Around 2000 skiers and snowboarders were out today to enjoy opening day at Queenstown's The Remarkables ski area.
The first skiers were on the mountain well before dawn, and the first 100 waiting for the lifts were treated to free breakfast.
The Queenstown field's ski manager, Ross Lawrence, says current conditions mean the mountain's four chair lifts were all running on open day.
"What an awesome mix of locals, families, first-timers and even a few of our favourite Aussies we've seen here for the kick-off of the 2016 season.
"Our team's done an amazing job in bringing the trails to life, enabling us to operate with all four chairlifts, 100 percent of our beginner area and 80 percent of intermediate terrain, with plenty of off-piste for the adventurous. What more could you ask?
"Everyone's having a great time."
Opening day also marked the official "opening" of the newly sealed Remarkables access road, which leads up the mountain.