Fresh snow and a bluebird day marked the end of a
"challenging" 2012 winter season for NZSki in Queenstown
Chief executive James Coddington said NZSki was disappointed
to have been forced to close both the Remarkables and Coronet
Peak on Saturday due to "atrocious" conditions, including
However, there was a bright side to the weather bomb - an
overnight delivery of 10cm of snow to the Remarkables and 5cm
to Coronet Peak, which made for a perfect closing day.
"It's always nice when the snow gods grace us with their
presence ... it's never too late and to get snow the day
before closing is fantastic.
"It's been a fantastic day ...
lots of happy faces and a fantastic note to end on."
Mr Coddington said it had been "one of those funny seasons",
which had gone quickly, but had provided NZSki staff with
plenty of challenges.
"If we look back on the highlights, we could open on time and
close on time ... it's a massive credit to our snowmaking
team and our grooming team."
The company had its official staff party two weeks ago.
The 15-week ski season at Wanaka's Cardrona Ski Resort also
ended yesterday, in fine, spring conditions.
Marketing manager Nadia Ellis said it had been an awesome
Treble Cone Ski Field closed on September 30.