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All mountains open down South!

A great start!

It’s been an Epic season for New Zealand’s Southern Alps ski fields so far with weather forecasts seeming to be on track with El Niño.

All of the Ski fields in the Queenstown-Wanaka area are now officially open and they have managed to open all of the terrain thanks to Mother Nature’s snow generosity this year. Queenstown and Wanaka are vibrant ski resort towns in the South Island of New Zealand. Both towns experienced a great Antarctic-fed snow storm late May through to early June 2015. This huge snow fall and cold temperatures provided the perfect environment for the ski fields to get ready for the winter season, providing great all mountain base coverage and lots of snow making opportunities. Since Opening day for all 4 mountains, skiers and snowboarders have been provided with an abundance of clear skies, cold temperatures and lots of powder!

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Face full of Powder Snow at Coronet Peak Ski Field NZ.

Coronet Peak and Cardrona Alpine Resort were the first ski resorts to open mid June followed by Treble Cone and then The Remarkables this weekend. Improvements and new features are noticeable at all the resorts; from cafe's to open terrain and the biggest being the new base building at The Remarkables.

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Opening Day at Treble Cone Ski Field, NZ 2015 Photo Credit: Icebreaker NZ.

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Cheeky Kea watching sunrise at the Opening day of The Remarkables Ski Field, NZ.

This week has seen some stunning bluebird days and the snow has held up well for opening days providing plenty of powder at both Treble Cone and The Remarkables. It’s not usual to see so much off piste terrain available to shred this early on in the season. Coronet peak and Cardrona Alpine Resort are still keeping up the grooming and the snow making with these cold temperatures making for epic piste and park skiing and riding.

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Outside Sports Athlete Richie Johnston getting some POW at Treble Cone opening day. Photo Credit: 360Queenstown-Wanaka

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First tracks in Mid station bowl at The Remarkables opening 2015, NZ.

New Zealand’s South Island is surrounded by stunning mountains and alpine lakes, famous for its hospitality- choose Queenstown and Wanaka for your ski holiday; guaranteed fun-filled ski and snowboard holiday at the premier ski areas of Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort, The Remarkables and Treble Cone. Book Ski and Snowboard rentals with Outside Sports online today and save!

Outside Sports NZ Staff at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Outside Sports Staff at Cardrona Alpine Resort NZ.

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NZ Ski fields open this weekend!

Cardrona Alpine Resort and Coronet Peak open this weekend, Saturday June 13th 2015.

We have had an amazing few weeks of early snowfall in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, making an excellent base for the Ski resorts and allowing for plenty of Snowmaking. Coronet Peak, Queenstown were making snow for 6 consecutive days last week and Cardrona Alpine resort, Cardrona, have been busy preparing more terrain for opening early this season. Both mountains could see all lifts operational in record time this ski season if Mother Nature allows.

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Snowmaking in progress. Photo Credit: Coronet Peak

Cardrona Alpine resort have a new learner conveyor this season to help decrease lift lines and allow more time on the slopes for beginners, there’s also another intermediate trail along the ridge line connecting Valley View and Tail Race trails.

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Sunrise at Cardrona. Photo Credit: Cardrona Alpine Resort.

The forecast for opening weekend sees cloud building with a risk of sleety showers in the afternoon, so get up there early and grab some opening day champagne at the lift line for first chair.

Here’s to an awesome season. Enjoy.

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