NEW SNOW FOR MT HUTT AND QUEENSTOWN

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Skiers and snowboarders at Canterbury's Mt. Hutt ski were reveling in some of the lightest, driest powder snow seen at the ski area in a long time. "It's powder at its best up here at Mt Hutt with light, dry, squeaky mid-winter snow," said mountain manager Ross Lawrence. "There are a lot of smiles on faces, a lot of 'yahoo's' reverberating around the ski area, with people getting 'freshies' for the first time this season."



The ski area received 25cm of new snow on Wednesday night and woke this morning to picture postcard conditions with blue skies, cold temperatures and no wind. "This has really just blanketed the mountain," said Mr Lawrence. "It's enabled us to open up more terrain meaning people can now head out down mid Towers and upper Race Hill from the top of the triple chair."



Ski area staff were today packing down the snow and creating kickers for jumps in the new Cheapskates Terrain Park. "It will be great to get people into the terrain park and within a few days we hope to get some rails and features up and running in the park, including two or three new rails that are just being finished in Methven."



The snowmaking guns are also operating at full stretch on the mountain, adding to the mix in high traffic areas and directing more snow into one of the ski area's two half pipes.



"We're starting to move snow around and shape the top pipe so we'll get that up and running as soon as we can," said Mr Lawrence.



In Queenstown, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak have also been enjoying fantastic conditions for the school holidays.



The Remarkables received 25cm of new snow on Tuesday night, and Coronet Peak received 10cm.

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