Skiers 'stoked' with fresh snow

 It was a stunning day for those lucky enough to be up the mountain enjoying fresh powder yesterday, including Taylor Paddington, of Queenstown, pictured at Coronet Peak. Photo: Coronet Peak/Jill Tester
It was a stunning day for those lucky enough to be up the mountain enjoying fresh powder yesterday, including Taylor Paddington, of Queenstown, pictured at Coronet Peak. Photo: Coronet Peak/Jill Tester
A stunning bluebird day welcomed skiers keen to get a taste of real powder yesterday, after Monday's storm brought at least half a metre of snow to the Queenstown Lakes district's skifields.

It was ''all smiles up the mountain'' at Coronet Peak, ski area manager Nigel Kerr said, as more than 3000 people took to the slopes, some even queueing for the lifts at 7.30am.

Over the hill at Cardrona, the vibe was great, the skifield's communication executive Jen Houltham said.

''The snow's like mid-July and the weather like mid-September so everyone's stoked out there,'' she said, while adding that the queues had not been too bad considering the conditions.

At Treble Cone, 70cm of snow had blessed the mountain on Monday and led to ''a classic TC day'', brand manager Richard Birkby said.

''The best way to describe the mood this morning was festival-like.''

''Everyone was just excited to be up here.''

The experience would be just as good today, Mr Kerr said.

''After wall-to-wall grooming the skiing and boarding will again be epic, just on piste rather than off.''

sean.nugent@odt.co.nz

 

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