Whoops, we missed a week or two, we’ll blame the school holidays … Which, are now over, so the crowds have dissipated, and there’s been snow!
So let’s crack on with what has been, what’s on the radar, what we can expect in snow and weather, and what’s been happening around the industry.
The big news really, aside from it being less busy now the kids are back to school, is that we got some snow! Pretty decent snow also, with 45cm at Cardrona for the week, 48 at Treble Cone, 35 at Coronet Peak, 20cm’s at Ohau, 19ish at the Remarks, 15 at Lyford, 14 at Mt Hutt and mostly dribs and drabs elsewhere. Clear winners, Cardrona and TC! Not surprisingly the weather brought a couple of closed days, and some great skiing. Very envious photos out of many areas, and it was great to see Bluff Face open at Porter’s yesterday! Mt Hutt though was the clear winner with the photo below taken on July 22!
There always were going to be a few delayed openings due to Covid but unfortunately the weather has added to some of the woes. Sadly, Cheeseman’s planned opening this weekend has been delayed until there is a wee bit more snow, Cragieburn has yet to announce this weekend’s plans, but the good news is that on Saturday Broken River and Rainbow are opening. Temple Basin has announced Aug 1, and Olympus must be close also. The big question for many however is how are things looking at Whakapapa and Turoa? Just announced is that the Valley T is opening this weekend and the Knoll is not too far behind. Great news! Lastly, don’t forget that from this Sunday The Remarkables is closing weekdays, but open weekends. No changes at Coronet.
Right then, what’s it looking like for the week ahead?
Overall then, the weather for the weekend should be generally good for skiing around the country, with Monday through Wednesday looking especially good with lights winds.
The Remarks have suggested that the new Sugar Bowl Chair could be ready to open “by the end of July”. That’s not far away, exciting! But the big news this week was Ruapehu introducing their new parking system. It seemed to go pretty well, but understandably there’s people for and against, and until the mountains are fully open we won’t see how they cope with demand.
Trying something different is always a good idea! This week on Book Me, Snow Farm are doing a $30 day pass and $20 for hire. Definitely worth a go!
A bit tough with fresh snow all round, but our pick would be Cardrona. 45cm on top of a growing base, should be sweet! Like this image, posted on the 18th by Cardrona, just devine!