'Extreme cold' boosts Mt Hutt snowmaking

20:46, Jul 17 2014

'Extreme cold' has allowed unprecedented snow-making to continue on Mt Hutt overnight.

Mt Hutt yesterday reported its best day since the South Island skifield opened on June 13 with sunshine, light winds and fresh man-made snow.

The skifield was open again this morning with its website stating that "extremely cold" overnight temperatures had allowed snowmaking "to continue at unprecedented" rates.

Popular runs, Hubers and Fascination, had improved markedly overnight, with soft snow on all groomed trails. However, many rock hazards remained ruling out off-trail action.

Those heading up for the day were warned to wrap up warmly due to the extreme cold and to be aware that low visibility could affect lift operations.

Mt Hutt ski area manager James McKenzie said the school holidays had been "a bit of a mixed bag", and miserable weather on Friday and Saturday last week had reduced the snow pack considerably.

The depth of snow at the top of the mountain is 50cm while on the lower trails it is 35cm, which is "quite low" for this time in the season.

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