Queenstown snow boss hails early dump in Canterbury

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Queenstown’s snow field operator is hailing the first white stuff of the season on its Canterbury ski area.

NZSki’s Mt Hutt ski field has been covered in 20 centimetres of snow at its base building and 1.5m snowdrifts in parts of the field up to the summit after a weekend cold snap.

The dump comes two months before Mt Hutt’s scheduled opening on June 15 and Coronet Peak in Queenstown’s hoped for start of June 8.

Queenstown-based chief executive James Coddington says it’s always difficult to predict the start of the season.

“But let’s hope it is an early sign of things to come. It’s fantastic to see some white gold on our mountains at this early stage and it’s certainly a reminder to all that winter’s on its way.

“Maybe Moon Man Ken Ring has got it right with his predictions of early and heavy snow this season.”

A handful of keen skiers and boarders trekked to the Mt Hutt summit this morning to mark their ‘first tracks’ of the 2013 winter season, and it also prompted around 1500 Facebook followers to excitedly take to social media, crowing about the snowfall.