White winter arrives on cue

Last updated 17:02 26/06/2012

SNOWBOUND: Queenstown from the Skyline today.

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Queenstown is buzzing after overnight snowfalls brought snow downtown and turned the resort and surrounding mountains into a winter wonderland.

Queenstown’s closest ski area Coronet Peak reported approximately 30cm of snow overnight, while ‘sister’ ski field The Remarkables notched up 20cm and Cardrona Alpine Resort received 25cm.  Snow showers are continuing today.

The snow made a timely appearance for Queenstown’s annual Winter Festival, the resort’s longstanding celebration which marks the official start to winter. 

The 10-day event includes on-mountain action, fireworks, street parties, concerts, comedy, free family fun, and a mix of internationally acclaimed performers and home-grown acts.

Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd said the timing couldn’t have been better. “Mother Nature has definitely come to the party!”

The wintry blast brought over 35cms of fresh snow to, Treble Cone in Wanaka, topping up the snow base in time for opening day on Thursday.

With further snowfalls forecast and ideal snow making temperatures, skiers and boarders will enjoy good conditions in the Home Basin, for their first turns of the season. To toast the opening a celebratory glass of Amisfield bubbles will be served on the plaza at 11am.

“We are excited to get the 2012 season underway and with a forecast of more snow from the Nor’ West over the next three days we are very positive about opening up more of the mountain in time for the school holidays next week,” said Dave Crotty, Treble Cone’s slopes manager.

“The snow groomers have been working hard moving snow around, packing and grooming the runs to create optimum snow conditions.”

Over 170 staff from all over the globe were finalising their training this week in preparation for the opening and school holidays. The staff is looking forward to ensuring smooth running of the mountain’s facilities and to welcome the season’s first clients.

For the 2012 season Treble Cone has made many improvements to its world class resort, including the development of the Jazz Fun Park as well as upgrades to the café, electronic ticketing system and trail maps.

The current snow base is 45cm in the Home Basin. Treble Cone will open on Thursday with the first lift at 9am. For further information, snow reports and web cams, visit  treblecone.com.

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