Snow base on Coronet

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Snow has finally arrived – and will help Queenstown’s ski operators get ready to start the season.

Coronet Peak had 1cm fall overnight – with up to 5cm higher up the mountain – providing a great base for the snow-making machines to build on.

The slopes are set to open June 5 and Coronet Peak manager Hamish McCrostie says opening day was never in doubt but the snow, which will continue to fall throughout the day, gives them an extra boost.

“We are working towards [opening] June 5th and we are confident we will be ready to go,” he says.

Meanwhile, the weather bomb blasting the country looks likely to bypass the Wakatipu Basin.

The rain will clear on Thursday according to MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt and lake levels aren’t likely to be affected.

Other parts of Otago aren’t expected to be so lucky with Dunedin expecting to be saturated by 200 – 250mm of rain from yesterday until tomorrow.