Queenstown skifield to close early
The weather gods have brought an early end to Coronet Peak's ski season, but the Remarkables is extending Queenstown riders' snow time by a week.
Mt Hutt extended its season to October 13 in the wake of the storm that hit Canterbury a couple of weeks ago.
The Remarkables had great spring snow conditions with an upper mountain base of 125cm and 75cm on the lower slopes, said manager Ross Lawrence.
The Queenstown ski area was originally scheduled to close this weekend, but Lawrence said it would now stay open until October 6.
"All our main trails and terrain parks are open. The snow cover is still good, and weather conditions are fantastic, warm, and sunny," he said.
Coronet Peak, however, is scheduled to close a week earlier. Its final day of operation will be this Sunday.
NZSki sales and marketing general manager Craig Douglas said the decision to switch the closing dates of the two Queenstown mountains came down to snow conditions.
"We had hoped for another reasonable dump and some cold temperatures, which would enable us to keep making snow and stick to Coronet's scheduled closing, but that just hasn't happened,'' he said.
Mt Hutt had a snow base of more than two metres, and NZSki was expecting "magnificent spring skiing conditions for the next two weeks".
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