Too early to open

Knee-deep ... Treble Cone Ski Area field operations manager Dave Crotty continues preparations...
Knee-deep ... Treble Cone Ski Area field operations manager Dave Crotty continues preparations for the June 28 opening. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Two Lakes District skifields will be open this weekend, but not the one claiming to have the best snow.

Treble Cone Ski Area, west of Wanaka, is sticking with its official opening date a month from now.

Asked yesterday if Treble Cone was considering an earlier opening, ski area manager Toby Arnott said he was ``considering all options, as we have the best snow in the district''.

"However, with our scheduled opening date of June 28, we will not have staff on the hill to start training for another two weeks.

"Our challenge has been that a lot can change with the weather and snow conditions between now and then. We appreciate everyone's excitement about our incredible snowfall, but logistically speaking there are certain things we can't rush.''

Cardrona Alpine Resort plans to open this weekend then shut again until its official opening on June 16. Coronet Peak will open tomorrow for one day before closing and reopening on June 16.

The weather for the weekend is likely to be clear, calm and cold, with no new snow.



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