Snow-laden Queenstown skifield on schedule for opening


A snow-laden Queenstown ski field is poised to fire up its snowguns in just over a week.

The weather gods have been smiling on Queenstown’s Coronet Peak with a second decent snowfall in a week leaving the popular field on track for its scheduled opening in early June.

A strong cold southerly delivered 9cm of snow to the Coronet Peak base building last night (Thursday) with 10 to 15cm of windblown snow up top.

Skiers determined to get ‘first tracks’ for the day were spotted skinning up to the summit to enjoy powder said to be knee-deep in places.

Coronet Peak ski area’s new manager Ross Copland says the mountain has a “great covering” of snow.

“It doesn’t get much better than this with two really good snowfalls in less than a week at this time of year. The mountain’s looking really stunning and the continued cold temperatures are the perfect reminder that winter’s well and truly on its way.”

Cold temperatures permitting, Coronet Peak’s 213 snow guns are all set to crank into action from May 18.

Coronet Peak is scheduled to open on June 8 followed by Queenstown sister field The Remarkables on June 22. Canterbury’s Mt Hutt opens on June 15.