A little snow is on the way in Australia as we move into midwinter July and the school holidays. In New Zealand. the smaller skifields are now all open to visitors taking advantage of the great conditions on the South Island.
It has been a very slow start to the season in Australia, much as it was for New Zealand last year. The good news is that a little snow should arrive and persist over the next few days.
Mt Buller has five lifts open, including Skyline T-bar which opened today. Intermediate skiing is on Little Buller Spur and Wombat Snow depth: 0cm natural, 38cm on snowmaking runs
|Blue Cow Perisher 04.07.15 Source: Perisher website|
Falls Creek has the Towers lift operating for intermediate runs, and also opened Drover's Dream chair today for the first time. Snow depth: 9cm natural, 48cm on snowmaking runs
Perisher has 22 lifts operating for 27 groomed runs.
Nine lifts are running at Thredbo this weekend, and the Supertrail made its season debut off Snowgums Chairlift.
We flew into Queenstown on the 23rd June to take advantage of some of the best early season conditions in years.
It was bitterly, record-breakingly cold on the South Island. This meant that snow was still evident at low altitudes away from the lakes, in Arrowtown, low down in the Cardrona Valley, and on the Crown Range.
Only Coronet Peak and Cardrona were open for skiing and boarding when we arrived with The Remarkables being delayed and Treble Cone scheduled for later in the week.
We did the easy drive up to Coronet Peak on the 24th, and the drive over to Cardrona on the 25th June.
|Coronet Peak from The Remarkables 27.06.15|
The roads were treacherous for several days as light rain froze on the roads causing black ice on all the highways and even on roads in Queenstown. There were many tales of flipped cars around the region.
Instead of heading to Treble Cone across the Crown Range we decided to play it safe at Coronet Peak again. It was warmer and the runs softened, then the wind picked up late in the day. There was good skiing on the groomed runs.
On Saturday we were fortunate enough to be at The Remarkables for opening day, along with sparking wine welcome. This was also the official opening of the wonderful new base building which deserves the accolades it is getting. A great spot to enjoy a hot chocolate and lunch.
|The Remarkables from top Curvey Basin Express 27.06.15|
Even the Homeward Runs were open on opening day, with the bus taking us back from a challenging and tiring ski down in the heavy, tracked powder.
Wind arrived on Sunday and persisted into Monday when all resorts apart from Treble Cone were closed.
After a fall of snow, the sunshine returned on Tuesday when we returned to Cardrona. Despite the wind, there was some great runs and the Captains Basin was great in the sun.
|Remarkables base building 01.07.15|
We hope to be back again later in the season.
Treble Cone - Snow depth 97cm (top of the Home Basin)
Cardrona - Snow depth 75/100cm
Coronet Peak - Snow depth 60/155cm
The Remarkables - Snow depth 85/120cm
North Canterbury and Nelson
|The Remarkables and Homeward 02.07.15|
Hanmer Springs delayed opening to 8th July 2015
Mt Lyford delayed opening to 8th July 2015
Porters - Snow depth 100/120cm
Ohau - Snow depth 50/100cm
Roundhill - Snow depth 50cm
Mt Dobson - Snow depth 60cm