The World Cup final appears to have cost some football fans a
day's skiing yesterday.
Only an hour or so after the game finished, scores of skiers
were being turned away from the Cardrona Alpine Resort,
despite good weather and excellent snow.
The problem was the skifield was full up.
Marketing manager Nadia Ellis said the decision was made to
close the gates once the car parks were full.
Field management then looked at the size of lift queues and
decided ''it wouldn't be respectful'' to skiers who were
already on the field to allow more in.
That left skiers who had started their day a little later
than usual - delayed perhaps by the World Cup final - in a
long line of cars at the gate in the Cardrona Valley looking
for other skiing options.
The ''spike'' in demand at Cardrona was triggered by Treble
Cone, the only other skifield on the Wanaka side of the Crown
Range, being closed.
The mother of two young children told the Otago Daily
Times it took two and a-half hours to drive from Wanaka
to the base building at Cardrona - a trip that normally takes
She described the field as ''massively oversubscribed'' with
traffic ''crawling'' up the mountain and ''horrendous'' lift
However, the weather and snow was good, and she received a
partial refund from ''very obliging'' staff.
While a cold southerly brought Cardrona 10cm of snow on
Sunday night, Treble Cone got 8cm-15cm on higher parts, which
was not enough to repair the damage done by four days of warm
temperatures and rain.
Treble Cone marketing manager Nick Noble said yesterday the
field was expected to open this morning, because colder
temperatures had allowed plenty of snowmaking.
Meanwhile, in Queenstown, a group of Germans draped in their
national flags took over the Shotover-Rees Sts roundabout, to
celebrate their homeland's 1-0 victory over Argentina.