Fingers crossed for skifield opening
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