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Queenstown/Southern Lakes 2020

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With a view like this from home this morning i thought that it was time to start this seasons snow report thread



It is still a couple of months until the first lifts are due to open and we have the uncertainty of the Covid pandemic to work through but lets be hopeful that at least we will have a domestic season even if no international visitors are allowed in. Not much to report on new developments over the summer except for the installation of the new Sugar Bowl lift at the Remarkables. Rumors around town are that the European cable splicing team have been unable to travel here to do their important part of the job but with two months to go we could still be in luck. After last nights snow it was nice to get out for a walk along the Shotover river especially with the Autumn colours in fine form. Usually it's a busy place with the jet boat business in full operation and bus loads of tourists coming and going but it was so quiet and peaceful with only the sounds of the river and the bird song.



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Nice! Takes me back a few years.

My mum & dad just made it back to Scotland having got stuck in the NZ lock-down. They've been there since February!
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@stevomcd, They should have stayed here. Yesterday's new Covid case number for the whole country was just nine.
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Great pictures, I was in that exact spot a year ago, indeed my niece is still there (well, in lockdown a few miles along the road).
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Good to see the first snow of winter - evoking happy memories from an amazing trip to NZ last season Smile
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Loads up here this morning as well, just walked the hound on the beach, and the alps have snow down to about 1000m.

Was hoping to get my split out soon for a play, but Cinders sent me back to work yesterday.
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Tomorrow NZ is changing from our level 3 to level 2. New covid cases are only one or two per day with a few days of no new cases. This is a major freeing up of our lockdown rules and opens the way for our ski operators to commit to opening this season. Estimates of numbers of skiers and boarders expected in Queenstown this winter range from 25 to 50 percent of normal. A lot depends on how many New Zealanders have the money to spend on a snow holiday. Lots of rumors around town about what is planned by our two local ski area owners. NZSki has Coronet Peak and The Remarkables and Real Journeys/Wayfarer group has Mt Cardrona and Treble Cone. There is talk of each of them only opening one mountain at least to start with. Neither of them are recruiting staff for the season as yet but with scheduled openings only four or five weeks away I'm sure that will be changing soon. As they usually employ between 40 and 60 percent international staff there should be some more jobs for locals. Which would be great as most tourist businesses are shut down and lots of people out of work.
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@Sarge McSarge, Got an NZ trip planned for Sep 20 inbound from S. Korea so I'm hoping those two countries get their act together and agree to International Arrivals on a bilateral basis.
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Looks like there will be no general opening of the border for many many months. The Govt is talking about a gradual opening for countries that have covid totally under control and also have closed borders. So that is likely to be Australia first then selected Pacific island states. I can't see anything greater than that before a vaccine or an effective set of cure/control drugs.
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NZSki has announced its plans for the coming NZ season. Pretty much good news in hard times. Coronet Peak will open late June with all lifts etc operating. The Remakables opening in early July for school holidays and after that open for weekends only. There will be measures in place to comply with govt mandated distancing rules. The slightly delayed opening date allows for pre season maintenance to be carried out. So as long as we get snow it's looking good for the locals.
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5 days a week at Hutt based on weather, Dobson, porters, ohau all go, broken river confirmed they are doing accommodation and Craigieburn open to season pass holders only.

Looking like some interesting options open and hopefully some cheap places to stay in the Mackenzie

I heard Hutt will be not doing much snowmaking and grooming, but I’m hoping they will allow touring up there on the closed days.

Methven heli also operating so crossing fingers for the government to drop a stimulus payment over winter Happy
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https://www.snowsbest.com/new-zealand-announce-no-limit-to-daily-skier-numbers-in-2020/

No limit to numbers on the ski area announced. Good news.
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Coronet Peak have been testing their snow making system this morning just to get us in the mood. Cardrona and Treble Cone will both be open in late June so that is all the local areas open at some level this winter. It could be father quiet with no Aussies and possibly reduced numbers of New Zealanders due to the economic consequences of the pandemic.
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