FROM THE FRONT PAGE Season brings top conditions
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.