Canterbury ski resorts closed due to a lack of snow should get a reprieve this week.
A southerly front on Wednesday will bring cold temperatures, rain and snow down to 400 metres.
Mt Hutt has relied on snow makers to keep its main trails open, but Porters Ski Area, Mt Dobson, Roundhill, Ohau and Broken River remain closed.
Mt Hutt area manager James McKenzie said the last snow dump was on June 6 but rain had washed a lot of it away. The skifield was "managing to hold out because of the snow makers".
"It's the same across the South Island," he said.
"It's been pretty mild."
MetService duty forecaster Philippa Murdoch said the beginning of the week looked fine, but on Wednesday more wintry weather would arrive. "There will be scattered snow showers and as the week progresses, the snow level will continue to drop so that's good news for the skifields."
McKenzie said many Australians had been "impressed and surprised" by the snow depth.
- The Press
Have you had a ticket in the last five years?Related story: Canterbury speed camera use rises sharply
• Newsroom 03-943 2827 or email email@example.com
• Classified Ads: 03-3778778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Display and Online Ads: 03-3648285 or email email@example.com
• General inquiries: 03 379 0940
• Subscribe to The Press
• Deliveries, subscriptions, holiday stop/starts: 03 364 8464, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• No paper or holiday stop/starts: action online
• Buy a photo
• Newspaper subscribers - register for the digital edition
• Make press.co.nz your homepage
Read Press extras for Avenues, fashion, home design and weddings
Births, weddings, engagements
Death notices and in memoriam