An unusual end-of-summer heavy snowfall in New Zealand last weekend has led one resort to announce it is opening for snowsports this weekend, more than three months ahead of its official 2019 ski season start date.
Mt Hutt says it has had 30-40cm of snow fall on its lower slopes and over 50cm of snow on upper runs and staff have already been out making their firsts turns in what are the last few days of meteorological summertime in the southern hemisphere. Other ski areas in New Zealand have reported similar snowfalls.’
Just in case you live on another planet this was yesterday at Hutt. Yep just another day skiing the pow pow. Want some? Then come up this weekend as we are open on Saturday for a fun day fundraising for Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue. www.discovermthutt.co.nz
Posted by Mt Hutt on Monday, 25 February 2019
Temperatures have since shot back up to 10C+ but Mt Hutt expect the snow to last until the weekend with another cold front from Antarctica moving in. So the plan is to open for snowsports on Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd, before the snow melts.
The Southern Hemisphere’s ski season usually begins in June or July with Mt Hutt targeting June 7 this year for their 2019 season start.