam Lee said the ski field was “pummeled” with snow.

Heavy snow falling over Snow Farm during yesterday's welcomed storm. VIDEO: Sam Lee

“It’s a great problem to have - it’s a problem we like.

“It’s the first time we’ve had a blanket of snow to kick the season off,” he said.

“It’s Christmas up here.”

Sam said yesterday’s conditions saw large snowflakes falling straight down, creating the feeling of being trapped in a snow globe.

About half the trails are open today and Sam hoped more would be open over the coming weeks.

He said holiday makers were expected to descend on Snow Farm from this weekend, particularly Central Otago families and Australian visitors.

A report on Coronet Peak’s website is also referring to today as “powder day”, thanks to the arrival of new snow, which includes 20cm at the top and 9cm at the bottom.

“Those snow dances have delivered. The low freezing level means we’ve also had the opportunity [to] run the snow guns for a nice little top up around the mountain.”

Grooming was now underway putting the finishing touches to the slopes for a day of skiing and snowboarding.

However, people are warned that the “soft sticky” snow from yesterday could prove tricky on the lower half of the mountain, but overall, it was expected to be a “great day”.

Remember to check out The Central App for a Skiing and Weather report before hitting the slopes and its Roads to make sure you get there safely.