Early season snow and pent-up demand are causing some New Zealand ski fields to consider opening early, reports the NZ Herald.
Accommodation and rental companies report that they are almost fully booked, both with New Zealand tourists and travelers from Australia.
“Forward bookings for centers within close proximity to ski fields such as Queenstown are up 115 percent over 2019 and Ruapehu is up 85 percent.”
– Zaina Razzaq, industry spokesperson
Early season snow has raised the stoke for what people are hoping will be a bumper season. As a result, some areas are seeing double the interest they did before the covid-19 pandemic.
Coronet Peak is considering opening a week early, on June 12, if conditions allow.
Mt. Hutt is scheduled to open June 11, Coronet Peak June 19, and The Remarkables June 26.