Ski sea­son heats up

Big dumps, ar­rival of pro­vi­sions cre­ates buzz on moun­tain

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By MAR­JORIE COOK

Ex­cite­ment is mount­ing in Wanaka’s ski­ing com­mu­nity as the count down be­gins to their an­nual pow­der fixes.

With the ‘‘ocean warm­ing’’ El Nino phe­nom­e­non said to be mak­ing a re­turn to the Shaky Isles this sea­son, many skiers are hop­ing it will mean good dumps of snow be­fore open­ing day on June 25.

But while Tre­ble Cone’s mar­ket­ing manager Nick Noble is en­thu­si­as­tic as any other Cone­head about last Fri­day’s ‘‘fan­tas­tic’’ 150cm dump in the Sad­dle Basin, he pre­ferred to leave long range pre­dic­tions to the ex­perts.

Noble said not all of the 150cm would stay around but what did re­main would pack down over the next few weeks to pro­vide a solid base for the next lot of snow­falls.

Snow­mak­ers should be on deck from to­day with snow­mak­ing to start on the main trails as soon as tem­per­a­tures drop.

Tre­ble Cone’s man­age­ment team are also work­ing their way through hun­dreds of re­sumes and in­ter­view­ing job ap­pli­cants.

Cardrona Alpine Ski Re­sort op­er­a­tions staff had time to make a snow­man af­ter last week’s snow­fall.

Photo: Dave Palmer.

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