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NEW ZEALAND NEEDS MORE SNOW - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Thursday June 27, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Resorts are relying on snow cannons & one has delayed its start. It's different news over in Australia & Chile opens this weekend. NEW



The Treble Cone ski area near Wanaka in the south island was due to open onThursday 27th June.

"Mother Nature hasn't played her part yet, we're just waiting for her to come to the party," said Treble Cone ski area general manager Toby Arnott to local media.

The resort has used 80m litres of water in its snow cannons but it is still not enough.

"Unfortunately, we won't be able to open the mountain on Thursday 27th June as we'd planned. We know that's disappointing and as soon as we have enough snow to open, we'll be right on it," said the resort on its Facebook page.

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Coronet Peak near Queenstown is open, but only thanks to its 222 snow cannons.

It last decent snowfall was at the beginning of June.

"It would be nice to get some natural snow and a decent dollop at that and when it comes we will rejoice," says Coronet Peak ski area manager Nigel Kerr.

"Until then we will work on being open having a product for our visitors."

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Mount Hutt made 13,000 tons of snow in the last week alone and has spread it over the main trails 

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Check out the video below of the snowmaking in Mt Hutt.


Sadly the forecast is not so good with no significant snowfalls predicted.

Here at PlanetSKI we'll keep you posted.

At the moment it's all a far cry from the snowfalls in Australia where the resorts are having a record-breaking start to winter as we have reported:
We were in the New Zealand last year:

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And if you go to NZ, it would be rude not to explore the country outside the ski fields....

And this is a great way to get around....

This weekend on Saturday 29th June Portillo in Chile opens for its ski season.




It looks like being a cracker of a season and we reckon this may be the year to head to South America as Portillo celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Facts about Ski Portillo:
  • Founded in 1949.
  • In 1966 Portillo became the first South American resort to host the World Skiing Championships.
  • 200km per hour speed barrier was broken in 1978 at Portillo, and the ski resort continues to be famous amongst expert skiers who visit Portillo for the amazingly steep slopes.
  • Warren Miller included Ski Portillo in his top 10 ski resorts in the world - many skiers will have seen the movie where some crazy dudes practice their ski jumping into the hotel swimming pool.
  • Unique lift design.
  • There's just one historic yellow Hotel Portillo
  • It feels like a private club, with benefits such as no lift lines and more fresh tracks.
  • The setting is spectacular: craggy peaks of the towering Andes Mountains, the emerald waters of Laguna del Inca, and the steep snow-covered slopes.
Here at PlanetSKI we haven't been to South America for a while but when we last there in Cerro Catedrale in Argentina  we made a short video that may give you a flavour of what it is all about.


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