Snowfall big boost for Rainbow Atomic Masters

SIMON BLOOMBERG
Last updated 10:52 23/08/2012
Rainbow ski area
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READY: Ryah Blakemore, left, and Nika Holland at Rainbow last Friday.

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There's plenty of snow and now all Rainbow Ski Area needs are some more fine days to turn a good season into a great one.

Things were looking good at Rainbow after a big snowfall in June resulted in an early start to the season and skiers flocking to the skifield during the July school holidays.

But spokesman Hamish Neill said it had been hard work since then with the wet weather causing a major slip on the road and slowly melting the snow.

Now after 45 centimetres of snow in the past week, Hamish was hoping Rainbow would be set for a good finish to the season.

‘‘We are on a par with last year at this stage,’’ he said. ‘‘We had a good start and a good school holidays but then it started raining and the snow started disappearing.

‘‘We also had a major slip close the road on July 15. We thought that was a gamestopper but the contractors [Edridge Contracting] did a great job clearing that.

‘‘The guys on the skifield have also done a great job making and farming snow and pushing it around to keep all the main runs open. It’s too late to make snow now so these latest falls we’ve had are great. All we need now is some fine weather.’’

Hamish said the club had a number of events organised including the Rainbow Atomic Masters this weekend and the AMI Regional Inter-Primary School champs on September 12 and the annual Slush Challenge on September 22.

‘‘These events are a lot of fun and they are open to anyone. You can enter on the day and if you don’t enter there’s still plenty of room for everyone else – it’s a very big skifield.’’

The Atomic Masters ski racing is open to all skiers over 30 with giant slalom races on Saturday and slalom on Sunday.

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