Coronet opens for season
Thousands took to the slopes as Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski field opened to the public.
More than 1000 punters were on the slopes by lunchtime on Saturday.
Coronet Peak Ski Area manager Nigel Kerr said it had been a ‘‘really good start’’ to the season.
There was a ‘‘big turn out’’ which built throughout the day, Kerr said.
‘‘It [was] great to see so many locals here. I recognised plenty of the people heading up on the chair.’’
NZSki staff - about 900 across both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables - were settling in for a ‘‘great’’ season, he said.
Last year Coronet Peak opened on June 11 only to close due to a lack of snow before reopening about two weeks later.
The Remarkables and Cardrona ski fields opened on June 10.
Cardrona’s opening day included the launch of the new $10 million McDougall’s Express Chondola.
All Queenstown-Wanaka ski fields had a snow base of between 15cm and 60cm and MetService was forecasting possible snow to 1200 metres on Sunday, Monday and Thursday this week.
Kobe Thurston, 5, Mila Thurston, 3, and dad Sam Thurston, of Queenstown, on the learner’s slope on Saturday.