A slow road home for skiers

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Some skiers spent almost half a day getting down The Remarkables after bad weather blitzed Queenstown’s skifields last Saturday. 

Katie Graham, 23, recalls being stuck on a bus which took five hours to creep 14km down the ski area access road following a 33cm snow dump. 

“There was a bit of a laugh on the bus, joking about for the first couple of hours, but it got to the stage where everyone was silent for the last couple of hours,” Graham says. 

The Brazz restaurant waitress boarded a shuttle at 4.30pm – and finally got off in downtown Queenstown about 9.30pm. “When we got off the mountain everyone was cheering,” she says. 

Thirteen cars were abandoned along the mountain road and some punters opted to ride the snow down rather than waiting. 

“We were sitting on the bus and they were whizzing past,” Graham says. 

This week’s fresh powder – with 45cm recorded at Coronet Peak – is welcome news for the resort’s skifields.
Stunning conditions are set to continue for a few more days, NZSki boss James Coddington says.

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