Time for a spring ski fling as epic snow dump hits Queenstown

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An epic snow dump in Queenstown will see the resort’s ski fields through to the end of the season, a Queenstown mountain boss says.

Coronet Peak ski field boss Hamish McCrostie says they’ve had an extra 25 centimetres fall during the day – with more to come. 

“It’s a great return to winter. It’s going to see us through to the end of the season no problem.” 

Coronet Peak has penciled in October 3 as its final day whilst Queenstown’s other ski field up The Remarkables plans to finish on October 7. 

Cardrona’s ski areas between Queenstown and Wanaka all report generous helpings of the white stuff overnight, with huge flakes falling today (Friday) and more forecast for this weekend as part of a wintry blast hitting the country. 

Destination Queenstown chief executive Tony Everitt says the arrival of fresh snow will bring a bumper spring skiing season and there’s already an “awesome vibe” as snow continues to fall in downtown Queenstown. 

“The mountains and low lands are just plastered. It’s a winter wonderland here with trees, roof tops and hillsides blanketed in snow almost to lake level,” Everitt says. 

“This dump heralds amazing spring skiing and promises superb snow cover for the school holidays. It’s a perfect opportunity for winter lovers to head to Queenstown for a final spring ski fling,” he says. 

Cardrona spokesperson Nadia Ellis says last night saw a 30cm dump. 

“This is a huge fall for this time of year, it will take us into a record-breaking September,” she says. 

The Remarkables ski area boss Ross Lawrence says 40cm fell at his mountain. 

“This is set to continue through the next two or three days. We’re all geared up for an awesome school holidays. Once these skies clear, conditions will be absolutely magic for skiers and boarders,” he says.