The Remarkables ski area base building.
A lack of snow on southern slopes has prompted two ski
areas to delay their opening for the season.
The Remarkables ski area and the Snow Farm both announced
today they would delay opening until snow cover improved.
Remarkables Ski area manager Ross Lawrence said he was
"determined" to ensure conditions were right before unveiling
the new Curvey Basin Chair, terrain improvements and sealed
access road to guests.
"We're making good progress towards achieving sufficient snow
cover, and that's being assessed daily so the ski area can
open as soon as possible," Mr Lawrence said.
"Everything is all ready and waiting, and our hard-working
team is excited to get things going. We just have to wait for
Mother Nature to deliver the goods.
"We had some superb early-season snow dumps in May, but the
recent weather system over the South Island hasn't yet topped
up that early snow enough for us to open.''
Snow Farm Ski Operations Manager Andy Pohl said warm and wet
conditions had forced them to delay their opening until June
28. The opening had been scheduled for this Saturday.
"While our snow fence system has managed to capture and
maintain a moderate amount of snow, we are all doing our snow
dance and are optimistic for a snow fall next week. This will
allow our internationally renowned groomer driver, Karl
Johnson to prepare the trails and allow us to open," Mr Pohl
"We'll be looking forward to welcoming skiers and snowshoers
next weekend to celebrate Snow Farm's opening day!" he said.
Coronet Peak opened on June 7 and is operating with
top-to-bottom skiing and riding available.