Perfect pistes

Skiers and boarders at Coronet Peak make the most of packed powder yesterday, after a series of fronts delivered between 30cm and 60cm of fresh snow across the mountain since last Tuesday.

The Remarkables was also able to open yesterday after closing on Sunday as staff struggled to clear the rapidly falling snow.

The ski area had received more than 80cm of new snow since Friday

Ski area manager Ross Lawrence said he received reports yesterday of people ``coming down Homeward in thigh-deep, fresh, powder snow''.

``It's like midwinter.

``We've got plenty of snow and, of course, we've got four weeks to run ... I wasn't concerned about the amount of snow we had previously, but this just sets us apart now for a very, very good spring-time.''

Coronet Peak is scheduled to close on October 1, and the Remarkables a week later, on October 8. 

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