Strong winds hampering skifields

23:24, Aug 10 2014
Porters skifield
OUT OF ACTION: Porters skifield is closed today because strong winds mean lifts cannot be operated safely.

Strong winds are causing problems for Canterbury skifields, on top of what has already been a disappointing season.

A flurry late last week meant some club fields were able to open in North Canterbury, but South Canterbury fields have seen little snow.

Both Porters and Mt Hutt are closed today because strong winds mean the lifts cannot be operated safely.

Meanwhile, Temple Basin, the club field near Arthur's Pass, and Mt Cheeseman both received enough snow last week to open, but are both closed today due to weather conditions.

A lack of snow, warm temperatures and high winds have prevented the fields from opening sooner. They would usually open in July.

Both Broken River and Mt Olympus remain closed today, but staff at both are hopeful that today's dumping allow them to open this week. 

Broken River marketing manager Claire Newell said it needed just one more snowfall to open.

She could not remember the last time the club was still closed in early August.

The club had to cancel a week-long ski event for about 40 people last week.


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