Many New Zealand ski resorts got snow this week, creating major stoke for the upcoming season. This led to one ski field, Manganui Ski Area in Stratford spinning its lifts for the first time this season on Friday.
The ski field, which is run by the Stratford Mountain Club, currently has the T-bar, Learners Tow, and Canteen lifts open. An interesting part of the experience at Manganui is that getting there requires a 20-minute walk to reach the lifts from the parking lot. There’s a lift to get your gear up to the base area, called the Flying Fox, which is also currently operating.
Here’s hoping that New Zealand continues to get snow and that more ski fields and resorts can open up soon.
Update 5/14: After three days of operations, Manganui has closed due to the snow melting. Pray for snow!
Trails: 59 skiable hectares/around 146 acres
Average Snowfall: 300 cm/118.11 inches
Lodge Base elevation: 1260m/around 4134 feet
Highest Point: 1680m/around 5512 feet
Vertical Drop: 420 meters/around 1378 feet
Image Credit: Stratford Mountain Club