Fin­gers crossed for ski­field open­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK and DEB­BIE JAMIESON

The Re­mark­ables ski area should be open by the week­end with su­perb con­di­tions, man­ager Ross Lawrence says.

The ski­field was forced to de­lay its open­ing last week­end as the new base build­ing was in­com­plete.

Lawrence said yesterday the open­ing was get­ting very close and staff were ex­cited.

‘‘We’ve got wall-to-wall cov­er­age and ame­tre base at least. We’ll be open­ing all trails – right through the Home­ward run as well and all lifts. Ev­ery­thing’s go­ing to be up and run­ning.’’

All sk­i­fields have ben­e­fited from last week’s storm clouds.

It was all hands on deck at Cardrona Alpine Re­sort last Fri­day to shovel snow off the roads so skiers could get to the moun­tain and en­joy the con­di­tions.

Cardrona now has 100cm on the up­per moun­tain and 70cm lower down at the base build­ing.

Last Thurs­day’s heavy 1m snow­fall de­layed the next day’s open­ing un­til 10am. Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Brid­get Leg­navsky was still shov­el­ling snow at 10.30am, as the first skiers were ar­riv­ing in the car park, and she was look­ing for­ward to more peo­ple ar­riv­ing.

‘‘I am pretty ex­cited. And pretty sweaty. I’ve been shov­el­ling and snow cut­ting, try­ing to help get the place open. We are all up and at it,’’ she said.

At Coronet Peak over ame­tre has landed in the last seven days.

‘‘Off piste is on, ev­ery­where you look there are pock­ets of fresh,’’ the com­pany’s web­site says.

Wanaka snow sports coach Peter Leg­navsky was one of the early birds at Cardrona. ‘‘What am I do­ing? I am­ski­ing. You are cut­ting into my pow­der time!’’, he joked.

Last Thurs­day’s snow storm de­liv­ered 65cm to Tre­ble Cone’s Home Basin, 55cm to the Sad­dle Basin and 38cm to the base build­ing and the moun­tain will open as sched­uled to­mor­row.

Tre­ble Cone mar­ket­ing man­ager Nick Noble said staff were work­ing hard to open as much ter­rain as pos­si­ble.

A 30cm snow­base greeted Snow Farm staff last Fri­day al­low­ing them to celebrate an early sea­son open­ing for Nordic skiers on Satur­day.

Snow Farm gen­eral man­ager Andy Pohl said this year’s sea­son open­ing was the ear­li­est he could re­call in the more than 10 years he Skiers van­ish into deep snow drifts on Cardrona ski­field.

Photo: Pete Leg­navsky. has been as­so­ci­ated with the Pisa Range ski­field.

Jake McCleary makes the most of fresh pow­der at Coronet Peak.

Hardy skiers rid­ing a chair lift at Queen­stown’s Coronet Peak on Sun­day morn­ing. Photo: Robyn Edie

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