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Queenstown Transforms Into A Winter Wonderland In The First Major Snowfall Of 2021

By Armelle Frimpong
19th May 2021

Start digging out your gear, tuning your ski and snowboard and booking flights to Queenstown this winter because the NZ ski season starts this June. 

If you’re dreaming of hitting the slopes this winter then this news couldn’t come at a better time. Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak and Treble Cone have just announced the first major snow dump of 2021 which means this year’s ski season is off to a promising start.

To put this news into context, the first major snowfall of 2020 wasn’t recorded until a week into June, so 2021 is already three weeks ahead of the game, hallelujah. 

“We’ve been teased by a few dustings of snow over the past month and this winter blast has dumped 10cm of snow at Coronet Peak and 18cm at The Remarkables overnight with more to come. Combined with our snowmaking network cranking in these cold conditions, we’re getting set for a great start to the season,” said Paul Anderson, NZSki CEO.

“The first snow in May is always exciting for us. As well as having snow under our feet, the ground is cooling so we can look to start snowmaking when conditions allow. It’s a good sign of things to come,” adds Bridget Legnavsky, General Manager Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone Ski Area.

With Cardrona due to open on 12 June, Coronet Peak on 19 June, The Remarkables on 26 June and Treble Cone on 26 June, round up the crew because ski season is ON.

The details

What: Queenstown Ski Season 2021
Scheduled ski field opening dates: Cardrona—12 June, Coronet Peak—19 June, The Remarkables—26 June, Treble Cone—26 June

Why not head to QT for Queen's birthday weekend to check out the LUMA Southern Light Project.

Image credit: Coronet Peak by Paul Jones, Cardrona Alpine Resort Tue 18 May - Jen Houltham, Coronet Peak 18 May - Coronet Peak, Treble Cone by Ross Whitelaw, and Looking towards The Remarkables Tue 18 May - Coronet Peak. 

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