New Zealand Resort Re-Opens For Snowsports on First Day of Southern Hemisphere’s Summer

Patrick Thorne

01 Dec 18

New Zealand’s Cardrona ski area has re- opened for snowsports with a snow fun area including  terrain park today, Saturday, 1st December – the first day of meteorological summer in the southern hemisphere.

The resort’s decision came after it unexpectedly received around 10cm of snowfall just over a week ago, a few days after similar unusual late spring snowfall hit ski areas in Australia (Mt Hotham there is pictured below earlier this month, more than 6 weeks after it closed for the season).

Unusual snow in November in Australia

Mt Hotham unseasonal November snow.

Speaking on Friday, November 30th, a Cardrona spokesperson said,

“Prep is well underway – the grooming team are spreading out their massive pile of snow for beginner skiers/snowboarders, tubing AND they’re even putting in a couple of park features!”

The resort’s summer operations will still be in full swing with sightseeing gondola rides beginning from Saturday onwards and the Bike Park NZ will be up and running with a few trails on Wednesday

This being December Santa will also be at the Vista Bar at the top of the resort’s Chondola.

“Tubing will be running for as long as we have snow which is looking like a good couple of weeks,” the Cardrona spokesperson concluded.