Snow welcomed at Queenstown ski areas


Fresh snow has finally arrived in the Southern Lakes.

Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona Alpine Resort are celebrating a healthy dumping of the white stuff over the past 24 hours thanks to a southerly weather system.

Coronet Peak received 30cm of new snow at the top of the mountain and 10cm at the base. The Remarkables, which was closed today due to high winds, got 20cm at the base and about 40cm in Sugar Bowl and Shadow Basin. 

The much-needed snowfall has come at the right time, following unseasonably warm temperatures. Ski fields have relied heavily on snow-making since the last major dump a month ago.

With more than two months of the ski season remaining, NZSki chief executive James Coddington says he’s pleased with how the season is going for the Queenstown ski areas and Canterbury’s Mount Hutt.

“New snow on all the mountains is great to see heading into August,” he says.

“The snow-making guns are on automatic and will fire up as soon as temperatures allow. There’s a lot more skiing and riding to be done yet.”

Cardrona Alpine Resort also received 15-20cm of new snow.

“Prior to this storm, conditions on trail had been excellent with thanks to a combination of low tempuratures, good grooming and snowmaking,” Cardrona marketing manager Nadia Ellis says.

“With dry, cold winter snow and pristine corduroy, Cardrona has been receiving plenty of positive comments from guests having a blast. It’s fantastic to see last night’s snow fall freshen up the mountain.”