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Queenstown/Southern Lakes 2021

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With the local lifts due to start operating in less than a month it's time to start this season's thread. The only really new development in the region is the installation of a new lift on Mt Cardrona. Well it is actually the refurbished old McDougalls chair. It is the first lift going into the Soho basin side of the mountain and will open up new terrain in an area called Willows Basin. Named after the 1988 movie Willow because this area was used for filming. The terrain is mostly intermediate and is south and west of the main base area. In the future there will be at least one new lift further north in the main Soho basin area. We still need a far bit of snow to open any lifts and there is a bit forecast over the next few days.
Further north in the mid and south Canterbury region there is a major weather event developing and snow forecasts for the ski areas range from 1.5m to over 2.5m. With flooding at lower altitudes.
Late last winter I moved from Queenstown a couple of hours away to rural Central Otago so won't be up on the snow as frequently as in previous years but will try to keep you updated as the season develops.
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Cheers Sarge McSarge.

I will enjoy your reports Smile As I've previously mentioned, we have a soft spot for NZ after a brilliant trip there (& a great time on the slopes of the South Island) in July 2019.

Here's to a great season for you down there!
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Hutt reporting 3-4 metres at the top, 40cm at the bottom - high freezing level.

Wouldn’t be surprised if their access road is a mess though. They had about half a metre of rain through there over 3 days.
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Yesterday The Remarkables opened for the season, the first or the southern areas to do so. But there is a catch. Only two beginner conveyor lifts operating. Early stats are showing that June is heading towards a record as the warmest ever for NZ. Good news is that there is a cold storm approaching for early next week, let us hope that is actually going to happen Confused
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