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Snow outbreak in New Zealand

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After a bit of a sluggish start to the winter season, the cold stuff has finally arrived in New Zealand’s South Island. Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona are all open for business with a promising 55cm snowbase.  Treble Cone got an extra 35cms of fresh snow overnight in perfect time for its opening day on Thursday.

“We are excited to get the 2012 season underway and with a forecast of more snow from the Nor’ West over the next three days,” said Dave Crotty, Treble Cone’s slopes manager, “the snow groomers have been working hard moving snow around, packing and grooming the runs to create optimum snow conditions.”

The nearby resort of Mt Hutt is primed with an impressive 100cm snowbase but severe black ice on the lower sections meant the resort is closed until it can be cleared.

Up on the North Island, Turoa opened on 16 June and Whakapapa on the 23 June but both were closed today because of bad weather. But bad weather is good news – another 10cm of snow fell overnight.   

Head to Snow Reports NZ for up dates on all New Zealand’s resorts.

Victoria’s resorts are looking white thanks to a good fall over the weekend, Mt Buller’s been open since 9 June. Falls Creek has been beasting its snow guns to open today with excellent coverage.

Hotham received 70cm of snow in four days (from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24) and another 2cm overnight making it the snowiest of any resort in the country.

Further North in New South Wales, Perisher is hoping for a fresh drop over the next two days but snowmaking has kept runs covered nicely. Thredbo also benefiting from the howl of snowguns has got top to bottom riding but is hoping to benefit from the cold front coming.