Around two and a half thousand skiers and snowboarders flocked
to Mt Hutt today (Sunday July 6) in search of some perfect snow and they found
it. The Canterburyski area opened this
weekend with more than 80cm of cold, dry powder snow blanketing virtually the
entire mountain. The snow fell in just a 36-hour period, meaning ski area staff
worked throughout Friday night to groom and prepare the slopes for Saturday's
Mountain manager Ross
Lawrence said the snow was so dry and fluffy it was difficult
to even make a snowball. There are some very happy people out there having a
really great time, he said. The powder’s certainly been very well tracked, and
we’ve progressively opened more trails throughout the day following safety and
avalanche control work. Trails such as International, accessing the
bottom loading station of the Towers triple chairlift, opened for the first time
this season, which meant all the lifts were operating including the quad chair,
two T-bars, two platters and learners lifts. Only the South Face experts only
runs were inaccessible due to wind scouring at the top of the ridge.
Neither of Mt Hutt’s two half pipes were open today but Mr
Lawrence said work would start tomorrow on one of the pipes and it would open as
soon as possible.
The ski area was forced to close the road at
about as all the car parks
were at capacity.