While the ski season in Northern Hemisphere has mostly concluded, the party has just gotten started in the Southern Hemisphere. Mt. Hutt in New Zealand opened on Saturday, but it actually wasn’t the first ski field to open for the season. The first ski field to open in New Zealand this year was Manganui, which opened on May 12th. Their operating schedule was brief though, as snowmelt led them to close again a couple of days later.
Currently, Mt. Hutt has the Nor’West Express, Summit Six, and Magic Carpet Conveyer lifts open. In spite of active snowmaking, they are describing the base as thin-cover due to a lack of natural snowfall.
Other ski resorts in New Zealand will be opening soon. Cardrona & The Remarkables plan to open on June 17th, while Treble Cone aims to jumpstart its season on June 24th. In addition, Australia’s ski season got started on Saturday, with Mt. Buller and Perisher opening for the season.
Image Credits: Mt. Hutt