Summer snow drew plenty of sightseers to Mt Hutt Ski Area
While there was nothing unusual about January snow on the
mountain, what was special about this snowfall was the
amount, said Mt Hutt Ski Area manager James McKenzie.
He said about 10cm fell at the top of the mountain on
"It's snowed every January since I've been here but this was
quite a reasonable one really; it wasn't just a skiff," he
While it looked like perfect for a spot of skiing, those who
made the trip up the mountain to see it were purely there to
look and touch.
While cloud hampered views of the snow-capped mountains
today, Mr McKenzie was expecting a pretty landscape tomorrow
"I can imagine if it's clear everyone will be able to see
beautiful, white mountains."
Warm summer temperatures meant that view wasn't likely to
last for long, so people were making the most of it.
Among the many visitors up the mountain today were a swag of
kea "making a nuisance of themselves".
"The keas have definitely come out with the snow. We haven't
seen them for ages," Mr McKenzie said.
He said he didn't know why the cheeky parrots had suddenly
reappeared, but one theory was that they knew snow attracted
people, who would probably drop scraps of food.
- Erin Tasker at the Ashburton Guardian