All 4 fields at Lake Wanaka are now open and it’s not only Kiwis who are taking advantage of the fantastic snow the area has received:
Gabrielle Vance from Alaska, Lisa Christensen from Prince Edward Island, Canada, Lexis Sion from Mt Manganui amongst many others were there to christen the new season, the new snow.
Snow Farm, New Zealand’s only Nordic ski area, was the first field to open at the beginning of June offering first rate conditions on the many kilometres of world class cross country trails. Treble Cone opened last week with perfect conditions, great snow and no queues. Skiers and boarders enjoyed outstanding conditions with spectacular powder and all lifts operating.
The opening day at Treble Cone also featured New Zealand’s on-snow launch of The AirBag, a supersized, air-filled stunt cushion that provides a soft landing for aerial skiers and snowboarders.
This is New Zealand, whatever you want to try out on snow you can try it out here…
The ideal weather conditions and excellent snow base produced plenty of smiles at Cardrona Alpine Resort’s opening. A new 40 metre tunnel, providing a unique access route across the ski area proved popular with skiers and boarders. Cardrona now boasts the largest number of chair lifts in the South Island with the installation of the Valley View Quad, opening up even more terrain. Thank you to Salomon Freeski TV ep6 for this opening day video:
The roll-out of Lake Wanaka’s ski areas continued as the freestyle action got undweray at Snow Park NZ on Saturday. New for the terrain park is a learner tow rope and designated area for beginners as well as a new transport service to take passengers to and from the mountain every day with extra frequency for night riding sessions Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. This season Snow Park NZ will launch its 22ft halpipe and quarter pipe as well as many new rails and boxes.
James Helmore, general manager of Lake Wanaka Tourism (LakeWanakaNZ) said it was great to get the snow sports action underway for the season, “We are thrilled to welcome skiers and boarders from around the globe to enjoy the world class facilities and unique alpine town. We are looking forward to another fantastic season,” he said.
More snow is forecasted tonight…
Once again Lake Wanaka’s resorts will stage many national and international events this winter.
The FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Junior World Championships (19-31 August), Burton New Zealand Open (10-14 August) and The World Heli Challenge (30 July-9 August) will attract world class athletes and provide stunning action for spectators.
And to end on a lighter note, have you heard this one?
Two Skiers were on their way out on piste, one said, “Where did you get your new skis?”
The second skier replied, “Well, I was skiing along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman came up on these skis. She unclipped them from her bindings and threw them to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”
The second skier nodded approvingly, “Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn’t have fit…”