New Zealand’s ski season has started in the South Island.
Last week Canterbury’s Mt Hutt has opened its slopes for the season, after a new sprinkling of snow dusted the mountains.
Mount Hutt is the first South Island commercial field to open this season. Low snow levels and high temperatures have forced other fields to push back their opening dates to next week.
Mount Hutt has installed a new 8 person chair lift called the The Nor’West Express . It takes just two minutes to reach the top of the run and can carry up to 3000 people an hour.
In the North Island, Mt Ruapehu’s Happy Valley ski area opened on Queen’s Birthday weekend in early June. However, the full slopes will not be opened until more snow has fallen.