Warm weather affects snowmakers

A total of 240 staff take time out from preparing for the 2011 ski season   to pose for a photo...
A total of 240 staff take time out from preparing for the 2011 ski season to pose for a photo for the Otago Daily Times. During peak season, NZSki will employ between 1000 and 1100 staff across all departments on Coronet, the Remarkables and Mt Hutt. Photo by Emily Adamson.
Warm weather this week means NZSki's plan to open Coronet Peak ski area on Saturday is in doubt.

Many of the field's 211 snow guns were fired up for the first time last weekend, but warm temperatures on Monday and yesterday made snowmaking impossible.

NZSki chief executive James Coddington said last night a decision would be made today about whether the field would open on Saturday as planned.

He described the weather as "changeable".

"[On Monday] night, it was predicted to have been -1degC, but we had an inversion layer in the valley and it was actually 6degC.

"At this time of year, it's hard to predict, so we're not predicting anything - we're just hoping."

Despite the spanner thrown into the works by the weather, Coronet Peak staff are working hard preparing for opening day.


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