Canterbury ski fields say storm brought 'best snow base since 2010'
The weekend's storm dumped huge amounts of snow on Canterbury ski fields, with more on the way later this week.
Mt Hutt ski area manager James McKenzie said the ski field had "one of the best snow bases we've had since 2010".
"We got 90cm of new snow on Friday and Saturday, which has obviously changed things quite substantially up here," he said.
"If it had been colder by another 2 degrees we probably would have got 2 metres."
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McKenzie said Monday's wind blew some snow off the ridge, but the snowfall was dense so it was mostly staying put, he said.
The wind should be less problematic later in the week.
"[There's a] bit of snow in the forecast as well Thursday, Friday, so we could get another half a metre this week."
Porters Ski Area marketing manager Shannon McBride said there was good snow coverage across the mountain from the weekend's storm.
The field was closed on Monday due to wind, but was open on Tuesday.
"We've had probably on average 60 centimetres," McBride said.
A spokeswoman for Cragieburn Valley Ski Area said 40cm of snow fell over the weekend, but it was a wet snowfall.
South Canterbury's ski fields, too, were primed for the rest of the 2017 season, with both Roundhill and Mount Dobson receiving more than 1m of snowfall over the weekend.
Mount Dobson Ski Field marketing manager Mike Smith said snow fell for about 36 hours, starting Friday morning and not ending until 5pm Saturday.
"That'll set us up for the rest of the season."
Mount Dobson had a snow base of 2.22m at the deepest point, and 1.67m at the lowest point as of Sunday.
The ski field received between 1.3m and 1.5m of snow over Friday and Saturday, Smith said.
Roundhill Ski Field manager Simon Murrell said they received enormous snowfalls.
"We got a massive amount of snow, up to 1.5m," he said.
"Our base is over a metre of compacted snow."
Fox Peak ski field received "probably upwards of 50cm of snow", which would set them up for most of the season, club president Alistair Millar said.
Ohau Snow Fields received 32cm of snow over the weekend.
MetService expects a cold southerly change to bring snow down to about 400 metres in Southland, Otago and Canterbury, possibly lower in the deep south from Thursday.