One Otago ski field is set to open a little bit early this year for a pre-season teaser this weekend thanks to last week’s wintry weather.
The recent dumping of snow in the Queenstown Lakes District means Cardrona ski field has a good natural snow base of 90cm before the ski season even hits.
Cool temperatures in the area meant the resort’s snowmaking team were able to add even more snow on top of that for the upcoming teaser.
“The McDougall’s Chondola, the Beginners’ Area and The Lounge will be open from 8.30am through till 4pm both weekend days, weather-dependent. Lessons and rentals will also be available.”
Cardrona general manager Bridget Legnavsky said they were “stoked” they could share the early snowfall at the weekend.
“We’ve been absolutely frothing to get out skiing and snowboarding when it’s looking this good – and it’s amazing to be able to bring all our guests up to get their fix too,” she said.
After the weekend’s skiing and snowboarding, the resort will resume preparations for the official opening day on June 16. This includes completion of the Base Cafe and Mezz renovations, and staff training for over 600 staff who are due to arrive on June 11.