Gale-force winds shut down all the skifields in Queenstown and Wanaka, as another cold southwesterly front blasted the South Island yesterday.
Two international visitors living in Wanaka for the winter have had their ski season cut short after being the first people this year to be trespassed from all the region's skifields.
"Phenomenal" snow conditions have prompted Coronet Peak to extend its season, allowing for up to an extra week of skiing and riding, or as long as conditions allow.
NZSki hopes the Coronet Peak ski area will reopen for snowsports enthusiasts today after the ski area was closed all day yesterday because of the rain-soaked snowpack.
Coronet Peak has been forced to revise its closing day for the second time this season as warmer spring temperatures bite into ski and snowboarding operations.
Southern skifields received a much-needed dusting of snow yesterday. "It's snowing very heavily and that's fun and exciting," NZski chief executive James Coddington said at Coronet...
Faking a ski pass was a serious offence and two foreign former employees of NZSki Ltd were told they had "really messed things up for themselves" in New Zealand by Judge Dominic Flatley, when they appeared in Queenstown District Court yesterday.
While the United States summer Olympic sport's team is carving up the opposition in London, the country's winter Olympians are carving up the snow slopes on Coronet Peak.
The introduction of new ski-pass technology has been hailed the biggest success of the past ski season by NZSki chief executive James Coddington.
While completing their "summer" training programme at Coronet Peak, the Russian men's and women's alpine ski teams have also been competing in a transtasman competition.
Tim Cafe, of Queenstown, has celebrated a career best finish at the Alpine World Championships in Garmisch, Germany, coming 31st in super G - one-hundredth of a second off 30th position.