Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Snow guns crank into action for Mt Hutt and Coronet Peak

A snowgun firing at
Mt Hutt looking up Broadway
A snowgun firing at Mt Hutt looking up Broadway

Media release from NZSki
23 May 2012


Snow guns crank into action for Mt Hutt and Coronet Peak 2013 winter season

The start of snowmaking today (Thursday May 23) at Mt Hutt in Methven and early this morning at Coronet Peak in Queenstown signals the impending opening of two of New Zealand’s most popular ski fields.

Ski area staff from Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt have been closely monitoring systems this week to ensure snowmakers were ready when temperatures dropped to optimal snowmaking levels.

Mt Hutt also received 8cm of snow overnight as a cold front passed up the country.

Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager James McKenzie said that with recent forecasts, the snowmaking team had been on standby.

“As the temperatures have been dropping, the team has been checking systems and following weather predictions,” he said.

“We’ve been amped, and are stoked to start firing today.”

Mt Hutt’s season opening is always subject to conditions as ground and air temperatures have to be right.

“Thanks to a cool autumn with two snow falls, the mountain has maintained snow coverage but we needed to establish a good base at altitudes below 1800m ahead of our scheduled opening day,” said Mr McKenzie.

“We’ve had eight guns making snow in the base area today with two more making snow at the top of the Quad chair.”

A total of 87 guns are available for initial snowmaking on three main runs including Highway 72, Broadway and Morning Glory, as well as around the base area and on International.

Mr McKenzie said this would ensure that a range of beginner to intermediate trails would be available for opening day.

In Queenstown, 20 of Coronet Peak’s 213 snow guns last night automatically switched on as temperature and weather conditions were at optimal levels between 5am and 11am.

Coronet Peak ski area manager Ross Copland was confident that over the coming weeks conditions would enable regular top ups to ensure a good base.


Both Mt Hutt and Coronet Peak staff have been finalising other operational logistics ahead of opening, including completion of summer maintenance and employment of seasonal staff.

“All of this happens behind the scenes, so when we start making snow it’s the sign that the season is upon us which creates a real sense of excitement,” said Mr Copland.

“That’s when the buzz and excitement starts, and when businesses in Queenstown and Methven start to gear up for the season.”

Mt Hutt ski area is scheduled to open on June 15, subject to conditions, while Coronet Peak is scheduled to open on June 8. For more information go to www.nzski.com

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cyclists Net First NZ Gold

New Zealand won a gold meal and two bronzes on the first day of the Commonwealth Games. There was joy and heartbreak in an incredibly full day of sport. Here's how the New Zealanders fared. More>>

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Electric Sheep: Light Nelson Exceeds All Expectations

Light Nelson exceeded all expectations drawing over 40,000 people over two nights to the Queens Gardens and surrounds. The event, with over 40 installations from local and national artists, is in its second year, and organisers were hoping they’d top last year’s crowd of 16,000. More>>

MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson To Attend Armageddon This October

New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th. More>>

ALSO:

Barbershop Gold: Māori Party Singing Praises Of The Musical Island Boys

The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news