Mt Hutt opens this weekend. Cantabrians who prefer lift access will be salivating and checking out the forecast every half hour over the next few days. It looks marginal for opening weekend but good enough to get yourself up there. No, or light winds will mean that opening day isn't in doubt, just a little damp. Periods of rain for Saturday will be replaced with snow and increasing winds on Sunday. Similar conditions will prevail at Coronet this weekend.
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The rest of the ski areas are not far away;
Proposed Opening Dates
21st June - Lyford, Porters, Cardrona, The Remarkables
27th June - Treble Cone
29th June - Whakapapa, Turoa, Hanmer Springs, Ohau, Snowfarm.
1st July - Queenstown Snowcats
6th July - Rainbow, Craigieburn, Cheeseman, Olympus, Roundhill.
12th July - Dobson
13th July - Tukino, Fox Peak,
Manganui ha set their opening date for this weekend but will open as soon as they have sufficient snow.
Make sure that you check out the go on the snow. The New Zealand Snow Sports Events Calendar is updated regularly. Some upcoming key events are;
29 June - Ohakune Mardi-Gras
21-30 June - American Express Queenstown Winter Festival
6 July - Ohau Hooley & Irish Winter Games
10 July - Ice Carving at Treble Cone
13th July - New Zealand Winter School Holidays Start
18-21 July - Warren Miller's Flow State in Arrowtown
If you're riding at Coronet, Hutt or Snowplanet this weekend, get into it, take care and have a blast.
Scotty - Snow Editor