On Monday 16th May Queenstown welcomed it's first of exciting overnight snowfalls for the up and coming winter season. The result? Surrounding Ski Fields, Tour Operators and locals flooded Instagram with an array of excitement.
Winters on it's way!! ❄️ Image: instagram.com/stroemlisa
Coronet Peak Ski Field announced on their Instagram that "Snowmaking has begun! Temps dropped down to minus 7 overnight so we switched on the guns and made 600 cubic meters of snow along with a nice dusting of the real stuff. More weather in the forecast later this week too. 26 days to go!!!"
Coronet Ski Field Manager Ross Copland stated that “Once the wild weather passed and the winds died down we were in full snowmaking mode, making about 600 cubic metres of snow in twelve hours on main trails. “The first snow is always a huge boost for staff, and there’s a real sense of excitement and anticipation in Queenstown. Keen snowboarders and skiers the length and breadth of the country are all looking forward to another epic season up at Coronet Peak.”
Skyline Queenstown posted this amazing photo from their viewing platform on Instagram, declaring "the snow has arrived in Queenstown."
Cardrona Ski Field also welcomed its first snowfall last week (12th May) receiving 3cm of natural snowfall overnight, Earlier in the week Cardrona turned to Instagram to announce that the "guns are pumping!"
It's that time of the year in Queenstown where the town begins to buzz in preparation for the season. With four world class ski fields on Queenstown's doorstep, the climaxing anticipation and the flood of tourists and snow junkies that frantically begin to book their early bird passes, flights and accommodation - there's no surprises why.
Ross Lawrence, Manager of the Remarkables Ski Field said that the slopes received 5cm on natural snow on Monday night as the temperature dropped to minus 5 degree early Tuesday morning. It is expected that the ski field to open by the 18th June, posting their first snow update for the season on their Instagram page.
Treble Cone on the other hand received its first snowfall for the year on the 12th May - a hefty 10cm! Check out the Facebook update posted from Saddle Basin!
Main article image courtesy of: instagram.com/stroemlisa