Snow cancels flights but a windfall for skiers

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 05/09/2013
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GETTING ON WITH IT: Where snow stops some, it offers opportunity for others. Pictured: Takaro Road near Te Anau.

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Spring snow in Queenstown forced flights to be cancelled and skifields to close, but the dump's benefits would far outweigh any hassles it caused, many in the resort agreed.

Queenstown Airport had 10 cancelled flights, three delayed flights and two flights were diverted.

While Invercargill residents shivered in sleety showers, residents around Te Anau and other areas of Fiordland, were hit with heavy snowfalls. However, despite the snow, police reported no problems on the roads.

The Remarkables skifield was closed after getting 5 centimetres of snow overnight. Cardrona was closed, and tweeted their update at 7.22am.

"We are closed today due to blizzard conditions. See you tomorrow for a powder day."

However, Coronet Peak was open, and by 2pm had around 6cm of fresh snow which started falling about 8am.

Treble Cone was open, and had 5cm of fresh overnight snow, but the Saddle Quad chairlift was closed throughout the day.

NZSki sales and marketing manager Craig Douglas said the snow dumps were great for skiers and snowboarders who had been poised for fresh powder.

"Fresh snow is the lifeblood of our industry, and its been great to have Coronet open while snow has been falling and all snowmaking guns blazing," he said.

"Obviously, The Remarkables has been closed but there's been some great powder-gathering for what will be an amazing day when we reopen, and following that."

Tentative closing dates for Coronet Peak were pencilled in for September 29 at The Remarkables and October 6 for Coronet Peak.

These dates were flexible according to snow conditions.

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