Friday, 25 May 2001
What a last few days it has been - snow has fallen in Queenstown overnight, and this morning from Coronet Peak it looked incredible - see the picture!
Coronet Peak received a further 15cm to 25cm of fresh snow at Coronet Peak on top of an already impressive base. An average of 70cm is on the M1 with drifts over 100cm in places. The Big Easy and beginner terrain has a snow base of 35 to 55cm. Off trail the snow base varies from 20cm to 45cm. The new Winchcat Groomer arrived yesterday and has been hard at work packing down snow in preparation for a June 2nd opening!
Snowmaking has built a solid snowbase on the upper M1 trail and is now shifting snowmaking guns onto the Shirtfront and Lower Wall St trails. Temperatures are currently -5 with all snowmaking guns pumping. Cool temperatures are forecast to continue through to Sunday. See the picture of the Shirtfront - there are plenty of keen skiers and snowboarders hiking up the mountain already.
The Remarkables is building a very good snow base with a further 25cm adding to the 50cm received over the past few days. Snow is accumulating well for a late June opening - see the picture of the Remarkables taken from Coronet Peak this morning.