Wait-and-see weather sit­u­a­tion could be dire

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

Photo: CHE BAKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

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.

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