Spring snow on the way
Skiers making most of fresh powderGRANT BRYANTIN QUEENSTOWN
Southern skifields are standing by for major spring snow dumps arriving with trans-Tasman storm fronts, which are predicted to reinvigorate mountain conditions.
NZSki general manager James Coddington said a significant amount of snow over the weekend meant locals and visitors were making the most of the fresh powder on Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.
‘‘It’s picture postcard winter skiing again, and with more (snow) in the forecast this week spring could provide us with some great skiing and snowboarding”.
Coronet Peak received 18 cm of fresh snow on Saturday, and freezing conditions meant snow-guns had been ‘‘blazing’’ since Saturday night.
The Remarkables has received 45 cm of fresh snow since Friday night, with Treble Cone recording 50 cm in the same period.
The forecast is for snow today and tomorrow with a freezing level down to 550m, meaning Queenstown’s central business district could receive snow on the ground overnight.
Great ski field conditions are predicted for Wednesday and more snowfall is forecast for Thursday, Friday and the weekend.
“We’ve waited patiently for these conditions, and it comes just in time for locals and visitors to ramp up those vertical metres before the end of the ski season in October,’’ Mr Coddington said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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