Snow conditions ‘epic’ at Queenstown field’s opening

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It was tipped to be the best opening days up Queenstown’s Remarkables ski field in living memory – and it didn’t disappoint.

The Remarkables ski area, operated by NZSki, kicked off its season today with more than a metre of snow on its slopes – an upper mountain base of 110 centimetres and 75cm at the base building.

Not only that, all lifts and runs were operating with excellent snow coverage.

Ski area boss Ross Lawrence says thanks to the recent cold snap that’s hit the country conditions were “simply epic.”

More than 1500 skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes from 9am, with snow lovers and visitors in town for the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival champing at the bit to take advantage of the conditions.

“To be frank it’s not often that we have such amazing snow and the coverage we’ve got from Day One. I’m hearing lots of ‘yahoos’ as people get their first runs in and there’s plenty of smiles, plenty of good times,” Lawrence says.

“The timing couldn’t have been better and even though it’s pretty cold up here people have dressed for the conditions. It’s snowing which is what winter is all about.

“For the first time in a few years, we’ve got Homeward Run, the terrain park and TRIC big park features open and operating all from day one, so no surprise then that we’ve got lots of happy people up here.

“The season’s shaping up to be awesome. Bring it on.”

Remarkables Primary School students Holly McRae (Year 3), Alicia Webster (Year 4) and Reuben Thompson (Year 8) were on hand with mascots Spike and Shred to greet visitors throughout the morning.