Snow guns firing on southern skifields

Last updated 18:02 23/05/2013
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FIRING: A snowgun in action at Mt Hutt today.

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Snowmaking started at Mt Hutt and Coronet Peak today.

Mt Hutt Ski Area manager James McKenzie said recent cold temperatures had teams on standby for optimal snowmaking levels.

 "Thanks to a cool autumn with two snowfalls, the mountain has maintained snow coverage, but we needed to establish a good base at altitudes below 1800 metres ahead of our scheduled opening day," he said.

Coronet Peak is scheduled  to open on June 8 and Mt Hutt is expected to open on June 15.

Mt Hutt's season opening was subject to conditions as ground and air temperatures had to be right, McKenzie said.

A total of 87 guns are available for initial snowmaking on the three Mt Hutt main runs, including Highway 72, Broadway and Morning Glory, as well as around the base area and on International.

This would ensure that a range of beginner to intermediate trails would be available for opening day, he said.

Mt Hutt and Coronet Peak staff have been finalising other operational logistics before opening, including completion of summer maintenance and employment of seasonal staff.

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