May Skiing And Boarding On The Cards For Mt Hutt

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Wed 13/May/09 8:41am

Skiers and riders can look forward to hitting Mt Hutt’s slopes later this month as ski area staff work to open two weeks ahead of schedule for the first time in at least 10 years.

Mt Hutt has received more than 170cm of snow over the past 12 days resulting in a 110cm snow base and a decision to work towards a Queen’s Birthday weekend opening on Saturday 30 May (conditions permitting).

It’s the best early snow the ski area has had in decades, according to Dave Wilson, Ski Area Manager for Mt Hutt.

“We’ve got awesome snow conditions so have decided to open early for some May skiing. But it’s been a big call to make,” he said. “There are huge logistics involved in opening a ski area ahead of schedule.”

Mr Wilson said the mountain crew would be working around the clock to bring their original schedule forward.

“We need to ensure our suppliers can meet our deadlines, go through all of our health and safety checks and ensure we have enough staff to provide the best possible snow experience from opening day.

“A lot of staff have changed their plans to get here early which is humbling. We’re also bringing in staff from our sister mountains (Coronet Peak and The Remarkables) in Queenstown to help us out.”

Mr Wilson said the Summit Six Chairlift, the Quad Chair and the Magic Carpet would be operating for the early opening and that the Triple Chair would open in the following weeks, snow dependant.

“Our outlook for a 30 May opening is positive as long as conditions remain favourable and the weather permits on the day,” he said.

Paul Creswick, from the Mt Hutt Marketing Group and owner of Brinkley Resort in Methven, said the news was fantastic.

“This is spectacular news for every tourism operator in town. The early opening and reports of lots of snow coupled with the soft New Zealand dollar and some great airline deals bodes well for everyone in Methven and the surrounding area this season,” he said.

“Many operators are already reporting a significant increase in domestic and international enquiries from last year,” he added.
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Re: May Skiing And Riding On The Cards For Mt Hutt

Postby Biker4Life on Wed 13/May/09 8:45am

riders?
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Re: May Skiing And Riding On The Cards For Mt Hutt

Postby Tama on Wed 13/May/09 8:56am

Biker4Life wrote:riders?

Have changed it to "boarding" :p
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Re: May Skiing And Boarding On The Cards For Mt Hutt

Postby Tama on Wed 13/May/09 9:57am


I think the theory is that with the snow making machines and colder high altitude temperatures they can pull off the early opening.
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Re: May Skiing And Boarding On The Cards For Mt Hutt

Postby Trail on Wed 13/May/09 10:17am

the thing they usually need for an early open is a good base. Which is sitting there at the moment. As long as the weather behaves and the base holds it will be fine for early opening, and could even be a whole lot more snow than they have had on other later opening days...

Does it really count as "Open for May skiing" when they are only just going to get the last two days of the month??
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Re: May Skiing And Boarding On The Cards For Mt Hutt

Postby Spyder on Wed 13/May/09 10:41am

Trail wrote:Does it really count as "Open for May skiing" when they are only just going to get the last two days of the month??


It's a quote from the special "Phrases for skifield operators" handbook. Bought at the same shop as special skifield snow depth measuring tape measures (1m ruler but in a handy 600mm size) and webcams that fail whenever the snow looks a bit shitty/depleted.
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Re: May Skiing And Boarding On The Cards For Mt Hutt

Postby bigJIMMY on Wed 13/May/09 12:12pm

it will melt again like all other years. to end up being mediocre.

save your money for three seasons then do 1 holiday in either japan or alaska.
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Re: May Skiing And Boarding On The Cards For Mt Hutt

Postby RJD on Wed 13/May/09 12:21pm

Hutt has a stack of new cams you can watch the queues build up on!
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Re: May Skiing And Boarding On The Cards For Mt Hutt

Postby radiusq on Wed 13/May/09 1:22pm

Spyder wrote:
Trail wrote:Does it really count as "Open for May skiing" when they are only just going to get the last two days of the month??


It's a quote from the special "Phrases for skifield operators" handbook. Bought at the same shop as special skifield snow depth measuring tape measures (1m ruler but in a handy 600mm size) and webcams that fail whenever the snow looks a bit shitty/depleted.


I don't think there's anything wrong with the size of the ruler, they just forget to mention that they measure the snow depth straight down the middle of a snowman.
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