New Zealand resort Treble Cone opened today after extreme winds prevented the mountain opening yesterday. Fresh snow earlier in the week has accumulated a base of 40cm and has now given way to sunny skies in the South Island resort.
Dave Crotty, Treble Cone’s slopes manager said, “We are excited to get the 2012 season underway and we are very positive about opening up more of the mountain in time for the school holidays next week. The snow groomers have been working hard moving snow around, packing and grooming the runs to create optimum snow conditions.”
Check out footage from the opening day in the video below.
Elsewhere in New Zealand the season is already well underway with the Queenstown ski areas, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt all up and running with average snow bases of 65cm, 60cm and 97cm. Cardrona is also open with a base of 60cm on the upper mountain.
Over on the North Island Mt Ruapehu’s ski areas Turoa and Whakapapa are open with bases of 100cm and 92cm respectively.
Fellow down under nation Australia has enjoyed a great start to its winter season with strong snowfalls. Perisher has a base of 82cm and has received 43cm of fresh in the past week. Mt Hotham has an average base of 70cm while Falls Creek has 53cm.