The recent snap of cold weather has enabled New Zealand’s ski fields to open early.
Cardrona ski field opened on Saturday while Coronet Peak will open later this week on Thursday.
Across the country, it looks like most ski fields will open at least two weeks earlier than last year.
Cardrona received 32cm of snow last week and then another 15cm-18cm on Thursday, which enabled it to be the first ski field to open.
In the North Island, Mt Ruapehu ski area Whakapapa opened on the weekend with about 2500 people enjoying sledding and beginner’s skiing on man-made snow.
The main trails at the ski areas are due to open in early July.
Many New Zealand ski fields are hoping for a bumper season in 2022, following 2 years without overseas visitors.