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South Island Ski Fields Receive Record Snowfall

July 5, 2013 Ski No Comments Email Email

New Zealand’s South Island ski fields are celebrating one of the best starts to the season in a generation.

Treble Cone and Roundhill have all been blanketed in two metres of quality snow in just the first few weeks of opening. Mt Hutt has broken all reliable records for the area with three and a half metres on the upper slopes and three at the base.

The fall has given the ski season a rosy outlook, according to Craig Douglas, Sales and Marketing Manager for NZ Ski Ltd which owns The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt. Mr. Douglas said increasing numbers of Australians are choosing New Zealand as their ski destination of choice this year.  “We are hearing from the travel trade that there has been a flurry of last minute bookings as a result of the great conditions,” he said.

All the wide open bowls and gentle slopes that New Zealand ski fields are renowned for have made for supreme ski conditions for all levels.

While snow is blanketing the mountains, it is also turning on the ski towns that play a big part in a New Zealand winter holiday. With so many off-piste activities such as golf, vineyards, dining options, adventure sports and hot pools places like Queenstown and Tekapo really come alive.

Tim Burgess, the General Manager for Tourism New Zealand in Australia, said the varying activities on and off the snow, coupled with the value for money of a New Zealand ski holiday, offers an unparalleled experience for Australian skiers.

“South Island ski holidays give visitors not only a ski experience at an international level but give a true alpine experience throughout their entire stay,” he said. “This tied in with a consistently favourable exchange rate makes New Zealand a growing winter destination of choice for Australian holiday makers.”

Travelling to New Zealand has also never been easier with 1210 flights to the South Island available throughout the season with Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Qantas and Jetstar.

Leanne Geraghty, General Manager Australia for Air New Zealand said “the airline (Air New Zealand) is encouraged by recent snowfalls in New Zealand. The early snowfalls indicate a healthy 2013 ski season which is likely to generate extra interest in the Australian marketplace for a New Zealand ski experience.”

Air New Zealand and alliance partner Virgin Australia together will add more than 30,000 extra seats between Australia and Queenstown over the peak winter period of July to September, enabling ease of access to the South Island’s premier ski fields.  The airlines will operate at least five additional return A320 services per week from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to Queenstown.

With the ease, accessibility and variety that is on offer from a winter holiday in New Zealand – and with snow falling in record levels – there is no better time for Australians to hop across the Tasman and experience it for themselves.

SONY DSCView from Mt. Hutt looking towards Christchurch featuring Rakaia River and Canterbury Plains (photographer: Georgie Boyd)

The Remarkables Credit Ben Kien
View from top of Alta – The Remarkables (photographer: Ben Kien)

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To plan and book a winter holiday visit www.newzealand.com

2013 ski season information: www.newezealandski.co.nz

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