The good news you will have heard is that as of 11.59pm September 7th, New Zealand, with the exception of Auckland, moved to (Delta) Level 2. Woohoo, that means ski areas are OPEN!
Even better news, there’s snow happening and more to come this week, so we get two treats in a week!
But you might remember like last year, there are a few things we need to do, to make sure everyone is safe, and that we can keep the ski areas open. In particular, mask wearing is far more important with the new Delta strain. You don’t need a hospital grade N95, but you can’t just pull up your merino either. Ideally it should be a decent quality mask, but areas will also accept “buffs” and similar. Remember, in a lift queue or on a lift you will be in close proximity to others you may not know, so it’s absolutely vital that you do stick to the rules.
There will be minor variations to these requirements at each ski area, including scanning. At Cardrona, Treble Cone, Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, you will have to scan in on the way up the road. At Ruapehu you will have to scan in at the base area, as you will need to do at most smaller ski areas. In addition, you may have to scan in every time you enter a building such as ski rental or a cafe.
We’ve done the whole level 2 thing before, and while mildly inconvenient at least we can get our there skiing, and it’s looking like a bumper spring.
This week for example, we’ve got a good spring storm, bringing fresh snow! Expect snow at every ski area in the country over the next few days. It’s snowing today for example in Canterbury and Ruapehu, but the Southern Lakes get their fair share in the next few days too.
So now is a perfect time to drag the skis back out and get a few more days in! Dependant on the ski area, there’s anywhere from a bit under 2 weeks to go (Roundhill) to just under 6 weeks for Cardrona. Let's end 2021 on a good note!
It may be that this cause some delays, so as we’ve been asked to do so often, let's be considerate. The ski area crews are working hard to make it happen for us!