Whatever the weather delivered last night will have a major
bearing on whether the Cardrona Alpine Resort turns on its
chairlifts for skiers tomorrow.
As of yesterday afternoon, prospects were no better than
50-50 the skifield would have enough snow to make its
proposed opening date.
Warm weather and rain have affected the amount of snow on the
field in recent days. However, there have been promising
signs fresh snow is imminent.
The field's new general manager, Bridget Legnavsky, was not
ruling out yesterday the possibility of opening on time.
''The last 24 hours has been incredible. We had cold
temperatures most of the night [Tuesday] and have made a lot
of snow and it's looking very white.
''We will be out there assessing it tonight [Wednesday] and
seeing how much snow we make ... before we make the call in
Ms Legnavsky said if it was decided to open the field
tomorrow it was likely there would be ''limited'' skiing -
unless there was a lot of fresh snow.
The MetService was predicting 1cm of snow and a minimum
temperature of -8degC for Cardrona last night.
Ms Legnavsky said a party celebrating the skifield's return
to New Zealand ownership would be held on Saturday, snow or
Queenstown-based Real Journeys bought the skifield from the
Australian-owned Vealls Ltd in November.