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Winter is here- FINALLY!

Winter is here!

The El Nino weather pattern gave us a great warm, long summer, and it was always said we would be in for a delayed start to winter, and wasn’t that the truth.

In mid may the South Island had a big snow fall and all was looking good for the season ahead.

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Fiona and Kea pre season touring.

Queenstown ski fields opened to schedule and we were stoked to have so many bluebird days, unfortunately a couple of warm weeks later the snow was melting away fast. No storms came through which meant Coronet Peak had to close for a week during winter festival and Treble Cone had to delay their opening day, things we not looking great…..

Eventually we got a couple of weeks where the temperatures dropped allowing some great snow making to be done and the re-opening of Coronet Peak, but still no natural snow.

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Candice opening day at Coronet Peak.

Until now.

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Recent Snowfall at Coronet Peak

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Recent Snowfall at The Remarkables.

Over the past week the snow has finally been falling and it looks, and feels like winter is finally here!

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Morning Sky over The Remarkables

As of Monday 18th July, Cardrona has a solid base of 45cm at the base building and 65 at the summit, Treble Cone has a base of 85cm at the base building and 120 at the summit, Remarkables has 40cm at the base building and 75cm at the summit, Coronet Peak has 20cm at the base and 60cm at the summit.

And the forecast shows there is more on its way this weekend!

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Elke Ski Touring the Pisa Range

If the long term predication is correct it’s looking like we could be in for a long, late winter so get prepared for some great skiing all season long!

 

Elmo Cotter

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Achieve a season goal in hours

I'm lucky enough this season to be coached by Jackson Wells.

Today was my first day with him at Cardrona and he asked me on my first ride on the chair what goals I want to accomplish this season.  I told him I wanted to achieve a 270 onto a rail in the big park.  He loved the idea and got me practicing them straight away.  

After a couple of attempts in the Mini Park I was confident enough to bring them to the big park.  

The trick needs more work but I'm stoked I've achieved a season goal in just a couple of hours.

Cheers to #JacksonWells for a productive day!

#WhereAdventuresBegin

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