As the ski season in the Northern Hemisphere lulls to an end, the ski industry’s focus shifts to the Southern Hemisphere. While many resorts in South America face a delay to their season due to a rise in Covid-19 cases and new lockdowns, New Zealand looks primed to open early for this upcoming ski season. Early snowfall and feasible snowmaking temperatures have allowed mountains to prepare the slopes sooner than usual. Rental home and hotel bookings are seeing a massive increase in demand, as fully vaccinated people are finally ready to travel and be outside. Occupancy rates and demand are even up from what they were in 2019.
The projected earliest openings for the New Zealand ski resorts are as follows: June 11th for Mt. Hutt, June 19th for Coronet Peak (although they are considering moving opening day up a week to June 12th), and June 26th for the Remarkables.
Source of Images: The Remarkables Facebook Page, Mt. Hutt’s Facebook Page