Cardrona decided to open its doors this weekend, two weeks prior to the scheduled opening day of June 16, due to early snowfall that had left 90cm of natural snow on the mountain.
Cardrona general manager Bridget Legnavsky said it was "amazing" to have so much snow at this time of year.
Only McDougall's Chondola and the learner slopes were open to the public, which Ms Legnavsky attributed to the lack of staff.
"We have 650 staff for winter and they all start next weekend so what we have is permanent staff running the mountain. Everyone’s on deck and everyone’s doing what they can do to make it happen."
Joining the chairlift queues were a number of local snowsports athletes including Nico Porteous and brothers Hank and Finn Bilous.