FROM THE FRONT PAGE Sea­son brings top con­di­tions

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Wanaka ski re­sorts are boast­ing the most snow of the sea­son and are ex­pect­ing an in­flux of ea­ger skiers and snow­board­ers on the slopes.

Metser­vice fore­caster Liz Walsh said ear­lier this week the cold south-west­erly brought heavy show­ers with hail, sleet and snow down to 100m and win­try show­ers at the ski fields were likely to clear up later in the week.

Cardrona Alpine Re­sort sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager Na­dia El­lis said ‘‘the tem­per­a­tures have been re­ally cold which means we have some fan­tas­tic mid­win­ter con­di­tions’’.

The flakes that fell on Mon­day were huge so there was plenty of soft fresh snow to en­joy, she said.

Tre­ble Cone has had more than 1.5m of snow in the past two weeks which re­set what had started as a lean snow sea­son into fan­tas­tic win­ter pow­der con­di­tions.

‘‘Tre­ble Cone has a rep­u­ta­tion for some of the South Is­land’s most re­li­able nat­u­ral snow and best pow­der, and it’s fan­tas­tic to see the moun­tain once again de­liv­er­ing on that rep­u­ta­tion and of­fer­ing fan­tas­tic ski­ing and snow­board­ing,’’ re­sort gen­eral man­ager Jackie van der Voort said.


White gold: Cardrona Alpine Re­sort un­der a blan­ket of white af­ter a dump­ing of snow on Sun­day night.

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