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As the season draws to a close in New Zealand, Mother Nature ends it with a massive snow bomb. PlanetSKI reports from Down Under. UPDATED




The end of the ski season is imminent in New Zealand's South Island with some resorts closing as soon as this weekend.

But Mother Nature had decided otherwise and has just dumped over half a metre of snow on some of the South Island’s ski resorts.

There was snow down to the lakes at both Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown and at Lake Wanaka and there was some disruption at Queenstown airport.

Treble Cone close to Lake Wanaka, is to be one of the first ski areas to close, on Sunday 23rd September, but after an estimated 60cm of fresh pow they may be tempted to continue for a while longer.


Closes Sunday 14th October

Another ski area close to Lake Wanaka is Cardrona that has had a dump of 35cm snow.

This is what it looked like on Sunday as the snow storm was thrashing the South Island.

On Monday they remained closed while the clear up operation took place.

They said, "We've got two graders on the road & still can't keep it clear. We're CLOSED today while we try & get a handle on all this snow!"

Cardrona on Monday morning remained closed!Cardrona on Monday morning remained closed!
















PlanetSKI has recently visited New Zealand's South Island for a spot of skiing at a number of the ski areas now being hit by the snow.

And while the conditions were good earlier this month, we're somewhat jealous we didn't benefit from a stash like this.

And on Tuesday morning ... well, to us it looks like heaven.

The video below of the new snow was shot by Tom Christie in Cardrona.

Cardrona - Tuesday 18th SeptemberCardrona - Tuesday 18th September










Read some of our NZ articles below:

Coronet Peak:

Closes Sunday 7th October

Another ski area closeby is Coronet Peak.

It boasted 60cm of fresh snow and as the cloud lifted on Tuesday morning this is how it looked.


In other NZ ski resorts the snow hasn’t been quite so heavy, but there was still enough to transform the conditions for a decent ski.

The Remarkables: 

Closes Sunday 7th October

Further south in Queenstown, The Remarkables has had a fresh stash of powder too of around 30cm.

The video below looks as though it has been shot sideways, it corrects itself so check out the stunning colours and snow conditions.

The skier at The Remarkables in the image below is Hannah Wilson (@spannahwilson), and the photographer is Blake Marshall (@blakeamarshall).

The Remarkables - 18th Sepember 2018The Remarkables - 18th Sepember 2018















Mt Hutt:

Closes Sunday 14th October

Some snow has also fallen at Mt Hutt that is close to Christchurch, as shown in Monday's video below.

Though the amount is considerably less with 5cm - 10cm of snow.


On Tuesday morning Mt Hutt put out the following statement:

"It's shaping up to be an absolutely amazing weather day up here! We are well above the low that is slowly clearing away from around the base of the mountain and visibility is unlimited. Light breezes and sunshine are forecast all day."

"We received 5-10cm of new snow around the tops yesterday. It's going to be a classic spring day up here with the snow pack starting off firm and fast and then softening to corn as the day warms up. Chains carried today."

Happy skiing guys! ❄️ ⛷

And on our PlanetSKI trip Down Under we have recently arrived in Australia where it is none too shabby:

Looking good in OzLooking good in Oz














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