Diehard snow fans have extra time to carve up the white stuff – Coronet Peak is staying open for another week.
The mountain was scheduled to close this Sunday, but stellar snowfall in recent weeks – with almost a metre at Coronet – means the slopes will stay open until October 10, weather and conditions permitting.
It means youngsters can don skis and boards during the school holidays, but the fun definitely won’t be extended further.
Coronet Peak ski area manager Hamish McCrostie says conditions are fantastic.
“It’s just phenomenal on the mountain – spring skiing at its best. People really do want us to keep the mountain open as long as possible so they can make the most of the conditions,” he says.
Although Coronet Peak is shutting shop later than usual, this season doesn’t come close to the 1981 record, when the hill was open until October 20.