Build up for Queenstown ski areas couldn’t be better’

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Queenstown snow field areas are covered from top to bottom thanks to heavy snowfall during the past two days.

Coronet Peak ski area boss Ross Copland says they couldn’t have had a better build-up just 11 days out from Coronet’s scheduled June 8 opening.

More than 20cm of powder snow has carpeted Coronet Peak in the past 48 hours, whilst snow guns have been running at capacity.

“We’ve all been stoked with the two really good falls we’ve had already this month so the snow over the past two days, covering the mountain from top to bottom, really is the icing on the cake,” Copland says.

Today’s snowfall of around 15cm since the early hours of the morning is still being topped up as heavy snow continues to fall.

“Officially it’s still autumn but I think everyone would agree that winter’s definitely arrived with a vengeance.

“Our first intake of staff are busy training and you can feel the excitement.”

At Queenstown sister field The Remarkables, 30cm of snow has fallen at the base building and the access road is closed.

The Remarkables is scheduled to open on June 22.