Skifields wait for snow

Dire snow conditions are keeping Queenstown and Wanaka ski resorts closed but a cold snap this week could bring some joy to those eager to get on the mountains.

The Remarkables Ski Area in Queenstown and Treble Cone in Wanaka are waiting on a much needed snow dump and colder conditions before they can turn on the lifts and kick off this year's season.

NZSki manager of the Remarkables skifield Craig Douglas said it was hoped a forecast this week which included some snow from tomorrow would eventuate to allow snow coverage on the mountain and snow making conditions improve.

Staff were "certainly eager to get up the mountain and start work", he said.

Douglas said at this stage it was too early to indicate when the resort would be opening.

Treble Cone delayed its opening on Thursday but were planning to open as soon as possible.

Snow Farm, in Cardrona, opened on Saturday despite recent rain and warm conditions.

The Southland Times