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A heavy fall of snow has blanketed Southern Lakes skifields.

Coronet Peak ski area manager Nigel Kerr said over the weekend there had been more than 40cm of snow covering  the mountain.

“We’re opening on June 16, which might seem far away but it’ll fly by.”

Cardrona Alpine Resort spokeswoman Jen Houltham said it had had more than 50cm of snow since Friday night.

The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence believed 25cm-30cm fell during the storm cycle.

“It has been a slow-moving southeasterly. We have snow down to the 8km mark on the road. I think it is basically over now, just sucking cloud out of the east, meant to be clearing overnight tonight [Sunday].”

Treble Cone had 25cm-30cm of snow and spokesman Dayrel Williams said the “drift will make it look more impressive”.

MetService meteorologist Melissa Oosterwijk said snow fell to between 700m and 800m on Saturday.

Temperatures were set to rise over the next  few days, and more snow was unlikely, she said.

The occasional dumping of snow was not unusual for this time of year, she said.