An out-of-the-ordinary end-of-summer heavy snowfall in New Zealand last weekend means one resort, Mt Hutt, will be able to open for snowsports this weekend, more than three months ahead of its normal ski season start date.
Mt Hutt had over 20-inches of fresh snow up high, and lucky employees have already been out making their firsts turns. The southern hemisphere is still officially still in their summer season.
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Despite temperatures returning to normal, Mt Hutt expects the snow to last through the weekend, so they are planning to open to skiers and riders on Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd, before the snow disappears. Lift tickets will be $30, and proceeds will be going to local charities.
The resort did issue this heads-up though:
Skiing/riding is very limited and it is not mid-winter conditions so please be cautious as unmarked hazards exist around our ski area, thin snowpack in places with exposed rocks and sections where you would need to walk so bring old gear!
The Southern Hemisphere’s ski season usually begins in June or July with Mt Hutt targeting June 7 this year for their 2019 season start proper.