Cold snap hits Queenstown

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Queenstown has been hit with a blast of wintry weather – with snow blanketing both skifields.

It comes as ex-tropical cyclone Gita hit parts of New Zealand.

A slip on the Queenstown side of the Crown Range summit damaged the road and a guardrail today, but traffic wasn’t affected, Queenstown council says.

City Hall contractors were at the site, which is below chain-fitting bay five.

Coronet Peak ski area manager Nigel Kerr says there was about 10-15cm of snow at the base, with more higher up, this morning.

“It is still snowing and very cold,” he says.

“It’s unusual to see snow in February. We think it bodes well for winter ahead.”

At The Remarkables, ski boss Ross Lawrence says an average of 50cm of snow was blanketing the mountain today.

“Remember it is only February so the sun will come out again soon.”

ed@scene.co.nz