Cardrona gets mid-summer snow dump

Ski field workers in the South Island have been left scrambling to get their winter gear on and clear the roads after this weekend's wild weather left a record dumping of snow. 

Cardrona Ski Field, located in the Central Lakes District between Queenstown and Wanaka, usually becomes a hive for adrenaline junkies during the summer, offering activities like mountain biking and carting. 

But the mountain was closed Sunday morning, the 'weather bomb' bringing with it the most snow they've ever seen fall in January. 

Cardrona spokesperson Matt McIvor told Newshub the snow was 30cm deep "and it's still falling". 

"It definitely doesn't look like summer - it feels like the middle of winter up here," he said. 

Snow in January at Cardrona (supplied)
Snow in January at Cardrona (supplied)

"Crazy to think people were here mountain biking on Friday and now we're having to go clear there road, it's a bit random."

Treble Cone, the largest ski field In the Southern Lakes, was also surprised by a massive dumping.  

Video footage supplied by Cardrona Alpine Resort, featuring Matt McIvor, James Mulcahy and Davey McIlrath.