NZ ski season is (finally) on as snow storm delivers

A scene of snow on high slopes and snow-less lower slopes in a mountain setting, a blue lake visible in the valley below. It's a beautiful New Zealand landscape

It all started so well when, earlier this year, freak snow opened up New Zealand ski resorts months before the official ski season. In March, Mt Hutt received a very unexpected 30cm of snow and decided to spin the lift for a one-off summer ski day.

Then in May, still a good month or two before peak season, Manganui in New Zealand’s North Island was the first ski area to open in the Southern Hemisphere after early snowfall.

Since then, however, it’s been touch and go with high temperatures and little snow.

Last week up to 80cm fell on New Zealand ski slopes, but ski resort closures followed after rain on lower slopes badly affected snowpack.

It’s been a yoyo winter, to say the least. But finally it seems like winter has got going, with an August storm delivering the goods. Although it’s hardly plain sailing just yet (with resorts – Mt Hutt, Cardrona – closed to handle to load), winter is looking up.

Take a look as New Zealand resorts enjoy the late arrival of winter and get skiing:

Broken River ski area | Facebook image 1 August

Mt Hutt 31 July | Facebook image
Coronet Peak 31 July | Facebook image

Check out the winter news from elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere (and the never-ending season in America):