Great weather and fresh snow made for some very happy skiers and riders at Mt Hutt over the last week.
With a total of 25cm of new snow falling since last Thursday, conditions were delectable and saw a big crowd head to the mountain on Saturday for a great day in the sunshine. Sunday saw more smiles on the hill with 10cm of snow falling during the morning, which has also helped to open up some off-trail skiing, Mid Towers seeing a lot of traffic.
Ski Area Manager, James McKenzie, explained that, even though the snow fall quantities have not been vast amounts, the fact that the majority of it has fallen without strong winds means that the Ski Area operations have been able make the most of it.
A New Zealand wide initiative offering all tertiary students a free day of skiing and riding also added to the good numbers of visitors over the weekend and with Australian and New Zealand School holidays coming up, Mt Hutt and Methven are readying for an influx of family tourists to the area over July.
With more snow in the forecast, and cold temperatures allowing for full use of snow making facilities, Mt Hutt is looking good for accommodating the bigger crowds on their way.
Meanwhile the Canterbury Club Fields are preparing to open in July, expectantly watching the forecast with a number of storms coming their way over the next couple of weeks. New management and pass options along with new operating equipment for a number of club fields, as well as upgrades to access will make these smaller ski areas an even more attractive option for snow goers this season.