Weekend dumping of snow welcomed by Kiwi ski fields

  • 02/07/2017
Mt Cook National Park snowfall (Canterbury Weather Updates / Facebook)
It comes as heavy falls hit the Mackenzie Country around Ohau and Aoraki Mt Cook on Saturday. Photo credit: Canterbury Weather Updates / Facebook

Fresh dumps of snow on the South Island's ski resorts have Kiwi winter sports fans smiling.

While Saturday's rough weather blanketed Mt Cook village in snow and cut off some areas, snowfalls in Wanaka and Queenstown helped get the ski season off and running.

The biggest Saturday falls hit Cardrona Alpine Resort and The Remarkables where 15cm fell, with a further 10cm expected to dump on Cardrona on Sunday.

Elsewhere 3cm fell at Coronet Peak, 2cm at Treble Cone and a 3cm top up at the Snow Farm Nordic Ski Area, allowing it to open for the season.

On Sunday, the largest falls are set to hit the Ohau ski field where a large 52cm dump is expected to fall.

It comes as heavy falls hit the Mackenzie Country around Ohau and Aoraki Mt Cook on Saturday, leading to some areas being cut off and cars towed out.

"Heavy snow is falling in the Mt Cook National Park, bringing the village to a stand still! Parts of the village have over a foot of snow," the Canterbury Weather Updates Facebook page said on Saturday.

By Sunday morning, members had posted a series of picturesque winter photos showing Mt Cook village and a mountain hut covered in snow.

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