Ski field dishes up a top month

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

Tre­ble Cone Ski Area has en­joyed its ‘‘strong­est ever’’ Au­gust with a four-week fine spell draw­ing a record num­ber of vis­i­tors to the moun­tain, ac­cord­ing to mar­ket­ing man­ager Nick Noble. Most of the vis­i­tors were lo­cals, other New Zealan­ders or Aus­tralians. The Sad­dle Basin snow depth peaked at 259cm deep through the mid­dle of Au­gust. A fur­ther 15cm of snow has ac­cu­mu­lated at the top of the Sad­dle Basin this week.

Skiers flocked to the moun­tain last week­end for a Com­mu­nity Day to raise $1300 for Kea Con­ser­va­tion, As­pir­ing Avalanche Dogs, and the West­pac res­cue he­li­copter.

One of the most popular events was the Shake Down, an ob­sta­cle course on the Nice’n Easy Plat­ter, with the goal to beat spon­sor Steve Shikker’s 8mins 5secs course time. The event in­cluded drink­ing a beer, eat­ing a pie and nav­i­gat­ing the course in whi­te­out con­di­tions.

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