Tre­ble Cone opens June 23

Central Otago Mirror - - WHAT’S ON - STUFF RE­PORTER OF­FI­CIAL OPEN­ING DATES

Out­stand­ing early sea­son con­di­tions have seen Tre­ble Cone Ski Area bring for­ward its open­ing date to June 23, five days ear­lier than sched­uled.

The Cardrona and Re­mark­ables ski­fields opened early on June 2 and 3 as a pre-sea­son teaser for the of­fi­cial open­ing this Satur­day.

Tre­ble Cone gen­eral man­ager Toby Arnott said the June con­di­tions were the best Wanaka had seen in some time and an early sea­son storm had de­liv­ered well over a me­tre of snow.

‘‘We know peo­ple want to ride, so we’ve pulled out all the stops and been work­ing round the clock to make this hap­pen,’’ Arnott said.

Head of op­er­a­tions Dave Rut­ledge said there was a huge amount of work in­volved in pre­par­ing the moun­tain.

‘‘We’ve got a great crew of new and longterm staff up here and we all want to get the moun­tain open. It’s been a big week, but it’ll be worth it when we see the grins on the faces of the lucky six peo­ple rid­ing that first chair of win­ter,’’ Rut­ledge said.

Arnott said peo­ple who had bought passes should col­lect them from the office so they could get straight onto the chairlift.

Lifts from 9am on June 23, ac­cess­ing the Main and Saddle basins and all runs. All moun­tain fa­cil­i­ties will be op­er­at­ing. A free shut­tle service op­er­ates from the bot­tom car park.

Re­mark­ables, Mt Hutt: Open Cardrona, Coronet Peak: Satur­day Tre­ble Cone: June 23

Snow Farm: June 28

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Tre­ble Cone ski in­struc­tors Joe Ber­row (front) and Josh Os­borne (ob­scured) shov­el­ling snow.

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