Skifields make ‘solid’ start to school holidays but still ‘plenty of space’

Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files
Southern skifields are filling up but there is still some way to go to match the huge crowds of last year.

There have been no surprises on southern skifields at the start of the school holidays.

NZ Ski chief executive Paul Anderson said yesterday the weekend had a "solid'' start but no records were broken.

"We're certainly not overrun just yet," he said.

"There are some big numbers on the mountains but we're comfortable with the start.

"There's plenty of space on the mountain.''

Five days into the holidays last year — shortly after Covid-19 restrictions dropped to Alert Level 1 — Coronet Peak and the Remarkables had 10,000 skiers, the most on one day in Mr Anderson's experience.

Cardrona Alpine Resort also had an "overwhelming'' and unexpected influx of New Zealand skiers at this time last year, making up for the lack of visitors from overseas.

Taken by surprise, the skifields had to quickly hire more staff.

Cardrona communications executive Jen Houltham said there were sufficient staff this year, and snow and weather conditions were good as well.

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