Challenging snow conditions have been replaced by what was
claimed to be the best snow in the South Island, though
Treble Cone will not be extending its closing date past next
Queenstown NZSki fields Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are
scheduled to close on October 7, as is Cardrona in Wanaka, Mt
Dobson near Fairlie and Ohau Snow Fields.
Snow Park is scheduled to close on October 6, and Snow Farm
manager Jo Lynch said the area was a "bit different" to
others in that it did not have a closing date. "We just stay
open as long as there's snow."
Treble Cone general manager Jackie van der Voort said the
closing date was set "some time ago and, generally, we will
have a snow flurry" at this stage in the season, though
visitor numbers did not usually increase accordingly.
The skifield had been struck with a run of poor weather that
caused the cancellation of about 50% of scheduled events.
"We have actually run very few of our events ... 50% of our
calender has not run.
"There was an easterly flow, which means there's a lot of
cloud and poor visibility.
"It was unusual for our business to have so many bad weather
days. We had three to four a week for six weeks."
Like many southern skifields, Treble Cone faced challenging
snow conditions at the beginning of the season, but she said
it had been a "great season" overall.
"The early-season snow was challenging, when we did not have
as much as everyone would like, but on-trail conditions were
Early August had also been difficult but the skifield had
been lucky with the amount of snow in Saddle Basin, and Home
Basin had been boosted by the recent snowfalls.
Despite an upper base of 230cm and 130cm on the lower levels,
Ms van der Voort said the snow would begin to melt into the
valley at the beginning of October and high visitor numbers
would be difficult to maintain.
"Today it's a lot quieter and it's a great day."
Round Hill skifield in Canterbury closed last weekend and ski
area manager Simon Murrell said, historically, business
generally dropped off at this point.
Even though conditions were still good, the skifield hosted a
variety of school groups whose ski programmes ceased with the