Remarkable opening day

NZSki mascots Spike and Shred share the first chair on Alta lift for the 2013 season with...
NZSki mascots Spike and Shred share the first chair on Alta lift for the 2013 season with Remarkables Primary School pupils Holly McRae (left) and Reuben Thompson. Photo by Christina McDonald.
The steady stream of skiers and snowboarders who scrambled up the Remarkables on Saturday enjoyed a powder day on the first day of the skifield's season.

As NZSki's Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence gazed out his window at a line of incoming visitors making their way up to the Base Building via the magic carpet conveyor, he could not have been happier.

All lifts and features, such as the terrain park, were able to open from day one, which has not been possible for the past two years due to a lack of snow.

''For the first time in a few years, we've got Homeward Run, the terrain park and TRIC big park features open and operating all from day one, so no surprise, then, that we've got lots of happy people up here.''

He said it was ''not often that we have such amazing snow and the coverage we've got from day one''.

About 1500 people were at the Remarkables for the 2013 opening day.

Mr Lawrence said it had been a ''very good day'' yesterday, when a similar number visited.


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