Wait-and-see weather situation could be dire
A severe weather watch issued for Otago is likely to bring heavy, unwanted rain to Wanaka’s ski fields this week.
Yesterday, Met Service issued a warning saying a strong moist northerly flow was expected to move onto the South Island, and then move east over the country today, bringing heavy rain and severe northerly gales to the Queenstown Lakes District.
Treble Cone marketing and sales manager Nick Noble said it would be making a call on whether the ski field would open as expected tomorrow either today or as late as tomorrow morning.
‘‘We are just waiting to see how it [the weather] pans out,’’ Noble said.
There had been several different variations of snow fall being predicted, mainly snow to higher levels of the mountain and rain to lower levels, he said.
Snowfall was expected to 1400 metres today and tomorrow and to 1000 metres on Friday.
Cardrona Alpine Resort opened to a bluebird day on Friday with limited facilities due to lack of snow in some areas.
Kiwi Discovery staff member Holly Adams, of Queenstown, said ‘‘considering the lack of snow there is good coverage. There are a few options [trails] to ride’’.
Snowmakers have since been able to make enough snow to open Whitestar and Captain’s Express chairlifts.
Snow Farm was also expected to open on June 21 but at this stage has delayed until Saturday.
Better days: Laura Dale and Holly Adams, of Queenstown, take a break from hitting the slopes at the opening of Cardrona Alpine Resort on Friday.