'Fantastic snow and a fantastic winter'

From left: Charlotte Wiggins (8), Molly Thomsson (12), Abigail Wiggins (4), Bella Thomsson (14),...
From left: Charlotte Wiggins (8), Molly Thomsson (12), Abigail Wiggins (4), Bella Thomsson (14), Finley Melville Ives (9, blue helmet), Shaneil Coupe (14), Finn Thomsson (9), Rocco Jamieson (9, black top), Campbell Melville Ives (9, black helmet), Lisa Fresser (19, multicoloured jacket), Zedyn Fellows (8), Cobi Miller (10, blue helmet) and Seth Carleton (10, green jacket) at the end of Cardrona season yesterday. Photo by Karen Melville-Ives.
''We've just had so much snow - well over 3m, which is on par with the record,'' is how Cardrona Alpine Resort general manager Bridget Legnavsky summed up the ski area's 2015 season on closing day yesterday.

''Incredible amounts of snow and really cold - that's what you need for a good ski season. And it's not just Cardrona. All resorts have had a good season. It's great for New Zealand. Fantastic snow and a fantastic winter gets more visitors here.''

Ms Legnavsky said the large amount of snow enabled skiers and snowboarders to explore more terrain, which led to less crowding and fewer accidents.

The ski area also extended its season by a week this year, staying open until the end of the September October school holidays.

It was ''T shirt weather'' for Cardrona's closing day, she said. People dressed up for a ''fashion in the field'' show during the afternoon.

By Jessica Maddock. 



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