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Despite an unseasonably warm start to the ski season, wet weather and the closing of the transtasman bubble on Friday, Cardrona Alpine Resort and the Snow Farm have broken winter school holiday attendance records and customers do not seem to be complaining.
First season lift operator Devon Burns, of Christchurch, said the school holidays were "awesome".
"We have had some really busy days and reached capacity on some of those days, but people are really happy just to be on the snow."
She said noticed a lot of Australians in the queues and they were "so chuffed that everyone can still ski here".
Hannah Kirk, of Perth, booked three weeks ago to fly to New Zealand and ski at Cardrona.
She said the Covid situation had been "pretty chill" in Perth at the time of booking, but her flight went via Melbourne and she was on the last plane out before the borders were shut.
"We are so lucky to have this [Cardrona] when we can’t travel overseas," Ms Alexander said.
Across the valley, Snow Farm general manager Sam Lee said the school holidays were the busiest he had yet experienced.
"We have been parking cars down the road for several days and that is not a common occurrence for us."
He believed the Tourism New Zealand "Do Something New, New Zealand" campaign had helped.
"We are something new for a lot of people and we offer a great half-day snow experience that most families really enjoy."
Cardrona Alpine Resort had been counting on having the new Willows Basin in the Soho Ski Area open for the school holidays to meet the demand, but had to postpone that, because of a lack of natural snow.
When opened, the new Willows Quad chairlift would provide access to 65ha of intermediate-level terrain at the ski area via Cardrona, the first new major lift-accessed terrain to open in New Zealand since 2012.