Mt Hutt set for best day of the season

PICKING UP: A rainbow sits over central Christchurch this morning after a night of wet weather.
PICKING UP: A rainbow sits over central Christchurch this morning after a night of wet weather.

Mt Hutt is set for what it hopes to be its best day since the South Island skifield opened on June 13.

With sunshine, light winds and 5 centimetres of winter snow, staff have also been conducting extensive snowmaking during the past 60 hours to create what they believe will be the best skiing conditions for punters this year.

The upper mountain will reopen today, with the top section of Fascination and Hubers now linking through to the top of Broadway.

MT HUTT: The skifield has recently enjoyed good weather.
MT HUTT: The skifield has recently enjoyed good weather.

Chains are required on 2WD vehicles, with the speed limit on the patrolled access road strictly 40kmh. 

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.

However, cooler conditions combined with 16cm of snow on Monday morning have helped create what is set to be a bumper day today.

The depth of snow at the top of the mountain is 50cm while on the lower trails it is 30cm, which is "quite low" for this time in the season.

Meanwhile, Christchurch can expect a few showers this morning, clearing in the afternoon with a high of 9 degrees Celsius, according to MetService.

With an overnight low of -4C, tomorrow and Saturday are set to be fine before rain settles in on Sunday.

Miserable conditions will hover over the region until next Thursday

The Press